Tag: Member Spotlight Series

The Progress Fund: Financing and supporting businesses in the PA Wilds and beyond

The Progress Fund is a non-profit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that is focused on providing flexible financing to new or expanding tourism-niche businesses.

Spring Creek Picnics: Offering luxury picnics in the PA Wilds

Picture this: A perfectly curated tablescape alongside slowly flowing water, underneath the shade of a weeping willow. In the background, the sound of kids playing, ducks quacking, and even a summer concert being performed. It’s the scene that Renea Nichols creates almost weekly through her business Spring Creek Picnics, based in Bellefonte — part of the I-80 Frontier landscape of the PA Wilds.

PA Made: Bringing the outdoors in

Mickayla Poland at PA Made has a knack for bringing the outdoors inside. Her artwork is inspired by wildlife, culture and the people of Elk County. And her workspace is, too.

The Gateway Lodge: Creature comforts nestled in the PA Wilds

Nestled among the hemlock and pine next to Cook Forest State Park, near Clarion, PA, and part of the Cook Forest and The Ancients landscape of the Pennsylvania Wilds, lies The Gateway Lodge. 

Jabebo Earrings: Recycling cereal boxes into jewelry that celebrates nature

In 1994, Kevin Abbott made his first pair of earrings — a sun and moon set — for his wife, Mary. Since then, more than 300 designs have been developed by Kevin and the artisans employed at the couple’s earring company, Jabebo.

Straub Brewery: Third oldest brewery in U.S. calls the PA Wilds home

Straub Brewery traces its roots all the way back to 1872 and continues to brew from it its original St. Marys location, part of the Elk Country landscape of the Pennsylvania Wilds. 

Ellen Paquette: Uplifting and celebrating endangered species through art

Ellen Paquette, of Warren, creates her art in multiple mediums, but much of her work depicts animals, many of which are endangered.

Smith + Front reopens in Bellefonte’s historic Gamble Mill

Smith + Front, a retail store previously based in Philipsburg, recently opened in a new location in Bellefonte. Both communities are in the I-80 Frontier landscape of the Pennsylvania Wilds. 

Stephanie Distler Artisan Jewelry: Turning hammered metal into wearable art

Stephanie Distler, of Johnsonburg, started her artistic journey when she was seven years old. Her love of art grew, before settling to focus on jewelry.

Hello Social Co.: Helping Clients Reach New Audiences by Focusing on Local

Bellefonte-based social media company Hello Social Co. supports small businesses, nonprofits and communities by providing social media management, strategy and support services.