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Bits of Business | New State College bagel place serves fresh goods

It’s only been about two weeks since Al Rusinque opened Bagel Crust, but so far, business has been “great,” he said.

Bagel Crust, 332 E. Calder Way, officially opened its doors May 28 as a fresh, handmade bagel joint. Rusinque, general manager, also makes homemade cream cheeses.

When his son started school at Penn State last year, Rusinque said, he decided to open his own business in town.

Rusinque has been in the bagel business for 22 years, first opening small bakeries in northern New Jersey and Delaware.

This is his first in Pennsylvania and the only Bagel Crust open anywhere in the country, Rusinque said.

His shop employs five part-time workers and it took about five months to open, Rusinque said.

“We had to do a lot of work to make this into a restaurant business,” Rusinque said.

He renovated the empty space to have a bakery, seating area and restrooms.

Bagel Crust is open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays during the summer. When Penn State students go back to school for the fall semester, hours will change to 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day, Rusinque said.

For more information, call 308-9756.

Rug company changes name, keeps service

Doug’s Rug Spa changed its name to Doug’s Rug Care. But it still has the same services.

The change was made about two months ago after an issue with another company in Washington state that already trademarked “Rug Spa.”

The business at 105 N. Main St., Pleasant Gap, specializes in cleaning and repairing Oriental and area rugs.

Other services include buying, selling, repairing and washing rugs, said owner Doug Moerschbacher.

The store is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Saturday or by appointment.

For more information, contact 808-5071.

HealthSouth receives recertification

HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital earned the Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification for four of its rehabilitation programs.

Those certified programs are stroke rehabilitation, Parkinson’s disease, heart failure and brain injury rehabilitation.

The recertification award recognized HealthSouth’s “commitment to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards,” a report from HealthSouth said.

The Pleasant Gap rehab hospital also earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation and certification.

The certification honors facilities that demonstrate compliance with national standards for advanced rehabilitation services, health care quality and patient safety.

“With Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in the quality of care we provide on a day-to-day basis. Joint Commission accreditation helps create a culture of excellence,” said HealthSouth Nittany Valley CEO Susan Hartman. “Achieving recertification from The Joint Commission is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”