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Fasta and Ravioli Co. set to reopen State College store

After a summer break, Fasta and Ravioli Co., a purveyor of artisan pastas and sauces, is set to reopen its State College location on Aug. 23.

The store, located at 129 S. Fraser St., has been closed for renovations since May 13. Jay Meashey, the director of marketing, said production space has been eliminated and moved to Fasta’s Pleasant Gap location. Meanwhile, display and marketing materials have been shifted to the downtown State College site.

The renovations represent a renewed focus on retail offerings downtown.

“The Pleasant Gap facility is big enough and situated for all of our production needs,” Meashey said. “We wanted to make our downtown shop sort of a destination for local goods.”

The State College location, the company’s first, opened in 2009. After a fire at the Pleasant Gap store in December, production shifted to State College in January. The Pleasant Gap store reopened in May.

Meashey said there will be more variety of products at the renovated, 600-square-foot State College store. Additional sauces and locally grown produce, he said, are possibilities.

But customers will still be able to buy their raviolis, lasagna and ingredients at each of the company’s three locations. Besides State College and Pleasant Gap, Fasta has a site in Harrisburg at Broad Street Market.

“It’s an additional retail outlet,” Meashey said. “It’s not a replacement.”

Fasta’s products are served in several restaurants in Centre County. The company also sells at farmers markets and retailers across five locations in Pennsylvania.

“With football season and students moving in,” Meashey said, “we’re all systems go.”

Roger Van Scyoc: 814-231-4698, @rogervanscy