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Bits of business | Mountains on Main brings new taste to Boalsburg

The Seven Mountains Wine Cellars Wine Bar called Mountains on Main will be holding a grand opening this weekend.
The Seven Mountains Wine Cellars Wine Bar called Mountains on Main will be holding a grand opening this weekend. CDT photo

The drive for Seven Mountains wine just got a little easier for people in the Centre Region.

Scott Bubb, who opened Seven Mountains Wine Cellars in Potter Township seven years ago, is holding a grand opening for a wine bar in Boalsburg this weekend.

Mountains on Main, at 101B N. Main St., is the fourth venture Bubb has opened. The others are in Reedsville and Carlisle.

“If you told me this is how far we’d go in a few years, I’d have said you’re crazy,” Bubb said. “We try to listen to our customers, and one thing we heard a lot is not everyone likes coming over the mountain.”

Bubb said he built the winery to give people an experience, but “we also understand some people don’t want to drive all the way out here, so we’re making it more convenient for them.”

He also recently bought an automated bottling line that can process about 2,300 bottles an hour, because it was becoming difficult to bottle by hand due to high demand.

“With that we’ll gradually switch some wine to screw caps,” Bubb said. “Some people have the mindset that screw caps are for cheap wine, and it’s not true at all. It’s actually the very best closure for protecting the wine from oxygen and making it last longer.”

Bubb said he’ll screw-cap just a few varieties at first to gauge customers’ acceptance.

“It’s the right thing to do for our customers, and we have to educate them about why that is,” he said.

Combining forces

The University Orthopedics Center and Blair Orthopedic Associates recently announced a merger that will consolidate UOC’s operations as soon as Oct. 1 and no later than Jan. 1.

UOC is not affiliated with Penn State.

The goal of the merger, according to a UOC news release, is to combine the resources of BOA and UOC “to create the premier orthopedic care delivery system in central Pennsylvania.”

“The merger will facilitate the continued development of a comprehensive network of service locations, expansion of meaningful ancillary services, the ability to build stronger alliances with our medical partners, as well as create an advantage in attracting the finest physicians and staff,” the statement said.

UOC and BOA will work with medical partners, patients and staff in the next several months to integrate patient care and business services.

BOA, based in Altoona, employs about 75 people. State College-based UOC employs about 200 people.

Allstate targets growth

Allstate Insurance Co. announced the launch of a recruiting campaign Tuesday to expand services in Pennsylvania.

The company plans to appoint about 260 new insurance agents and personal financial representatives in the Keystone State over the next year. About 60 jobs, 15 for agency owners and 45 licensed sales staffers, are targeted for central Pennsylvania.

“Pennsylvania’s strong economy is fueling this expansion plan,” Allstate Northeast region strategic deployment leader Ed Norcia said. “We target cities and areas that are growing and have an increased need to protect what matters most to the people in those communities as a part of Allstate’s broader strategy to expand in Pennsylvania.”

The company wants agency owners who are mid-career, mid-level managers who want to own and operate their own business. Each agency typically opens with two employees, according to the press release.

Candidates interested in becoming an Allstate agency owner need a minimum of $50,000 of liquid capital to invest in their agency.

Moe’s announces grand opening bash

Moe’s Southwest Grill is bringing the party to the State College area.

The newest eatery in town will host its customary free VIP College Party and Fan Day, a pre-opening event, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday. The grand opening of the restaurant, at 211 Patriot Lane in Patton Township, is Friday.

“Moe’s is a very community-centered brand, and we do a lot of activities like this and things like fundraisers for the local schools,” Moe’s spokesman Stephen Donnelly said. “With openings, we always open our doors and give back to the community first before we go into business.”

The pre-opening tradition is typically for college students, but Moe’s will break protocol. The entire community is invited to the event, in which there will be free lunches and T-shirts. The first 75 people through the door will also get free Moe’s for a year.

“We’re changing our philosophy a little bit,” Donnelly said. “We realize just how much Penn State means to the entire community, and we want to make sure this is opened up to everyone to make it a big community event and day for them.”

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