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Bits of Business: New Inglebean owners add more menu to caffeine buzz

A new Subway restaurant has opened along Water St., in Bellefonte, April 3, 2015.
A new Subway restaurant has opened along Water St., in Bellefonte, April 3, 2015. CDT photo

Changes are coming to Inglebean Coffee House in Millheim.

New co-owners Kathy Shimp and Susan Chlebowski will keep the name the same but, after purchasing the coffee shop from Martha Hoffman, they’ve shut the doors for some minor renovations and to finalize the paperwork.

“We’ll be back open sometime next week, hopefully Monday,” Shimp said. “We are waiting on a few things to get done.”

Shimp said the coffee house, which opened in 2011, will increase food production and variety.

“We had talked about it for a while and fantasized about owning a coffee shop,” Shimp said. “It started out as an idea, and we’re both really passionate about making food, and this is an outlet for that. We want to make this an eating destination.”

A moving Subway

Philipsburg-based Snappy’s launched a Subway at 216 W. High St. in Bellefonte last year, but the space was temporary, Vice President of Operations Sean Lay said.

Snappy’s, he said, planned to move the restaurant into a building on 219 S. Water St., where the company closed a gas station in November. Renovations have taken place for five months.

“It’s a big, bright, brand-new facility,” Lay said. “We’re projecting to be open by this Thursday with a soft opening now and a grand opening about a month down the road. We have not set dates for that yet.”

Lay said the move to the new facility would be good for business.

“There’s much better traffic flow and more parking there, which lends itself to a new facility,” he said.

The eatery can seat 25 people.

“We’re very excited to provide a state-of-the-art facility for the Bellefonte area,” Lay said. “It’s always been a great community to serve, and we hope to continue to do great work in serving the public there.”

Family business celebrates 30 years

Elvia Sagastume never had a doubt her family would still be running Brothers Pizza off state Route 64 in Walker Township.

It’s a business she and her husband, Miguel, took over two months after it opened in February 1985. They sold $80 worth of pizza on their first day in a small space that could seat 14 people. They’ve since moved next door, where they can seat 40 and can sell $80 worth of food in a single order.

“We love it, taking care of customers and giving them the best prices and quality we can,” Elvia said. “Our customers are like friends and family anymore, because we care so much about them. If I haven’t seen one in a while, I will see what’s going on. I love our relationships with them.”

The Sagastumes will celebrate their 30th anniversary Monday with special deals, cake, a chocolate fountain and prize drawings.

She said her customers won’t be the only family there. Her three children, who grew up working in the pizza shop, will be there, too.

“They grew up here, so they should be here, too,” she said. “We raised our family here. Our son Yancy has a pizza shop in Howard now.”

Maybe someday there will be a 30-year anniversary there, too.

Joining the team

The Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County joined Focus Central Pennsylvania, a nonprofit dedicated to attracting corporate investments to create jobs in the region, last month. Columbia, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties are part of the coalition, too.

FCP helps companies relocate or expand within the region.

The CBICC, as a partner, will get leads for companies interested in the region, marketing support, research data, online property database and regional collaboration.

“Promoting and positioning the region for job creation and growth is an important component of the chamber’s multifaceted economic development mission,” CBICC president and CEO Vern Squier said. “Our unique central location in the state positions us to engage in multiple regional efforts.”

The CBICC also collaborates with Blair and Bedford counties to promote development of the I-99 corridor.

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