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Bits of Business: Doan’s Bones opens a meating place in State College

Doan’s Bones Barbeque and Deli is opening a location on the corner of Beaver Avenue and Atherton Street in The Graduate apartment building.
Doan’s Bones Barbeque and Deli is opening a location on the corner of Beaver Avenue and Atherton Street in The Graduate apartment building. CDT photo

If you like meat, you’ve gotta love barbecue.

Doan’s Bones, located south of Centre County in Petersburg for 11 years, will open a barbecue and deli joint in downtown State College. The take-out eatery, which will have seating for about 10 people, will be at the corner of Beaver Avenue and South Atherton Street in The Graduate. Doan’s Bones also specializes in catering.

It’s the restaurant’s second venture in State College, the first one a one-year stint that ended due to soaring rent costs.

“We’ve always wanted to be in State College,” co-owner Anita Corvin said. “It’s something we’ve always talked about. The three things they always talk about in business are location, location, location.”

The Corvins said they believe the new location, in the former space of Boots, is right this time.

They bought into the space Feb. 19, the same week they learned the space was for sale. The restaurant, which does not serve alcohol, opened State Patty’s Day weekend. Remodeling should be completed this weekend for a re-opening, which they said they hope will be Monday.

“It worked out, so somebody is watching over us right now,” Corvin said. “We found out on a Tuesday. My son wrote me email, and I saw it was for sale and was on my way the next day. I love it. We were meant to be here.”

Corvin said the restaurant will offer delivery in the future.

A great place to live, work

Brad Groznik has networked for five months, the amount of time he’s lived in State College since moving back from New York City in November.

He lived here before with his wife, Andrea Groznik, a State College native. The two couldn’t resist returning to the place they wanted to call home.

The Grozniks launched Groznik PR last month, a venture they hope is beneficial to them and the business community.

“On one side, the goal is to be self-sufficient,” Brad said. “We’re entrepreneurs ourselves, and there are so many entrepreneurs in this area, and we’re now a part of that community. The other side of it is that we love State College. We came back because we love this community, and we think there are a lot of opportunities to promote this area as a great place to live, to raise a family, to start a business and to work.”

Brad, who has about 10 years of experience in advertising and public relations for businesses, nonprofits and politicians, is the firm’s public-relations strategist. Andrea, who helped design and execute floral installations and large-scale events for clients such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Viacom, is the firm’s creative director.

“This is our attempt to help the community and businesses understand how they can grow,” Brad said. “It’s only been a month, but it’s been the most exciting career choice I’ve made.”

With the wave of a wand

Pete DeLosa has owned Wizzards Janitorial Systems for 17 years, but he decided to venture into another industry.

“We felt like we were maxing out with what we could do with Wizzards, and we wanted a new direction to go,” he said. “I think there is a lot of room for a restoration business here.”

DeLosa became a franchisee owner of Rainbow International Restoration, a company that opened last month and will work in conjunction with Wizzards.

Rainbow, which specializes in restoring buildings that have sustained water, fire, smoke and mold damage, is “totally different” from Wizzards.

He spent a month in Waco, Texas, where Rainbow is based, for training in controlled environments and spent a weekin Erie restoring buildings .

“The biggest difference is that starting out Rainbow has very specific systems in place; where with Wizzards, we developed systems and solutions one at a time on our own,” DeLosa said. “ ... You also never know what you’re getting into when you show up at a Rainbow job. Wizzards is scheduled and controlled and agreed-upon in advance; Rainbow gives us something fresh to do every day.”

In case you missed it

Jon Carlson launched Champion Sports Rehab on South Atherton Street. Drayer opened a physical therapy center in Patton Township. Baisheng Zheng bought and renamed a Chinese restaurant in State College.