Bits of Business | Extreme athletes to open coffee shop in borough

Rothrock Coffee will open next door to PYP Studio in the Creekside Plaza on South Atherton Street in State College.
Rothrock Coffee will open next door to PYP Studio in the Creekside Plaza on South Atherton Street in State College. CDT photo

Jamie Bestwick owns a record nine consecutive X Games Vert golds.

He also hopes to put together a winning formula for a new State College cafe called Rothrock Coffee.

Bestwick and fellow BMX competitor Ronnie Napolitan will open a coffee shop next to PYP Studio, which Bestwick, his wife Kerry and business partner Janet Egerer own at 1748 S. Atherton St. in the Creekside Plaza. The coffee shop is planned to open in October.

“That plaza is such a wonderful location, and even when PYP Studio wasn’t there it was wonderful,” Kerry Bestwick said. “It’s always been so busy, and all they need is a small roasting coffee shop.”

Jamie Bestwick trained around the country for about a year to get the business ready.

“Through traveling like I have done over the years I’ve sought out great coffee, and its easy to go to get a morning cup of sludge from some places you see everywhere,” Jamie Bestwick said. “While I’ve been traveling I tried new things and my eyes opened up to what’s really out there, the preparation of it, and I found a tremendous appreciation for it.”

The 1,500-square-foot cafe will seat about 35 people.

“The roasting facility will be in view for people to see the roasting,” Jamie Bestwick said. “It will be a unique shop.”

PYP Studio will also expand 1,500 square feet to have a larger yoga and fitness room. The extra space will also increase the cycling room’s capacity from 18 to 50 people.

Law firm expands

Goodall & Yurchak, based in State College, recently announced its acquisition of Steinbacher and Stahl, a Williamsport elder care law firm. The firm will be called Steinbacher, Stahl, Goodall & Yurchak.

Amos Goodall and Kathleen Yurchak, as well as the State College office located on South Atherton Street, will continue to serve their current and future clients with no anticipated changes to their staff, office location or scope of legal services.

Goodall, in a press release, said the two firms are “similar in size and culture, combining practice strengths that are highly complementary.”

Both firms focus on estate planning, special needs planning and estate administration. Goodall & Yurchak offers personal injury, litigation, employment and labor law, bankruptcy and debt resolution services. Steinbacher & Stahl advocates planning before the point of need, in advance of a health care crisis and offers crisis nursing home planning, wealth protection and tax planning and business succession planning.

The combination of firms will result in a comprehensive range of legal services and resources available to current and future clients in State College and Williamsport.

Five years and counting

Todd Laubach, who recently celebrated is business’ five-year anniversary, helps gets cars back on the road.

His journey to opening his business, however, was a road less traveled.

Laubach was laid off of his welding job about seven years ago, but found a way to turn a negative into a positive. With money he had saved he decided to open Laubach’s Body Shop at 6370 S. Eagle Valley Road in Julian.

“I don’t know if I’d have the time or energy to do it if I wasn’t laid off,” Laubach said. “It turned out to be a benefit to me. I had the savings, and then I had unemployment, so I got the garage. Here I am, and it’s been five years since that time, and it’s steadily growing.”

Laubach offers everything from automotive repair and maintenance to state inspections and collision repair.