Located in Centre County, Pennsylvania, State College is a college town heavily influenced by the campus life of Penn State University and have gained the nickname “Happy Valley” for its resilience during the Great Depression. Downtown State College provide the public with essential resource, accommodation, and entertainment that stretch along College Ave and Beaver Ave. In 2010, CQ Press ranked State College as the third-safest metropolitan area in the country. They say there’s something magical about the Nittany Valley, where time just seems to stand still. Updates on the downtown area’s current affairs and additions can be located on this topic page.
Downtown News and Blogs
Penn State tragically lost one of its own last night. Shannon Mathers, a Biobehavioral Health student, was pronounced dead yesterday evening after grabbing a high-voltage wire and falling from a third-story roof on South Barnard Street.
Police are looking for a thief who somehow managed to take an unattended delivery box truck from the front of Sheetz on 121 South Pugh Street.
Penn State alumna Jordan Haines is bringing her art to life at Ikonic Inc. through a two year tattoo apprenticeship.
The market will open for the season today at 11:30 a.m. on Locust Lane. Customers can choose from a variety of fresh products, all from local vendors.
The State College Borough Council met Monday night and agreed to postpone decisions about amendments to marijuana possession penalties and the Property Maintenance Code to give students a chance to voice their opinions this fall.
Zeno’s has historically always been quirky, but the writings on the bathroom walls are the icing on the cake.
After leaving Café 210 and getting in an argument with his girlfriend, Gavin Crutchfield accidentally set off the loaded gun he was carrying when he jumped a fence onto campus.
It’s alright if you’ve made a few mistakes here and there. As long as you have pure intentions and a story to tell, you’re welcome at Bill Pickle’s Tap Room — exactly as its namesake would’ve wanted.
Located in the heart of downtown State College, Rapid Transit Sports has been a fixture in the local community for more than three decades captained by its beloved owner Terry Losch,
Penn State students films will be showcased and compete for recognition in the Blue and White Film Festival at 7 p.m. on April 24 at the State Theater.
Even though academic life is important, we wondered what would it be like if tours included the most realistic places where students spend most of their time at Penn State.
A student was arraigned Friday for allegedly raping a woman in an off-campus apartment and filming it.
When you go out to the bars, you want to spend your time IN the bar, not waiting in line outside. Frustrated by the lack of a service that told bar-goers how long the lines were outside bars, two students launched a website that allows users to update this information and see how popular a bar is at any point in time.
The Bernie Sanders campaign has officially opened an office downtown on South Allen Street.
State College Police are investigating a crash that occurred last night where a 22-year old female student was driving downtown when she collided with two pedestrians, both of whom are also Penn State students, sending them to the hospital.
Get to know one of the most iconic buildings in State College: Grace Lutheran Church, aka the Dorito Church.
Former Secretary of State and democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton will set up an office in downtown State College on Monday.
The adorable Colombian café on Calder Way offers delicacies like empanadas, fresh fruit juices, and classic Colombian coffee.
State College’s two Jersey Mike’s locations — one on 128 S. Allen St. and the other at 2009 N. Atherton St. — will donate 100% of their sales today (not just profits) to Four Diamonds as part of the national Jersey Mike’s Month of Giving.
The sixth annual “Happy Valley’s Got Talent” competition will hit the stage at the State Theatre on April 2. All proceeds from the show benefit grieving children, teens, and families.
Everyone loves food. We love eating it, we love making it, we love having it delivered to us, and most of all, we like it when we’re drunk. Much like State College has a host of different types of food during the day, the town is filled with different option to satisfy your late night cravings. From classics like pizza or wings, to less common choices like cheesesteaks and eggrolls, there’s plenty to choose from. So which is best? We let our staff battle it out to decide.
State College ranked 15th out of 170 college towns in the nation based on factors like walkability and unemployment rate.
Party like it’s your birthday on April 21 when Curtis Jackson comes to Indigo.
The fundraiser will be held on April 12, from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. at Insomnia Cookies. This year, the money raised through the event will be given to the Centre Country PAWS, a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting animal welfare and safety.
Penn State Centre Stage’s production of ‘HAIR’ is coming soon to the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center. We talked with the cast and took a look into what the iconic rock musical will bring to its audience come April 1.