Local Business

Boutique a break from ‘cookie-cutter’ retailers

All the merchandise in Fox Hollow Boutique on the 1300 block of 11th Avenue downtown could fit in one corner of the women’s fashion section of Walmart. That doesn’t trouble owner Jessica Henri, whose aim is not quantity, but a particular kind of quality. Boutiques like hers exist to ...

School spending to rise

WASHINGTON – With back-to-school shopping in full swing, the National Retail Federation is predicting a significant increase in spending compared to last year. According to the NRF’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics, total spending for school and college combined ...

Workplace

New hires and promotions -- Samantha Lynn is working as the advertising coordinator for the Pittsburgh Pirates and stage manager for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Lynn, a Hollidaysburg native and graduate of Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in sports, ...

Behind the desk

Company name: Cove Beverage Address: 8505 Woodbury Pike, Hollidaysburg Telephone number: 695-0644 Position: Owner Years with company: 11 Family: Wife, Elaine, and proud father of Chad, Abby, Travis and Jack. What products or services does your company provide? We are a retail beer ...

Closing sales starts with building trust

Making the sale, especially when your small business offers products and services to other businesses, demands more than being good at what you do. It also requires building professional relationships. To do that, you must earn your customers’ trust. There’s no scientific formula for ...

Briefcase

JOHNSTOWN Barnes Saly recognized Barnes Saly & Company PC was recently named as one of the 2017 Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms to Work for. Accounting Today has partnered with Best Companies Group to identify companies that have excelled in creating quality workplaces for ...

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APPLETON, Wis. Appvion earnings up Appvion recorded second quarter operating income of $5.1 million compared with operating income of $3.9 million for second quarter 2016. The improved earnings in second quarter 2017 were driven by volume growth for the company’s tag, label and ...

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Blair project receives support A Blair County project is among three Pennsylvania projects to receive funding from national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful and Lowe’s. Keep Blair Beautiful will receive $10,000 to create bird, bat and pollinator habitats while educating the community on ...

City Beverage expanding

City Beverage of Altoona, a third-generation family owned and run beer wholesaler, will be acquiring a portion of W and L Sales, Harrisburg, and a majority of their beer brands to distribute in Huntingdon, Clearfield and Centre counties. The transition will take place Monday and has been in ...

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Tyrone Business After Hours set The Tyrone Area Chamber of Commerce will hold Business After Hours from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 17 on the water side of DelGrosso’s Amusement Park. The cost to attend is $6. For reservations or more information, call 684-0736 or email ...

DEP to expand coal refuse area

PORTAGE — Plans to expand a coal refuse area near Shoemaker Circle were on display Tuesday in the Portage Township Municipal Building. State Department of Environmental Protection officials organized an informal conference allowing members of the public to ask questions about the proposed ...

Sheetz, GEDWorks to team up

GED Testing Service has partnered with Sheetz Inc. to launch the GEDWorks program at Sheetz corporate and 550 store locations. GEDWorks is free for Sheetz employees who want to earn their GED credential. The GEDWorks program includes everything an employee needs to prepare for and pass the ...

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DUNCANSVILLE Rutter’s donates to charity Rutter’s Farm Stores, which recently opened a location in Duncansville, donated more than $63,000 to seven local charitable organizations during its grand opening event. The following organizations received a donation: Penn-Mont Academy, ...

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Cresson Mount Aloysius recognized Mount Aloysius College has been notified that three of its academic areas are deemed exceptional by the “College of Distinction” organization. The college’s business, education and nursing majors have all been awarded the recognition for the ...

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Business group to meet The Downtown Altoona Business Community will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Brush Mountain Running and Outdoors Inc., 3509 Sixth Ave. Owner Jennifer Soisson will use her shop as a case study to demonstrate how to “Tell Your Business Story Via Merchandising ...

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Young Oakes to host Business After Hours The Blair County Chamber of Commerce will hold Business After Hours, hosted by Young Oakes Brown & Co., from 5 to 7 p.m. July 18 at Heritage Discovery Center, 1421 12th Ave. A portion of 12th Avenue will be closed for this block party event ...

Blair County Nonprofit of the Month

Name of nonprofit: Day One of Greater Altoona Years in existence: Formerly known as New Day of Altoona, we have been serving Blair County since 1989. In 2014, after a restructuring that would close New Day’s Altoona office, in an effort to keep the ministry going, we became independent and ...

Blair County Nonprofit of the Month

Name of nonprofit: Day One of Greater Altoona Years in existence: Formerly known as New Day of Altoona, we have been serving Blair County since 1989. In 2014, after a restructuring that would close New Day’s Altoona office, in an effort to keep the ministry going, we became independent and ...

Workplace

Awards and honors Todd Russell, a Hollidaysburg Area School District teacher, recently received an Educational Leader Award for his outstanding community service by the Pennsylvania State Education Association. Russell teaches chemistry and biology at Hollidaysburg Junior High School, and ...

Workplace

Awards and honors -- Todd Russell, a Hollidaysburg Area School District teacher, recently received an Educational Leader Award for his outstanding community service by the Pennsylvania State Education Association. Russell teaches chemistry and biology at Hollidaysburg Junior High School, ...