My name is Marie and I'm from a couple of miles away in Boalsburg. I'm a rising senior at Gettysburg College, studying Organization and Management and was fortunate enough to spend the bulk of my summer interning with Loaded Creative and Bellefonte.com.
Having only ventured to Bellefonte for the occasional dinner at Jim’s, annual cruise, or a mass at St. John’s, I have truly enjoyed the time I’ve spent immersed in this unique and close-knit community. I quickly learned my way around town and started to feel comfortable in this semi-familiar, yet new, place.
The 3-day a week commute always gave me a nice scenic drive which ended with a stretch along Spring Creek, turning onto the budding West High street and then to my destination; the non-meter spots on Spring street! Coming from the State College area, we don’t have the grand architecture of the buildings and mansions or the walkable waterfront park that are literally right outside the windows of Loaded Creative’s office.
One of my favorite parts of Bellefonte is the lack of chain stores and the abundance of locally-owned shops that make up the majority of the town. The push for shopping local is well appreciated and utilized around Bellefonte and it’s easy to see the people here, even the businesses, encourage and support one another. The uniqueness and sense of community that is created by this is enviable.
Throughout the summer I was able to research and get to know a lot of these businesses and I can truly say that Bellefonte has A LOT to offer. It may take some digging and looking around, but it’s there. Bellefonte deserves to be enjoyed and appreciated by visitors and locals alike. There’s no other town like it.
The history, hospitality, beauty, and community can only flourish as Bellefonte continues to grow and prosper. I’m thankful for the summer that Bellefonte offered me and am looking forward to visiting as much as possible in the future.
A show representing people living in North America and emphasizing the vibrancy and diversity of Americans.
Bonfatto's is celebrating 100 years of business in Bellefonte with lots of food and drink specials as well as plenty of great giveaways.
We get one more chance to sit out in Talleyrand Park in a warm twilight and listen to some local folks play music for us. No charge. Free. Again.
What future do you envision for your community, for this town, for Bellefonte, Pennsylvania?
The Bellefonte Woman's Club GFWC's totally FREE Saturday Night Movies in Talleyrand Park brings The Wizard of Oz to town!
Nestled on Spring Creek beside Tussey Moutain Outfitters, you'll find one of Bellefonte's best kept secrets.
Join the Centurion Party this Thursday, August 15th, from 7am-7pm. See the specials and giveaways!
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