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Bits of Business | New shop offers women’s fashions

On Thursday, Cato, a fashion retailer, will open at Benner Pike Shops near Wal-Mart.

Cato supplies women’s fashion apparel, jewelry, shoes and accessories, and clothes in sizes six to 26.

“With exclusive styles, on-trend fashions and low prices every day, our customers can always find their statement of style while enjoying their shopping experience at Cato,” said chairman, President and CEO John Cato in a statement. “We are excited about the opening of our new store in State College.”

Cato has more than 1,300 stores in 32 states, including five in Pennsylvania.

For more information, visit www.catofashions .com.

McDonald’s to reopen

After having been demolished and reconstructed this year, McDonald’s, 2167 S. Atherton St., will hold its grand opening at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Construction began in January and took about three months to complete. It includes a larger and more updated kitchen and dining area and new drive-thru area.

The former McDonald’s at the same location was almost 40 years old.

Gluten-free bakery open

A gluten-free bakery is the newest of its kind in State College.

Good Seed Baking Co., 129 S. Fraser St., held a soft opening May 28, but will have a grand opening Friday, with giveaways to customers.

Co-owner Louisa Smith has teamed up with Bob Ricketts, owner of Fasta Pasta, who will also make gluten-free pastas. The other co-owner is Laura Young.

Smith said the bakery, which has a small seating area, sells cookies, cupcakes, brownies, breads, coffee, tea and more.

“Business has been good,” Smith said.

“I think people are excited to have a gluten-free option.”

Smith said the idea to open came a couple of years ago when she was looking to get into a bigger space than just selling at local farmers markets.

By October, after sitting down with her business partners at a farmers market, she had decided to go through with the plan.

The bakery is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, but will expand hours after the grand opening.

Bank holds grand opening

S&T Bank celebrated its grand opening June 18 at its new downtown State College location.

It’s in a 3,900-square-foot space at 141 W. Beaver Ave.

The bank will offer retail banking and mortgage services, wealth management, commercial lending, treasury management and S&T Evergreen Insurance.

President and CEO Todd Brice said the bank hired Dave Richards as executive vice president and Steve Grim as senior vice president of the State College branch.

Jessica Chobody is the vice president/private banker and Jennifer Cadman is a private banker.

“We’re excited to officially open S&T Bank in the State College community,” Richards said in a news release. “This grand opening celebration is the realization of many months of planning and preparation, and we’re eager for the community to come in and experience everything S&T Bank has to offer.”

PTBA to meet

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

Karen Michael and Mike Haynes, with the state Department of Transportation, will discuss the North Atherton Street drainage project, which will consist of inlet and drainage replacement, paving and accessible ramp upgrades at intersections from Colonnade Way to Aaron Drive.

They will also discuss traffic control during the project. A majority of the work will be done next spring and summer, according to the PTBA.

The meeting will be catered by Otto’s for $6 a person.

To RSVP, contact David Panko at 237-2822 or