It’s not every day that your doctor is affected by the very thing they specialize in.
Richard Foust’s understanding and concern for patients, however, is unique because he has worn hearing aids for more than 25 years.
“I’ve worn hearing aids even when hearing aids weren’t too good,” he said.
Foust, an audiologist, will open his fourth clinic in the state May 1 at 252 Match Factory Place in Bellefonte, specifically to diagnose and treat hearing impairments. The new Centre Audiology and Hearing Aids, Inc. location will offer audiology evaluations, hearing loss rehabilitation, counseling and hearing aid technology.
His other locations are in Clearfield, DuBois and St Mary’s.
“I was retired, but I didn’t like it,” Foust said. “My wife and I moved close to State College to retire, and I tried. I just didn’t have enough hobbies to keep me busy, so I’m going back to work. That’ll be my new hobby. I like to help people.”
Foust said he never completely retired.
“I’ve always been up to date,” he said. “When someone from another office had some time off I went in to work, and I missed doing it all the time.”
Peter Liu didn’t like walking out of State College hair salons feeling like a stylist didn’t get it right.
So, he opened SZ Styling with three hand-picked stylists from New York.
“All the salons I went to didn’t do a good job, and I didn’t think they cared,” Liu, a senior at Penn State, said. “I’m trying to bring a fresh style to State College with stylists that I would let do my hair, because I want to look good. I know other people want to look good, too, and I’m want to bring them the right stylists to do it.”
Liu pitched SZ Styling to his stylists after seeing their work in New York. He asked them to come to State College to get a feel for the gown town.
“I personally made sure I knew that they cared about what they do and that they’re great at what they do,” Liu said. “I also made sure they would fall in love with State College, so I asked them to come down here to show them how much more beautiful and peaceful it is compared to New York. I think they’re a great fit for State College.”
The stylists, he said, will design hairstyles specific to the individual.
“We each have different head shapes and different desires, and they know how to design something for you that will give you what you want to look your best,” Liu said.
The salon, which also offers hot body massages, will provide nail services in the future.
Building a foundation
Massaro Construction Management Services recently opened an office in Bellefonte.
Headquartered in Pittsburgh, MCMS has serviced customers in central Pennsylvania for five years. The Central Pennsylvania Massaro team is led by senior project manager Kevin Nestor.
The new office is located directly across from the Centre County Courthouse at 117 E. High St. to provide a customer resource center in the region.
“We become integral teammates on each project by assuming lead management roles, enabling our customers to focus on their business and not their construction project,” Nestor said.
The company is working on the rebuilding of State College Area Schools District’s high school; the project will begin in the summer and will last several years.
“That project is just getting off the ground, and it’s in the pre-construction phase, and site work will begin this summer,” Nestor said.
MCMS also has completed several Penn State projects like the Biobehavioral Health Building and the Health and Human Development Building.
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