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
A bright red sign that reads “We’re Moving On” hangs from the window of the State College vintage store, The Rag and Bone. At the end of this year, the East Calder Way store front will be permanently closed. But all of the costume jewelry, funky colored wigs, derby hats and one-piece bathing suites will continue to be sold under The Rag and Bone name from an online store. Learn more about the retro shop’s move into the virtual after the jump.
Historic downtown State College bar Zeno’s Pub celebrates its 40th anniversary this Saturday. With a full lineup of music and events, one of the best college bars in America promises to have one of the best parties of our lifetime. Rock out with lots of beer and local music at Zeno’s this weekend! Read on for more info after the jump.
As I’ve previously mentioned, Penn Kebab is one of the best places to get some handcrafted fast food. To be honest, I’m not sure how the people who live in the apartments above Penn Kebab don’t weigh 500 pounds, but I guess they possess some self-control.
As the temperatures in Centre County start to drop, fall colors blanket the region’s mountains and valleys. To experience this seasonal change in full, however, you’ll need to venture out of the bubble of State College. In this edition of “Onward & Outward”, we take you to two hidden gems in Rothrock State Forest: the Alan Seeger Natural Area, and Greenwood Fire Tower.
My first thought as I’m walking into The Fraser Street Deli: holy shit this menu is freaking huge. And by huge, I mean there are around two hundred diverse arrays of Boar’s Head Brand Meats and Cheeses, along with 12 different choices of locally baked bread.
I really wish I didn’t have to do this. However, due to a recent trip back to Joie de Crêpe, I feel like I need to write a retraction of some sort. A place where I could once get the best crêpe I’ve ever eaten on this side of the Atlantic, has turned into an establishment I wouldn’t ever go back to. It’s bad, kids. Pretty damn bad.
I love noodles. I could eat them for every meal, every day, and every month of the year. (In my ideal world I would—I might weigh 200 pounds heavier but I would be 200% happier). If this is familiar to you in any way, then the opening of Noodles and Company downtown will make you jump for joy as you get your fat pants out of the closet.
Downtown State College will be getting a new store where fashionistas in Centre County and beyond will be able to buy, sell and even trade clothes to build their closets. Learn more about The Attic, a new consignment store opening Downtown after the jump!
Have you ever dreamed of having a few drinks and kicking back with former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain? If you’re like me, the answer is an unequivocal yes. And if you’re also like me, you’ll be doing just that next month on October 17 at the State Theatre as the “2012 College Truth Tour” makes its stop in State College.
Squirrels. Outrageously priced clothing. Freshmen. Out of all of the things State College has in abundance, there’s one thing that there can never be enough of: Asian restaurants. Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese — every single one has something different to offer. Scott Wong, the owner of Greenbowl, seems to agree, as his newest Vietnamese themed restaurant Lemongrass opened its doors just last week.
Put a face to the 140 characters this Wednesday at the @OnwardState / @PSUQuiznos Tweet-Up. From 1 p.m.-2 p.m, your favorite student-bloggers will be mingling (yes, out in the real world) with Twitter followers at our favorite Beaver Avenue sub-shop, Quiznos.
Football games tend to make me hungry—although witnessing any amount of athletic dominance will do that to a girl. The suspense! The pageantry! The unbridled blood lust! I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. So to make sure you eat properly before and after witnessing some Ohio ass-kicking, here are my suggestions.
But in all seriousness, the State College Borough Council did a good thing this week. The controversial Pennsylvania Voter ID Law was upheld by the courts last week, which requires voters to show ID’s at the polls, and potentially disenfranchises thousands of voters who didn’t have the foresight or means to obtain proper ID. Borough Council decided to hold a public forum where citizens could come and voice their opinion on a council resolution that would condemn the new law.
State College Mayor Elizabeth Goreham released a statement on the borough’s website regarding the recent sanctions and scandal, with a special emphasis on what the community can do to adress the issue of sexual abuse.
Joie de Crêpe in downtown State College is a tribute to all things French—accordion music, the fleur-de-lis, and (of course) butter. Specializing in gourmet crêpes and Belgian waffles, Joie de Crêpe is owner Hitham Hiyajneh’s take on the traditional French crêperie. (You may have seen Hitham at his other delicious establishment, Pita Cabana). Crêpe stands can be found on every street corner in Paris and are known for being quick and casual places to grab a bite to eat for cheap. Joie de Crêpe is no different.
Apart from being that annual summer weekend when everyone descends back into State College to reunite, the Central Pennsylvania Festival for the Arts actually has a primary function, and a really good one at that. When you walk around downtown, there’s a ton of really great artwork and performances that make you wonder to yourself, “What brought all this stuff to the middle of Pennsylvania?”
Downtown State College, like many college towns, is known for its various drinking establishments. One of those bars is even receiving a bit of national recognition. Men’s Health recently named the “Best College Beer Bars in America,” and Zeno’s was one of the top twenty.
Aside from daylonging in fratland, State College has many fun ways to entertain the student population over the summer months. From swimming to hiking to playing a round of golf, this is the Onward State guide of things to do in State College over the summer–fine tuned for the Penn State student.
Business for the downtown State College sweet spot, Campus Candy, has gone sour. The go-to location for frozen yogurt and over-priced bags of assorted sugary goodness is closing their doors after operating the College Avenue store front for just a little over a year. Learn more about Campus Candy shutting down their State College location and taking a new direction for the Campus Candy franchise after the jump.
Though the windows are boarded up and there aren’t droves of stumbling customers ordering Fat Bitches from the Are U Hungry location on West Beaver Ave, the distinct sounds of jack hammers rattle from inside the once popular late night spot and a sign hangs in the window that reads “Coming Soon: Chrome Bar & Hookah Lounge.”
Despite rumors that the beloved mass distributor of sauce-drenched chicken fingers, Wings Over Happy Valley, was closing for good, the local favorite for late night delivery will be continuing business from a new location at the Hamilton Plaza. They’ll be starting their move as early as next month and will be totally vacated from their Parkway Plaza location by August 1st.
That’s right! For the first time, according to the Centre Daily Times, this year’s Central PA 4th Fest celebration will feature a full-on parade. The Borough Council unanimously voted in favor of street closures to accommodate the inaugural Parade of Heroes. The parade is set to begin at 2 p.m. on July 4 at the Borough Building at 234 S. Allen St.