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Business

Customers dig for deals at Billtown Binz

Bringing a new type of discount store into the area is Billtown Binz, at 433 Hepburn St., where customers dig for their deals. “The idea originated in the Midwest,” said Bob Wise, owner. “I thought, ‘there’s nothing like this around here.’ So we brought the idea back.” On ...

States set goals to jump-start transition to electric trucks

A coalition of states is following California’s lead in setting goals to jump-start a transition to electric-powered trucks, vans and buses in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality for communities choked by diesel fumes. The 15 states, plus Washington, D.C., ...

Souzi’s Salon owner: ‘I feel like my dream came true’

Despite a pandemic hanging in the air, it’s still possible to reach through to manifest ambition — provided the aid of a caring community and the grit to persevere, as evinced by a newly-opened downtown hair salon. Souzi’s Salon, 412 William St., was open for less than two months before ...

Harris Family Brewery fights to become state’s first Black-owned brewery

HARRISBURG (AP) — Some hard-core craft beer lovers just didn’t see the point. Why was this trio of beer-brewing partners from Harrisburg so insistent on opening what they believe will be Pennsylvania’s first Black-owned microbrewery? Shockingly, their dreams were dismissed with a shrug ...

Target joins list of major retailers mandating masks

(AP) — Target has joined a list of the nation's largest retailers that will require customers to wear masks as cases of COVID-19 spike. The policy will go into effect Aug. 1. More than 80% of Target's 1,800 stores already require customers to wear masks due to local and state regulations. ...

Radiant Steel uses PPP to keep employees paid

Kathy Fenstamaker has spent many a sleepless nights trying to figure out how to make her and her husband Rick’s company run during the COVID-19 pandemic. She never could have imagined a situation like the one Radiant Steel is facing since it returned to production after a two-month ...

National ‘Strike for Black Lives’ to highlight racism in U.S

A national coalition of labor unions, along with racial and social justice organizations, will stage a mass walkout from work this month, as part of an ongoing reckoning on systemic racism and police brutality in the U.S. Dubbed the “Strike for Black Lives,” tens of thousands of fast ...

Larson Design Group appoints new COO

In continuing to implement its two-year strategic evolution of growth and development, Larson Design Group (LDG) is moving forward with additional exciting changes in leadership. Following the recent transition of David Martin to chief executive officer, the company is pleased to announce ...

Model train store works to restore sanity

Looking for diversions, many people have looked to hobby stores to fill their times during the pandemic, said a local business owner — sometimes to keep themselves sane in a world where everything seems to be going very wrong. In times like these, Lee English, of English Model Railroad ...

Grand jury finds regulatory failures in natural gas drilling

A grand jury investigation into Pennsylvania’s large natural gas drilling industry released Thursday by state Attorney General Josh Shapiro found systematic failures in state departments regulating that industry. The report, which came after nearly two years of investigation into the ...

Wolf Run Veterinary Clinic still offering curbside service in green phase

MUNCY — As owners of an essential business, Josh and Dr. Amy Phillips, of Wolf Run Veterinary Clinic and Animal Hospital, were able to be open during the shutdown, doing a curbside service for pet owners. “We had to go out, obtain the pet, bring the pet in, examine the pet and then go ...

Chamber offers financial relief to local businesses

The Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce announced the first set of grants and loans awarded to small businesses in Lycoming County through the Lycoming County Small Business Relief Fund Grant & Loan program. The pool of $200,000 in funds was funded in part by the Covid-19 United ...

Area businesses navigate a wedding season impacted by COVID19

vents canceled or postponed, flowers being destroyed because there’s no way to get them shipped, these are just some of the realities of running a business related to the wedding industry in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to The Knot, a popular wedding website, weddings cost ...

Venues adapting to canceled, rescheduled weddings

For brides-to-be in the time of COVID-19, the pandemic has been less about social distancing and hand sanitizing, and more about putting your dreams on hold and postponing that special day. According to Becky Yeagle, general manager at Herman & Luther’s, Montoursville, a wedding venue ...

Tioga County looks to reap economic benefits of natural gas deal

The purchase of Royal Dutch Shell LLC by National Fuel Gas Co. could mean a real boost for the Tioga County economy. “The company coming here is looking to develop the fields,” Tioga County Commissioner Erick Coolidge said. “My understanding is there will be a couple of (drilling) rigs ...

Lycoming Mall Victoria’s Secrets to close

Victoria’s Secret boutiques have closed in the Lycoming Mall and Susquehanna Valley Mall, the Daily Item, a newspaper in Sunbury, reported on Thursday. Susquehanna Valley Mall general manager Margie Deppen confirmed a Facebook notice announcing the lingerie company has closed the store. ...

Sunset Ice Cream Parlor adapting to new normal

Jessica McDermott stopped working a week before Gov. Tom Wolf shut down non-life-sustaining business amid the COVID-19 pandemic. A survivor of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, McDermott is susceptible to lung illnesses, and what she was hearing about the novel coronavirus forced her to stop going to work ...

Black businesses hit hard by COVID-19 fight to stay afloat

Stephanie Byrd agonized over temporarily laying off nearly the entire staff at her family’s trio of Detroit businesses when the coronavirus pandemic hit. But she’s not just concerned about the impact on their bottom line. She’s worried other black-owned businesses will struggle to ...

Greenhouse and workshop reopens under new ownership

The Potting Bench greenhouse and workshop in South Williamsport is open and adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic under the new ownership of Lori Soloman and her family. The greenhouse, located at 324 Matthews Blvd., offers flowers vegetable plants, hanging baskets, custom baskets, succulent ...

Dollar General brings jobs to Oval

OVAL — Hutchinson Companies LLC announced they have completed construction on a Dollar General at 149 Mountain View Lane, Oval. The store’s grand opening was Wednesday. “We are proud to have built this Dollar General so the retailer could create new jobs, which are so needed right ...