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Bits of Business: Dentist to open new facility

A trip to the dentist’s office can’t be that bad, especially if you’re Jason Stetson.

He will open a dental practice, The Woods Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, that will share a building with Pediatric Dental Care and Happy Valley Orthodontics at 1019 Ghaner Road, in Port Matilda. Construction for the practiced is scheduled to be completed by April.

Stetson previously worked for Steven Fishbaine at Comprehensive and Aesthetic Dentistry in State College.

“Just starting the business, there was so much that went into it,” Stetson said. “I decided while I have some time, it was the best opportunity to start a practice.”

Sharing a building with Pediatric Dental Care and Happy Valley Orthodontics, he said, will enable smooth collaborative dental care across different age groups and dental care needs.

Stetson, on a limited schedule, is seeing patients in the Happy Valley Orthodontics office until construction to his practice is complete.

“It’s kind of like taking baby steps while construction is ongoing, but I can’t wait to really open it,” he said. “It seems like a culmination of so many things. I can’t adequately describe it in words.”

New business owner wants to team up

Musicians often collaborate. Why not businesses?

Ryan Callahan said he hopes that collaborating with other local businesses will give Anthym, a new business slated to open in March, a running start.

“Anthym is an apparel and shoe store geared toward a runner’s lifestyle or an active person’s lifestyle from apparel you wear in the gym, in yoga, cross training, any fitness activity, and that’s the nuts and bolts of it,” Callahan said. “The second thing, and what’s really important to me, too, is community outreach, being a physical activity advocate and partnering with local gyms and studios.”

He is making plans with several local studios, gyms and running clubs to hopefully have collaborations once a week where other businesses could go to his store or he could go to another business.

“We believe a rising tide lifts all boats, so if we can promote these fitness groups in town and on campus and they can promote us, its great for everyone.” he said.

Renovations to the 3,000 square foot retail space at 228 E. College Ave., where former clothing store Mr. Charles was located, will take about two months.

He’ll employ about 15 people when the store opens.

Nittany Mall adds sports retailer

Hibbett Sports, which sells apparel, shoes and sports equipment, will open in the spring.

The Birmingham, Ala.-based company, which has about 830 locations in 28 states, started talking with the Nittany Mall in the fall of 2013 about coming to State College. The lease agreement, five years with an option, was finalized in December.

Nittany Mall general manager Polly Welch said construction on the 4,600-square-foot space should start in the next 30 days and will last four to six weeks for an April or May opening.

The new store gives the mall another activity-related business.

Planet Fitness opened in the mall in December, and the mall also houses Champs Sports and Finish Line.

“Planet Fitness and Hibbett Sports are two of the new stores, and they’re both activity-related, but that’s a coincidence,” Welch said. “We’re just trying to reach out to all demographics and to get as many people in the mall as possible so if they visit one, they visit the other.”

Radioshack bankruptcy hits home

RadioShack recently agreed to sell between 1,500 and 2,400 of its company-owned stores to General Wireless Inc., an affiliate of Standard General L.P.

To effectuate the sale, RadioShack filed for bankruptcy.

The move means that three local RadioShacks will close. RadioShacks at North Atherton Place, Nittany Mall and Millbrook Marsh Plaza are on a list for potential closures, but two Altoona stores are not.

“I haven’t been officially notified that it is closing,” Welch said of the Nittany Mall location. “It’s an example of another national company struggling, but it doesn’t mean we are struggling. We aren’t struggling, and we have a lot of new things coming.”

RadioShack employees, who declined to be identified, said they had not been informed of closing dates.

“I think some stores will close by the end of February, because there is so little stock left,” one female employee said.