IHOP work to begin ‘any day’ as chain comes to State College area

IHOP representative Craig Hoffman said the restaurant has a projected opening date by the end of November.

He said renovations to the building and its grounds, 1661 S. Atherton St., “should be happening any day.”

“We have a specific IHOP model,” Hoffman said about remodeling. “We’re looking forward to serving the area.”

Hoffman was not specific with why it has taken so long for the restaurant to begin work, despite a “coming soon” sign on the property for quite some time.

The restaurant will be in a 5,812-square-foot building on a 1.12-acre lot that was formerly a Perkins.

Store prepares for Halloween

Spirit Halloween, 1101 N. Atherton St., put up its sign on Wednesday over a faded Blockbuster sign.

Walter Peters, district sales manager, said the seasonal-based Halloween decor and costume store would be open by Labor Day and close Nov. 2.

He said the store is celebrating its 30th year in businesses this year and eighth year in State College. Peters added that the last three years, the store has been on the corner of North Atherton Street and Cherry Lane.

Adult Transitional Care arrives

In May, Adult Transitional Care opened at 352 Norle St.

The service is a three-division business for adults transitioning to new beginnings.

Partner Connie Corl said the business offers nonmedical personal care, residential management and offers senior move management.

She said the service was opened due to the increasing need to help others in the community.

“We are three professionals who got together to see what we felt was needed in the community. After researching our community needs, we chose to offer these three necessary areas. We wanted to partner with clients to achieve a high level of physical, social, spiritual and emotional well-being,” Corl said. “We want to help clients generate a positive outlook during times of transition.”

The mission, Corl said, is to provide a compassionate, high quality, cost-effective service for adults experiencing transitions.

The partners include Corl, Celina Jovel and Mary Ann Curren.

For more information, call 954-2821 or visit

TechCelerator workshop

The TechCelerator@State College will hold its no-charge “Research to Start-Up” workshop 3 p.m. Tuesday at room 243, across from The Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center.

The workshop, co-sponsored by Ben Franklin’s Transformation Business Services Network, Penn State’s Small Business Development Center and the Penn State Office of Technology Management, is a way for individuals considering starting a business to discuss ideas with others who are in the same boat.

For more information, contact Don McCandless at 865-2040 or Maria Kirby at 867-2986. To register, visit

Patton business group meets

The Patton Township Business Association will hold its monthly meeting noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Patton Township Municipal Building, 100 Patton Plaza.

The speakers include U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson.

Meetings are held at noon the fourth Wednesday of each month, except on holidays, at the municipal building.

To make a reservation, contact David Panko at 237-2822 or by email at

The event is catered by Otto’s Pub & Brewery at $6 per person.