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Business and Real Estate: Shopping

Chef Robert Irvine of “Restaurant Impossible,” center, talks to Mamma Lucrezia’s Pizzeria owner Mariarosa Albegiani, third from right, while filming at the Bellefonte restaurant in 2014.
Chef Robert Irvine of “Restaurant Impossible,” center, talks to Mamma Lucrezia’s Pizzeria owner Mariarosa Albegiani, third from right, while filming at the Bellefonte restaurant in 2014. CDT file photo

Here’s a brief guide to shopping in Centre County.

Centre Region north

The State College area’s North Atherton corridor continues to grow, from Trader Joe’s plaza to a new development that’s been proposed in the old A&P store between Chick-fil-A and Denny’s on North Atherton.

Those stores are just around the corner or down the road from national retailers such as Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Target, Kohl’s, Home Depot, Lowe’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Jezebel’s Botique relocated to the area.

Centre Region south

Merchants along South Atherton Street have seen growth in recent years.

Anchors in that area are Weis Markets, Meyer Dairy, Ollie’s and a new CVS store on the corner of University Drive Extension.

Weis Markets renovated and expanded its store on Rolling Ridge Drive, and the update to the McDonald’s across the street has been completed. Also in recent years, Home Delivery Pizza Pub doubled its seating capacity and added microbrew beer, and IHOP moved into the county.

Centre Region east

The Nittany Mall boasts anchor stores in Bon-Ton, Macy’s and Sears, along with Gymboree, American Eagle Outfitters, Bath and Body Works and Victoria’s Secret. Planet Fitness also opened in the mall in December. JCPenney and RadioShack closed.

Big Lots, Stover’s Furniture and JoAnn Fabrics are across the street from the mall, along with Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club and Office Depot. Furniture Solutions closed.

Downtown State College

There are plenty of shops for gifts and special items, such as The Apple Tree, Avant Garden, Gift Adventures and Home Reflections.

Other local stops include Animal Kingdom, Kitchen Kaboodle, Music Mart, Uncle Eli’s, Rapid Transit Sports and Webster’s Bookstore & Café.

Penn State students and alumni can find everything blue and white at the Student Book Store, Lions Pride, Old State Clothing, Family Clothesline and McLanahan’s Student Store and Penn State Room.

For a variety of clothing options, visit Mr. Tux, Harper’s Shop for Men, Abercrombie and Fitch and Appalachian Outdoors.

While shopping in downtown State College, stop in any of the dozens of great eateries: the Corner Room and Allen Street Grill, the Tavern, Ye Old College Diner, Spats Cafe, The Deli, Herwig’s Austrian Food and Zola Kitchen and Wine Bar. Chili’s closed.

The downtown also boasts numerous pizza, sub and sandwich shops along with various national restaurant chains. A Sheetz, which will sell beer, will open in the fall.


The county seat offers a Victorian backdrop for shops and restaurants.

The historic community is home to numerous bed-and-breakfast options, including The Queen and Reynolds Mansion.

Favorite shopping spots include Confer’s Jewelers, Woodring’s Floral Gardens, Capperella Furniture and Plaza Centre Antiques Gallery.

Route 144 west leads to the growing Benner Pike corridor, home to Klaban’s Home Furnishings and Your Furniture 4 Less.

Downtown Bellefonte offers a variety of eateries, including Cafe on the Park, Diamond Deli, Mamma Lucrezia’s, the Bellefonte Wok, Pizza Mia, The Governors Pub and Cool Beans Coffee and Tea.

On Route 550 east of the borough, visitors can encounter two local dining favorites, Bonfatto’s and Home Delivery Pizza, as well as Weis Markets for groceries.

The Gamble Mill and Bellefonte Twist closed.


This borough offers a variety of shopping opportunities, both fun and functional. If you want to build your house, visit Certified Builders Wholesale or Your Building Center. To maintain it, drop by Kephart’s Hardware or Philipsburg True Value.

The community features places for feeling good (Grattan’s Pharmacy and Moshannon Valley Pharmacy) and looking good (Nails by Nicci and BioSalon). If you want the kind of sparkle that comes from within, try the Philipsburg Massage Clinic and Yoga and Tai Chi Studio. If you want something glittery on the outside, pick up something flashy at Front Street Jewelers or Ricotta Jewelry.

Other popular spots include Conklin’s Corner Antique & Gift Barn, and Philipsburg County Market, with its Starr Hills Winery wineshop, and the town’s historic showplace, The Rowland Theatre, with nightly movies and occasional special productions and weekend matinees.

Don’t forget about food. Philipsburg’s Retro Eatery, Sarina’s, a totally different kind of Hi Way Pizza and Hogs Galore, a barbecue joint with an attached butcher shop, make for some unique eats.

It all adds up to shopping options aplenty across Centre County.

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