Practice: From work to home, these Happy Valley businesses make each space your own



Whether you’re an entrepreneur dreaming up your ideal office set-up, or a homeowner newly moved to Happy Valley to pursue the region’s many business opportunities, the area’s local design experts have you covered.

 For Bridget McGuire, owner and designer at Interiors by J&O Studio, which specializes in window fashion, working with a local design team just makes good business sense, both for the customer and for the area as a whole.

She told us, “More family…businesses should be successful here in Happy Valley. Why support out-of-town [businesses]? Or large companies, because they put small family businesses out of business? [And], if you order [something] online, it might be the wrong size and [then] you can’t get your money back.”

McGuire’s family started Interiors by J&O Studio in 1970 and she’s kept the tradition of stellar customer service going, offering free, in-home consultations that make all the difference.

“Colors look different inside your home,” she said. “So…the business comes to you. You never have to leave your home to get excellent customer service from my family to your family.”

JRT Painting & Remodeling has a similar family focus. Launched in 2015, the Bellefonte business is led by husband-and-wife team, Dawnyelle and Tim Holsinger.

“It's a passion for us. We love seeing the changes and improvements in each project that we do,” they told us via survey. “We have a great crew and each person has their own special qualities. This allows us to create amazing bathrooms, kitchens and more.”


JRT Painting & Remodeling can assist with kitchens, bathrooms, additions and prepping homes for sale, with its team of three remodelers and three painters — though the Holsingers noted that they’re looking to grow their team, as they also increase their business through social media marketing.

However, as alluded, many homeowners in Happy Valley aren’t just concerned with making their homes the best they can be — there’s also a large need for commercial interior design as well, which is where Altoona-based T2B Commercial Interiors comes in.  “We create exceptional workspaces by using interior design, flooring, furniture and window treatments."

We help companies attract and retain talent by providing workplaces people want to work in

Our founder branched off from one of our competitors to launch a window covering company with his son. He brought a friend that specialized in flooring into the company and, as they say, the rest is history. After our founder passed last year, the other two founding members — the son and friend — are continuing to run the company and keep T2B as the premier workspace dealer in central Pennsylvania.”


According to O’Connell, more top 50 employers in Centre, Bedford and Blair Counties work with T2B Commercial Interiors than any other company, with clients in a range of industries, including healthcare, education, senior living and others.

The three above Happy Valley businesses aren’t the only ones we’ve featured recently that exist to help you thrive in both your personal and professional lives. For professionals with younger children, Nittany Nannies Co. is a new service that helps address a much-felt childcare void in the county; meanwhile, two organizations focusing on business exit and sell strategies are here to help you take the next step in your entrepreneurial career. 


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