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Centre County offers plenty of unique gifts

by and on December 13, 2012 6:50 PM

It's the most wonderful time of the year.

Whether you're giving a gift to someone in Happy Valley or across the country, there are plenty of gifts that are unique to Centre County. The Centre County Gazette looked far and wide to find the best gifts that Centre County has to offer. Here, in no particular order, are 10 gifts that you can only find in Centre County.

  • Grilled stickies — While these are often duplicated — not only in State College but in other restaurants throughout the Commonwealth, the original grilled sticky comes from The Diner, 126 W. College Ave. in State College. The stickies are sold in a box and can be easily grilled at home by following these simple directions: Spread about a half a teaspoon of butter on each “cut” side of the sticky. Place in a preheated skillet over medium heat (275 degrees) and cook about two to three minutes on a side or until golden brown. Do not put "sticky" side down as it will burn the sugar.

For more information about stickies, call The Diner at (814) 238-5590.

  • Village Eatinghouse salad dressings — The Village Eatinghouse in Pleasant Gap features its own line of homemade salad dressings. There is Sweet and Sour Italian, Marvelous Poppy Seed and Tart Cherry Poppy Seed. All of the dressings can also double as a marinade.

There's also a Sweet and Sour Italian barbecue sauce as well as a Sweet and Sour Italian mustard.

Clay and Melanie Phillips own The Village Eatinghouse, 105 S. Main St. in Pleasant Gap. For more information about their salad dressings, barbecue sauce, mustard and other products, call (814) 548-7380 or email [email protected]

  • Penn State Creamery Ice Cream — Although you'll find tubs of Penn State Creamery Ice Cream at different locations throughout Centre County, only the Creamery will ship the ice cream across the country.

At www.estore.psu.edu, one will find half gallons of ice cream as well as a three-gallon tub of the heavenly frozen confection.

The Creamery also offers a cheese gift box, coffee gift box and Creamery apparel.

The final day to place an order for Christmas delivery is Dec. 18. For more information or to place an order, call the Creamery at (814) 865-7535.

  • Otto's Beer — There are plenty of microbreweries in Pennsylvania, but Otto's Pub and Brewery offers some of the finest suds in the Commonwealth. For several years, those beers have been packaged to go.

Beer is available to go in four-packs and six-packs. There are a plethora of varieties, too many to list here.

If someone on your list is a fan of Otto's, you may want to consider some unique beer mugs or bottle openers to accompany your gift.

For more information, stop by Otto's at 2225 N. Atherton St. in State College, call (814) 867-6886 or visit www.ottospubandbrewery.com.

  • Bryce Jordan Center Club Seats — If you have a sports fan or music enthusiast on your Christmas list, you might want to stop by the Bryce Jordan Center before Christmas Eve.

The club seats are special cushioned seats with cupholders that are sold as a package. When one purchases a club seat, they can be used for every event at the BJC, including men's and women's basketball games and concerts. The club seats include VIP parking, in-seat concession service and access to pre-event, post-event and a halftime VIP room with complimentary snacks and drinks.

A total of 48 seats were installed over the summer. There are still 10 available.

For more information about the BJC's Club Seats, visit www.bjc.psu.edu or call (814) 863-5500.

  • Mount Nittany Vineyard and Winery — Great Lakes Wine Competition winners Tailgate Red and Nittany Mountain White are just two local favorites offered at Mount Nittany Vineyard and Winery. Located at 300 Houser Road in Centre Hall, the winery opened for business in July 1990. Some of the many wine choices include Autumn Nectar, Blueberry, Lion Country Blush, Merlot, Mountain Sunset, Pinot Grigio, Spiced Apple and Traminette. Custom labels are available. Tasting room hours are from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information call (814) 466-6373.
  • Waffle Shop coffee — With three locations in State College, The Waffle Shop is known for its wide variety of waffles and pancakes, such as Georgia Pecan and Banana Nut. Although restaurant-made waffles don’t travel easily, Waffle Shop coffee is available for purchase at some of these locations, including the West College Avenue restaurant at the corner of Blue Course Drive. For more information call (814) 235-1816.
  • Locally made honey, maple syrup or apple butter — Visit Way Fruit Farm, Harner Farm, Tait Farm, or any other area farm for locally-made products. Some stores also carry some of these items, such as Meyer Dairy and The Granary. Lost Hollow Honey and Macneal’s Maple Syrup can be purchased at Fasta & Ravioli Co. on 129 S. Fraser St. in State College.
  • Goot Essa cheese — Goot Essa, which means “good food” in the Amish dialect, is a group of Plain Pennsylvania dairy farmers that formed in 2001. A wide variety of gift baskets are available. Some cheeses include Der Alpen Kase, Mountain Valley Sharp Cheddar, Savory Oregano Cheddar, Mountain Home Woodsmoked Cheddar, Mountain Meadow Mild Cheddar, Garden Pepper Jack and Der Vauden Swiss. To place an order call (800) 490-4387. Fasta & Ravioli Co., located on South Fraser Street, carries Goot Tessa products.
  • Café Lemont ceramic mug — Located in the quiet village of Lemont, Café Lemont “aims to be an eclectic, community oriented, socially and environmentally conscious coffee house with a large tea selection, serving out-of-the-ordinary … soups, sandwiches, light fare lunch and breakfast items,” according to its website. Available for purchase are Charles Hughes ceramic mugs, which come in a wide variety of sizes and colors. Café Lemont is located on Pike Street. For more information, call (814) 321-4337.


Chris Morelli is the managing editor of The Centre County Gazette.


Staff Writer at The Centre County Gazette
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