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Bits of business | Tame Your Mane salon opens in borough

Tame Your Mane has opened on West Beaver Avenue in State College.
Tame Your Mane has opened on West Beaver Avenue in State College. CDT photo

There’s a new salon in town next to Gift Adventures.

Owner Julie Potter opened Tame Your Mane, which had a soft opening in May and is getting ready for what is expected to be their busiest week yet — Arts Fest week.

Potter’s spokeswoman Jill Brubaker said Potter opened in the summer to ease employees into the downtown business.

“She wanted to get her stuff acclimated to State College and hire new staff, because it will be a little different from her main location in Blair County,” Brubaker said. “She is coming up on her 20-year anniversary in July out there.”

Potter employs 29 women in her Blair County salon, also called Tame Your Mane.

Brubaker said the new salon on West Beaver Avenue will have services and products that cater to the student and alumni and residents population.

“She also will do a lot of work with cancer in regard to hair restorations and wigs,” Brubaker said.

Potter will plan a grand opening closer to Penn State’s fall semester.

Expansion complete

A four-story, 68,000 square-foot expansion at Mount Nittany Medical Center is complete.

Alexander Building Construction Co., based in State College, recently put the final touches on the project.

“We are constantly looking at ways to better provide healthcare services to our patients,” MNMC vice president of facilities and plant operations Harold Brungard said in a statement. “The perioperative services expansion helped us in that goal, and Alexander’s project team echoed that sentiment through the high quality of work they put into the project.”

Major components of the project include five operating rooms, a 19-bed post-anesthesia care unit, a 6,000 square-foot pharmacy and clean room and nine prep and recovery bays.

Construction on the project started in summer 2012 and took place adjacent to the existing hospital.

“Our team did an impeccable job of working with Mount Nittany so that their doctors, nurses, employees and patients faced limited disruptions throughout the duration of the project,” ABC State College general manager Chris Magent said in a statement.

The project included 10,000 square feet of renovations to the hospital’s sterile processing department.

ABC is also working on a separate project in the nearby MNMC’s Centre Medical Sciences Building to renovate the allergy clinic and radiology suite and lab and to build a new family medicine residency center. Construction is scheduled to be complete in October.

Expanding services at Geisinger

Geisinger-Gray’s Woods has a new toy.

The Otolaryngology Department now offers videostroboscopy services, a technology for diagnosis and treament of voice disorders.

The technique provides a magnified, slow motion view of vocal cords during speaking and singing to detect abnormal patterns of vibrations to identify the cause of hoarseness or voice dysfunction caused by swelling. It can also spot vocal cord lesions or abnormalities like scar tissue, inflammation, muscle tension disorders or cancer. The testing is also used to assess function of the voice box and vocal cords and to evaluate swallowing problems.

“This new technology fulfills several important requirements of a complete office voice examination,” Geisinger speech pathologist Mark Harlor said. “It provides useful, real-time information concerning the nature of vibration, an image to detect vocal pathology and a permanent, digitally-stored record of the exam.”

Geisinger Health System also recently received the Platinum Award from the National Business Group on Health for its commitment to promoting healthy work environments and encouraging workers to live healthier lifestyles.

Upon customer review

Callao Cafe and Market must have a skip in their step.

And it’s not from an extra dash of sugar.

The coffee shop, located at 434 W. Aaron Drive in Ferguson Township, recently received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award for getting high reviews on the website.

“I really appreciate that people took time the time to say such nice things about us on TripAdvisor,” Callao owner David Price said. “I think this award reflects the pride and energy that the cast and crew of the Callao Cafe and Market take in working with our customers. There is no greater accolade than being recognized in a positive way by our customers.”