Located in Centre County, Pennsylvania, State College is a college town heavily influenced by the campus life of Penn State University and have gained the nickname “Happy Valley” for its resilience during the Great Depression. Downtown State College provide the public with essential resource, accommodation, and entertainment that stretch along College Ave and Beaver Ave. In 2010, CQ Press ranked State College as the third-safest metropolitan area in the country. They say there’s something magical about the Nittany Valley, where time just seems to stand still. Updates on the downtown area’s current affairs and additions can be located on this topic page.
Downtown News and Blogs
Who said print was dead? Over at comic swap, superheroes and villains have been fighting it out for years. Publishers have been trying to push digital comics, but there’s no comparison to having a real book in your hand. And that’s why you owe it to yourself to find your local comic book store this Saturday for Free Comic Book Day.
Though the rest of the state of Pennsylvania chose Mitt Romney, the results of yesterday’s primary election show that Penn State and State College voters don’t have enough faith in the Republican front-runner to beat Barack Obama in November. This college town is still occupied by the Obama zombies that have failed to die out after the craze of 2008 fizzled into the reality we face today of stagnant job growth, a congress rife with conflict, and an ever increasing deficit.
State College sustainability organization New Leaf is launching the co.space, a co-ed, co-living professional fraternity with a common interest in Social Innovation. The unique project being launched this Thursday where guests will have the opportunity to tour the facility
According to an email sent by the Borough of State College Parking Department, a new initiative to raise money for THON will begin today. The borough has installed four of six parking “meters” painted by local THON children at various places in the State College area.
Despite two decades of musical expertise and a stage loaded with pianos, string instruments, and drums; the spotlight was on the crowd last night at The State Theatre. Guster, a cult hit in the alternative scene, performed a stripped down, intimate acoustic performance where the the audience wasn’t just passive consumers of the band’s breed of bluesy jams, but a co-conspirator, guiding the night with requests from tweets, shouts and a “fish bowl.”
This week’s competition is between the two most well-known outdoor patio bars in State College: Cafe 210 West and Mad Mex. Let’s be honest, when it’s 75 degrees and sunny outside, there are few things better than (legally) drinking outside. The two downtown establishments with the largest outdoor seating areas are Cafe 210 West and Mad Mex. Both of these places have large patios which are perfect for soaking in the sun and downing a few choice beverages. Let the battle begin.
From Bob Dylan vinyl to used Tom Clancy novels to steamed soy milk–it was apparent this weekend that Webster’s Bookstore & Cafe has rebounded from the financial woes that closed its previous location. Webster’s is back at it, serving the coffee sippin’, beret wearin’ counter culture of State College once again, and it feels like they never left.
Everyday we wake up, put on our shoes, and walk. We walk to class, we walk to work, or we walk to meet with friends. Everyday, we mindlessly walk to a destination determined by our schedules. But this Sunday, some students will walk for a purpose.
Always wanted to create the next Words with Friends? A variety of local businesses have teamed up with the College of Information and Science Technologies to sponsor the 2012 Penn State Hackathon.
Okay, so we’re starting off our “Bar Wars” series backwards here…but let’s be honest: you have to end up at a club at the end of the night. It’s important to conclude any night in a fun atmosphere, especially a bar tour. After drinking all day, you’ll want an exciting environment. The club selection at PSU is… let’s go with, limited, so we took the two clubs downtown and put them head-to-head in this week’s Bar Wars challenge. So what’s it gonna be? Indigo or Levels? Andrew Tarr took the task of going to both Indigo and Levels to rank the two via several categories. The results are after the jump.
Ever since Grillers was shut down by the State College Department of Ordinance Enforcement & Public Health (those clean freak bastards) I have been in a state of mourning. So on Friday night when I was drinking underage and heard the news whilst stumbling my way over to Beaver ave I was an emotional wreck. Luckily, I was pointed in the direction of Billy O’s.
I’m no vegetarian, but I can imagine the difficulty it is to find anything to eat when it seems like every eating establishment tailors their menu to its carnivore consumers. But once you leave the HUB island, the downtown area actually provides a selection of different places for vegetarians to enjoy food choices other than salads. Here are 10 vegetarian-friendly places in downtown State College to save you from the HUB’s salad bar and veggie dip.
When the doors to this mythical place finally opened, everyone was beyond ready to get in and finally enjoy themselves. Unfortunately, Onward State was not granted media access that had been previously discussed, and it is for this reason that we can’t really tell you how it was. We’re not even sure if the promised DJs were even there. However, based upon the general reactions on Twitter, it seems as though the wait was far from worth it.
Remember that time Levels opened? Oh, wait. It still hasn’t happened yet. There was yet another delay today in the widely anticipated grand opening of Levels Nightclub when their plumbing system backed up. A post on their Facebook account this afternoon informed potential parties of the plumbing plight, apologizing for the delay, which has become a pattern as this is now their second canceled premier.
Let’s be real, though—when we talk about being Proud Penn State Partiers, it’s not just about how drunk you can get—anyone with a liver can get utterly blotto and brag about how much they don’t remember doing. The real point of pride is having your cake and eating it, too.
To see what downtown realtors had planned for this day of revelry, staff members of Onward State called their offices multiple times during the past week. The realtors declined to provide us information as to whether any action will be taken to restrict or prevent excessive partying on State Patty’s Day.
While football and commercials are two of the main focal points of conversation during the Super Bowl, there is no denying that a big part of the experience leading up to the big game is the food. Wings, nachos, pizza, buffalo chicken dip, sandwiches, and more. No matter what your preferred food is, many choose to go all out on Super Bowl Sunday.
Do you have an idea or entrepreneurial venture that you want to bring to fruition? Beginning next Monday, the Penn State innovative group Innoblue will be hosting a free “Entrepreneurship Bootcamp” program.
According the Innoblue, over the course of twelve meetings, individuals and ventures will receive fast-paced training on the skills and tools necessary to launch a start-up. The program will run from February 13th to March 30th in the Innoblue Garage (also home to Onward State headquarters).
In case you missed it, or found out about this event the very last minute, Red Bull stopped at State College on their Butter Cup Contest Series tour Friday, February 3, in the parking lot just outside of the Gingerbread Man and Chipotle. Check out the winners and photos of the event after the jump.
Michael Pilato, the local artist and proud creator of the mural on Heister Street, has been busy lately. The mural that he calls “Inspiration” has seen a couple modifications since November and maybe seeing a few more in the coming months.
False claims into the legitimacy of a new potential downtown nightclub have prompted two investigations into the source of those claims. State College Police Sgt. Greg Brauser said an investigation determined Levels Nighclub is not a fraudulent business, despite claims on Facebook suggesting otherwise.