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Bellefonte business gets its own home

Tim Rupert, left, and Brad Weaver are the owners of Tim and Brad’s Uniques in Bellefonte October 8, 2015.
Tim Rupert, left, and Brad Weaver are the owners of Tim and Brad’s Uniques in Bellefonte October 8, 2015. CDT photo

Sometimes when business booms, you gotta move.

Tim Rupert and Brad Weaver had to make that call recently.

Their store, Tim & Brad Uniques, was in the Plaza Centre Antique Gallery in Bellefonte for about a year before the two decided to move out on their own. The duo’s new shop opened Thursday at 115 N. Allegheny St.

“We’re a merchant,” Rupert said. “You know, used furniture, collectables, odds and ends, DVDs, CDs, sports stuff, all kinds of stuff.”

The two got a booth last year at antique mall, and money began to flow in.

“Business got better and better every month,” Rupert said. “We went from one booth to eight booths in a year, so it got a lot bigger than we expected. Our $40 booth the first month brought in $400, so we got another and just kept expanding until we got to eight booths, but it wasn’t fair to everyone else.”

The business partners also began to collect more inventory than they could sell in the space they had.

“My home looked like a storage unit,” Rupert said. “We’re moving from about 800 square feet of space that we used to 2,061 square feet. We’re hoping to fly well on our own.”

The store will be open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day.

Exclusive pet food line available

Giant and Martin food stores recently launched an exclusive Companion Wholesome Formula line of pet food.

The brand is made with all-natural real meat with no byproducts, soy, wheat, corn, artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.

“With our new Companion Wholesome Formula, customers can keep their budgets in check without having to compromise on the nutritious, high quality products they want for their dog or cat,” Erik Keptner, Giant/Martin’s senior vice president of sales, merchandising and marketing, said in a release. “Customers can also save time by shopping for their pets during grocery trips.”

The food line includes about 25 varieties of dog treats; dry and wet food for dogs and cats are now available at all Giant and Martin’s locations.

Customers can also can earn money for local schools through the grocers’ A+ School Rewards program by signing up and designating two schools in their local community that they would like to support.

About $22 million has been donated to schools in the program’s 10 years. Donations are accrued with each purchase made using a company Bonus Card. Registered schools began earning points Oct. 9 and will continue through March 17.

Meet me at the altar

Getting hitched?

There’s a one-day, one-stop shop for two hours on everything to do with weddings.

Nittany Weddings will present the Nittany Weddings Showcase 1-3 p.m. Oct. 11 at Toftrees.

The showcase will feature local wedding professionals, a fashion show, snack bar and lounge, an annual cake dive and a showcase grand prize. It’s the third consecutive year the showcase will be at Toftrees.

Admission is free for brides or grooms plus one guest, and additional guests are $5 each. A cash bar will also be on tap.

There will also be a special early-bird admittance at noon for brides getting married before May 15.

Attendees can pre-register online at and qualify for a prize of a 10-piece Rachel Ray Cookware set valued at $115.

Tomosynthesis added at Mount Nittany

Mount Nittany Health recently added tomosynthesis, also known 3-D mammography, at the Mount Nittany Health Breast Care Center.

The technology generates a three-dimensional view of the breast. Similar to how a CT scan rotates around the body, digital tomosynthesis uses an X-ray tube to arc around a patient’s breast, taking multiple images from many different angles.

It then creates a layer-by-layer look of breast tissue, so that breast cancer that may be hiding amid non-fatty tissue can be more easily detected. Studies, according to Mount Nittany, have shown that tomosynthesis also results in fewer patients being called back to the office for additional testing, meaning fewer procedures and fewer false positives.

To learn more about tomosynthesis or other imaging capabilities at Mount Nittany Health, visit

Mount Nittany Health also announced that Mount Nittany Physician Group Cardiology earned a three-year term of accreditation in echocardiography from the Intersocietal American Commission.

McQuaide Blasko honored

The Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession recently announced that McQuaide Blasko was one of two law firms in Pennsylvania to earn the 2015 Honor Roll of Legal Organizations Welcoming Women Professionals Award.

The firm has offices in State College, Hershey and Hollidaysburg.

The award, according to the PBAC, is given to firms “... providing excellent opportunities for women in the areas of mentoring, support for women attorneys and programming.”

The Commission commended the firm for its “excellent example and for its efforts on behalf of women in the legal profession.” More than 40 percent of the firm’s attorneys are women, according to McQuaide Blasko, and women attorneys comprise more than 40 percent of the firm’s shareholders.