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Bits of Business | CVS may take over Spirit Halloween space

A CVS will reportedly occupy 1101 N. Atherton St., forcing Spirit Halloween to look for a new location next year.

Spirit Halloween, 1101 N. Atherton St., closed last weekend.

The seasonal Halloween shop annually opens in the Centre Region around Labor Day and closes the weekend after Halloween.

Store manager Joe Gersch said store management is looking at space in the Nittany Mall and at South Hills Plaza.

Walter Peters, district sales manager, said the store celebrated its 30th year in business this year and eighth year in State College. He added that the past three years, the store has been located on the corner of North Atherton Street and West Cherry Lane.

Jabebo Studio has new store

On Oct. 26, Jabebo Studio held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new facility at 224 W. High St., Bellefonte.

The homemade jewelry and home décor retailer started 14 years ago by Kevin Abbott and focuses on nature. The idea to open up shop was inspired by his work teaching in Kenya with the Peace Corps where he witnessed sidewalk vendors reuse trash in their designs.

Last year, Abbott sold about 15,000 earnings at nature centers and museums around the country, according to an emailed statement from Abbott.

Abbott, 48, of State College, recycles cereal box cardboard to create a menagerie of nature-themed earrings and more, and produced more than 200 designs.

For more information, visit

Mount Nittany grows in Burnham

Mount Nittany Physician Group announced that it would expand its general surgery services at its Mifflin County branch.

The office, 301 S. Logan St., Burnham, will provide general surgery services on the first and third Mondays of the month from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The facility already provides cardiology and urology services.

For more information, contact 717-242-0899.

Senior care seminars

Always Best Care Senior Services is offering complimentary instructional seminars to employers through its Patient Education division.

The sessions will offer tips and resources for people who are trying to balance working and caring for families, and aging seniors.

Employers can contact Always Best Care Senior Services to schedule an “employee in-service” that will “prove to be a direct and positive way to reinforce their staff that they are valuable and indispensable member of an organization that cares about its employees both while at work and in their time off,” Charles Reeves, at Always Best Care, said in a statement.

The classes will give employees a better understanding of the obligations of senior care and options available to them. Visit for more information.