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Bits of Business: Night and Day Salon and Spa in Philipsburg open for business

The new Night and Day Salon and Spa on North Front Street in Philipsburg.
The new Night and Day Salon and Spa on North Front Street in Philipsburg. CDT photo

Felicity Cowfer knew what she wanted.

It was just a matter of patience.

Cowfer opened Night and Day Salon and Spa in Philipsburg Tuesday. It was a soft opening, and she plans to have a grand opening in mid-June.

She had the 2,600-square-foot building at 517 N. Front St. built to her specifications, a decision made when she couldn’t find the right space in town. She also opened with four employees who will perform everything from hairstyling and nails to waxing and body treatments.

“I wanted to create my own version of the perfect salon and spa,” she said. “I’ve been to a lot of different salons and spas and took little things from each one I’ve been to, to have a good workplace and for clients to have a nice experience every time they come here.”

Cowfer also chose to hone her craft for four years at other salons and spas.

She began to learn cosmetology in high school and then went to school for massage therapy.

“I’ve wanted to do this for a long time,” she said. “It’s been my dream, but I wanted to learn and get experience first.”

In the future, she may open another location, but that’s far down her to-do list.

“When I was younger, I thought about owning more than one salon and spa, but this is where I’m focused,” she said. “This is where I’m starting and where I want to stay. I’m from Philipsburg, and I want my business to be here for a long time. It’s nice and rural and hopefully it attracts people from all over.”

Happy Retirement

The Centre Area Transportation Authority recently celebrated the retirement of one its long-tenured members.

Known for its presence, wheels and environmentally friendly nature, the last of CATA’s original Clean Natural Gas Program buses hit the brakes for good last week.

In 1993, the authority began to convert its entire diesel-fueled fleet into one operating on clean compressed natural gas. CATA ordered 16 40-foot CNG-powered buses from Bus Industries of America in Oriskany, N.Y. Several more purchases of CNG-powered buses enabled CATA to retire the last of its diesel-powered buses in 2010.

“The authority’s move from diesel to natural gas arose from the acknowledgment of the fact that natural gas is produced locally and nationally,” CATA public relations manager Jacqueline Sheader said in a statement. “There was a cost savings to be had in times of increased petroleum prices, and that being as environmentally aware and friendly was simply the right thing to do.”

The clean initiative made CATA the first transit system on the East Coast to convert its fleet to alternative fuel, according to the authority.

A half century in the making

The Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program at Penn State recently celebrated 50 years in service.

Legislators, PennTAP clients and staff gathered June 2 in Harrisburg to commemorate the occasion.

“PennTAP’s sweet spot is teaching clients to fish instead of just giving them the fish (and) showing the client the end game and a plan to get there,” PennTAP Action Council member and past director Wayne Figurelle said in a statement.

PennTAP, a federal-state-university partnership, has provided no-cost technical assistance and energy-saving programs to businesses in Pennsylvania since 1965. The partnership was developed to support small businesses lacking internal resources and expanded its services about 15 years ago to include IT support in anticipation of Y2K and again to include an entire IT team dedicated to e-commerce.

AccuWeather, China partner up

AccuWeather and Huafeng Media Group, the commercial weather media company owned by the China Meteorological Administration, recently formed a partnership to distribute weather information in China.

The new company will advance, enhance, share and distribute weather forecasts for China. As part of the joint venture, AccuWeather will expand its forecasting locations in the country and form distribution partnerships with Chinese companies.

Huafeng-AccuWeather will also provide people in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau with longer-range and hourly forecasts and the AccuWeather MinuteCast on mobile devices.

“AccuWeather’s technical and meteorological innovations, including our unique forecasting products and longer-range forecasts, will provide new value to the people of China,” AccuWeather CEO Barry Lee Myers said in a statement.

Summer’s dog days

The Nittany Lion Inn wants to drum up business this summer, particularly after long work weeks.

All it could take is grilled tapas and craft beers.

Starting 5:30 p.m. June 12 and each Friday this summer, the inn will host PA on the Patio, which will have a full tapas menu and Pennsylvania microbrews.

Weather permitting, PA on the Patio will feature different local foods and producers.

No reservations are necessary.