Most retirements are filled with relaxation, travel and sightseeing.
Mike McCoy wants to go back to work.
It was never the plan, McCoy said, but he couldn’t allow everything he had collected during his career to sit in a barn for only him to enjoy. So, he opened McCoy’s CAAT in Bellefonte, a space for people to buy or at least learn about curios, antiques, art and tapestry from around East Asia.
McCoy, the former director of the Fulbright Commission in Indonesia, collected “one of a kind pieces that have never been seen before in this country.”
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“It is more of a museum than a store,” he said. “It hosts the largest Indonesian antique performance mask collection outside of the Indonesian Embassy in Washington, D.C., petrified wood from Sumatra, teak, ebony and bronze statues, to name a few of the pieces the shop.”
McCoy was born in what is now the Willowbank building, but lived mostly overseas in countries including Egypt, Syria and Brazil. For his retirement, he decided to return to Bellefonte, where he has relatives on his mother’s side of the family.
“It’s a nice area and a good place to retire,” he said “My business is absolutely part of my retirement. My business is a collection of unique art and antiques from Indonesia and the areas I was at overseas. It’s a large collection, and it’s time to share them. They’re all for sale, and the business is also an educational experience for anyone who comes in.”
He may also do seminars.
While the director of the Fulbright Commission in Indonesia, McCoy visited “hundreds of islands and universities and procured the most unique pieces for this collection,” in and around Indonesia. Some of the items, he said, are more than 250 years old.
“Everywhere I went I had an interest in art and unique items,” McCoy said. “I had no intention of (having a business) except to enjoy what I had collected.”
With the doors now open at 130 S. Allegheny St., everyone else can take delight in curios, antiques, art and tapestry, too.
The store is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Appointments may also be made to visit the store during outside of open hours.
Snappy’s breaks ground on new location
It won’t be here with a snap of the fingers, but soon enough there will be an eleventh Snappy’s.
Ground broke on construction in early June for a Snappy’s in Milesburg. The newest location will be at 203 Mill St. and will open in the fall.
Snappy’s Director of Customer Contact Kristi Heichel said weather will impact the construction timeline.
“It’s fairly broad to say we’ll open in the fall, but haven’t had most favorable weather,” she said. “I believe in a month we’ll a better idea of when we’ll open.”
Heichel said that Snappy’s wants to fill a void in the community.
“We have not touched this area in the past and once property was up for sale we saw it as a great opportunity to serve the community,” she said.
The Snappy’s location will be about 3,200 square feet, employ 25 to 40 people and have a Snappy’s kitchen with all food cooked on a grill. The new location will also continue Snappy’s loyalty card program and have Snappy’s coffee made with the company’s roasts.
“It’s very encouraging to see positive reactions from the community,” Heichel said. “In addition, and more importantly, it shows we are doing the right thing. It has solidified our thoughts that we are moving in the right direction.”