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Bits of Business | Salon owner celebrates 40th year in business

It’s hard to get things by Joe Selego, but his salon staff, friends, family and clients worked together to give him surprise bash for his 40th anniversary of being in business in State College.

“I’m usually pretty nosy about these things, and I can usually tell when something isn’t quite right,” Selego said. “As soon as I got in front of the salon, I knew it was a ruse. My daughter was supposed to be taking my wife and I to dinner at the Tavern. There everyone was in front of the building.”

Selego co-owns Looks Hair Design on East Calder Way and J. Stephens Salon and Spa on Waddle Road.

“I’ve always thought he was amazing to work with,” said Stacy Fix, his business partner. “I loved the culture he created here when I started working for him.”

His clients showed their support, too, by making up the majority of more than 100 people that attended his surprise party.

“It’s exciting every day to go into work,” Selego said. “With very, very few exceptions most of the time, there’s no place I’d rather be.”

Museum interns get high tech

Four Penn State interns turned their opportunities at the Boal Mansion Museum into new features on the museum’s website,

Charles Chang and Thomas Pazamickas put together an interactive online map to allow visitors to Boalsburg to discover historic buildings. Chang said most of the information for the map was already compiled in books, but that they had to update it, take pictures of different locations and compile it on the museum’s website.

“The map has all of Boalsburg and marks all of the historic houses there,” Chang, a senior IT student, said. “If you click on the markers, they link you to that site’s specific page for its picture and information about it.”

Chang said it took a month and a half to collect raw data, GPS coordinates and photos before putting it online.

“I’ve never done anything like this before, and it was exciting with something new like Java script,” Chang said. “I think we learned a lot.”

Lisa Khuu also interned at the museum and created a 360-degree virtual tour of three rooms — the library, ballroom and Columbus Chapel. Visitors can click on objects in each room for information. Finally, intern Filmon Beraki upgraded the Boal family genealogy on the website.

Each intern is a Penn State student in the College of Information Sciences and Technology.

Sam’s Club reopens before home opener

The Sam’s Club on Benner Pike held a grand re-opening 25 hours before Penn State played their home opener against Akron.

Officials from the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County, the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau, and state Rep. Scott Conklin spoke at the reopening Friday morning.

The club never actually closed during the six-month remodel, but store manager Rich Fickes said the store got a complete facelift.

“It’s almost like an entire new building,” Fickes said. “We added a pharmacy with a hearing aid center, a rotisserie department; expanded our fresh meat, deli and frozen food sections; tore down and built a bigger cafe. Our front-end registers have self-checkout options.”

Fickes said the community has reacted well to the changes.

“There’s been a tremendous, positive response from the community,” Fickes said.

“It’s all laid out much better and makes for a much better overall experience just in time for the kids that came back and the football team’s home opener.”