If you cook it, they will come.
If it tastes good, they will come back.
A concession stand is set to open in Potter Township, and it will serve homegrown burgers, hot dogs, french fries and baked goods. Muddy Creek Farms was a concept created by Michael Marquardt, the owner of the eatery and a farmer in Spring Mills.
The stand opened Saturday at 2658 Earlystown Road, where there is a pavilion to eat meals.
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“We raised the beef down here on one of our farms,” Marquardt said. “We’ll only be seasonal, from Memorial Day weekend to maybe November, depending on the weather.”
Marquardt said it’ll be a good fit in the area.
“We’ve seen the comments on our Facebook page,” he said. “Some people are tired of all the pizza shops and want a good place to get a good burger.”
The family’s biggest selling farm product, according to Marquardt, is its beef.
“We wanted to take it a step further with non-GMO,” he said. “It seems like people really want a good product with no antibiotics or hormones, just good quality beef. I’m focused on serving a good product and keeping prices reasonable. I want people to try these burgers and know where it was raised, because it’s so different than buying it in the store. I hope it works well. We’ll do our best.”
The stand will be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and Marquardt might add up to two more days depending on demand.
He has also heard that some want ice cream.
“We have a simple menu to see what people really want and may add another burger next year,” he said. “A lot of people are requesting ice cream, which we haven’t done yet.”
New business opens in downtown Bellefonte
Vana Dainty has worked in Bellefonte for 19 years, most recently promoting everything the town has to offer as the Keystone Community Development Association coordinator.
But her dream has always been to own a business.
“I’ve never had a business, but this is something I’ve always loved and I’ve always wanted this type of store,” Dainty said. “It was a good time and a good opportunity.”
Iron Star Trading Company opened last week at 118 N. Allegheny St. and is an antique, collectible and art store. The borough is home to a few antique stores, and Dainty said that’s part of the idea.
“There are already some antique stores in Bellefonte, and we want to work together to be an antique destination,” Dainty said.
In other words, if you want to shop for antiques, she said the borough is the place to be.
Dainty opened the antique shop with her partner, Kevin Clark.
“This weekend we had a lot of people in and interested in what we’re doing, and we hope they’ll be back,” Dainty said. “I’m just happy that the more people that come in the word will get out there.”
The store is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Philipsburg tech company moves to new location
In case you missed it in the CDT this week, Philipsburg’s TMMData recently moved its headquarters to the Moshannon Valley Enterprise Center at 200 Shady Lane, suite 100. The company, according to its blog, has joined 10 other companies at the center.
“First and foremost, central Pennsylvania is home to me and to the majority of the developers who have helped build this company — so Philipsburg is home for TMMData,” CEO and founder Bob Selfridge said. “Our human resources are our greatest asset as a company, and we’ve found that the best and the brightest are right here in our backyard.”