Spend This Friday Evening Out On The Town!

– by Ellie Aungst

On Friday, September 30th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Downtown Bellefonte will be celebrating the second to last Friday in the 'Fonte of the year. Bring your lawn chair and blankets and stop by the Centre County Courthouse to listen to live music by Granma Ben and check out many local vendors.

Granma Ben is an acoustic Americana trio that plays their originals, as well as some hand-picked, free-range, grass-fed covers. The band features Doug Irwin on vocals and guitar, Bryan Homan on bass, mandolin and vocals, and Brian Cleary on guitar and vocals.

With the weather finally cooling down, it's the best time to explore the unique shops and restaurants downtown. Vendors will be spread throughout the main street at Belle Mercantile, By A Thread, Magpie's Nest, Art a La Carte, the Bellefonte Art Museum, Thread Baby, Smith + Front, SpringBoard, and the Centre County Courthouse. Check out the vendor lineup and business specials/events below!

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Magpie's Nest
Just Keep Clicking
PricklyCactusRanch Candles Co.
Juice Plus and Tower Garden Wellness Company
Sisel Chemical Free Products

Belle Mercantile
Alloy Kitchen/Mad McIntosh
Fez Records
Good Will Goddess Books
Ten Thousand Villages

By A Thread
Bees Knees Coffee
Sisters’ Sunflowers

Thread Baby
Linked Permanent Jewelry
Rock painting

Bellefonte Art Museum
Bloom Wild Flower Farm
Hannah Simon Art
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Mya’s Wraps an’ Crafts

Smith and Front

Clay by Cait
CH Customs
Pop America
Wild Wood Threads
Luna Fae Designs
Spirited Treasures

Centre County Courthouse
Bellefonte Fire Department
Big Spring Spirits
Centre County Foster Parent Program
Centre Safe
Downtown Bellefonte Inc.
Federalist Studios
Felicity’s Pet Supplies
Fire Sphere Dezigns
Homestead Cultures
Local Historia
Rebel Made Goods
Rivera Artistry
Ryen Realty
Sammy’s Secret Garden
Sandies Designs
SunnyDazee and Uncle Als
Sunset Slush Happy Valley
Teaberry Design Co.
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Business Events And Specials

Art a la Carte, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. + special event hours from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
107 S Allegheny St
Art a la Carte will have a selection of artists who will be demonstrating. Come by to see their work, learn about their techniques, and have the opportunity to chat and get to know them!

They will also have fresh homemade cookies and brownies!

Bellefonte Art Museum, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. + special event hours from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
133 N Allegheny St
Elody Gyekis will be sketching quick portraits for visitors and music will be provided by local singer/songwriter, Jim Colbert. Also visit pop-up vendors, Hannah Simon Art and Bloom Wild Flower Farm.

Belle Mercantile, 10 a.m to 7 p.m. + special event hours from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
135 S Spring St
Start your fall shopping off right by shopping local vendors at Belle Mercantile. You won’t want to miss pop-ups with Fez Records, Good Will Goddess Books, Ten Thousand Villages, Alloy Kitchen and Mad McIntosh Cidery.

By a Thread, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. + special event hours from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
135 W High St
Stop by for a Sip & Shop at By A Thread. Also, check out Bees Knees Coffee and Sisters’ Sunflowers pop-ups outside the boutique.

Fez Records, Grand Opening on October 1 (store hours to be announced)
2042 Axemann Rd Suite 210
Find Fez Records at Belle Mercantile this Friday in the ‘Fonte. Browse their array of vinyl while listening to DJ Fez play some tunes on the turntable. They will be celebrating their store opening on October 1st.

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The Governors’ Pub, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. / The Talleyrand Tavern, 5 p.m. to Midnight + special event hours starting at 8 p.m.
211 W High St
It's Ladies Night Out! Join them for some witching good fun! Hocus Pocus 2 will be streaming at the Talleyrand Tavern at 8 p.m. Delicious cocktails and potions will be brewed! No children because the sisters can't be trusted, but men are welcome (at your own risk, of course). Feel free to dress for the occasion because "It's all just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus"!

The Magpie’s Nest, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. + special event hours from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
102 E Bishop St
Magpie’s Nest will be buzzing with activity this Friday in the ‘Fonte. Find pop-up vendors Juice Plus and Tower Garden Wellness Company, Sisel Chemical Free Products, Just Keep Clicking, and PricklyCactusRanch Candles Co.

Plumb’s Card and Gift Shop, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
105 N Allegheny St
Receive 25% off your Gift Shop purchase during Friday in the ‘Fonte. Come see what's new for fall and visit the Old Fashion Soda Fountain.

The Queen, A Victorian Bed & Breakfast, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
176 E Linn St
Free tours will be available from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m for Friday in the ‘Fonte. Call to schedule a tour. Friday in the ‘Fonte participants may book a stay or buy a gift card for 10% off!

Smith + Front, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. + special event hours from 4 p.m to 7 p.m.
160 Dunlop St
Every month for Friday in the ‘Fonte, Smith + Front will have local vendors joining them and providing handmade and local items for you to browse and shop! The first 10 customers (with purchase) at Smith + Front during the Friday in the 'Fonte pop-up will receive a free 9oz sweater weather candle in an amber glass jar.

State Burger Co., 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
101 S Allegheny St
Friday, September 30 is the final day for SHAKETEMBER. This will be the last specialty milkshake of the month and the last chance to enter to win the home milkshake package featuring a ninja creami. Be sure to follow on social media to learn the shake of the day.

New Downtown Bellefonte T-shirts And Merch At Friday In The 'Fonte!

Downtown Bellefonte Discovery Passport

Make your holiday shopping fun this year with the Downtown Bellefonte Discovery Passport! Earn a stamp at participating locations for a chance to win prizes such as a #LoveBFT gift card! A grand prize drawing will be held at the end of the year for those who complete the entire passport. Two grand prize winners will receive each a custom, locally made T-shirt and a $250 #LoveBFT gift card. Use the card yourself at various shops and restaurants downtown or give it away as a gift! Passports are available at Belle Mercantile and the DBI booth during Friday in the 'Fonte.

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Downtown Bellefonte Inc. is an organization that cares about improving the quality of life in Bellefonte. We care about our local community and work to promote the importance of investment on the local level to grow our economy and make Bellefonte be a place that people want to come to do businesses, patronize, and live. Your support makes that all possible. Consider becoming a business member of DBI and let's work together to make Bellefonte great.

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The Happy Valley Adventure Bureau publishes up-to-date event information at HappyValley.com/events