LOCK HAVEN - Where has the bus stop gone?
It has moved off Main Street, right along with the Western Union service and the UPS and FedEx shipping centers. It's still downtown, but now it's in a brand-new building.
Mark Helbley, owner of That's the Scoop, has moved these and other services to his new metal structure on the corner of Corning and West Bald Eagle streets.
Owner Mark Helbley stands at the door of his new
A wide awning showing the name "Corning Station" welcomes shoppers who want to buy lottery tickets - or bus tickets, available for both the Fullington and Susquehanna Trailways bus services.
Large windows face the parking lot where buses pull in. The building's bright interior, decorated with handsome lighting fixtures and flooring, serves as the bus station, complete with a waiting area. It also offers the chance to stock up on chips, candy, soda, juices and other snacks.
At the former Main Street location, the business name That's the Scoop advertised quality hand-dipped ice cream, Helbley said. The new location does not offer that same service, but a freezer case there is stocked with popsicles and similar novelties.
The business doesn't sell music CDs or rent DVDs anymore either, he said.
It is concentrating instead on the services that bring in the bulk of the business, he said. These include Western Union, FedEx, UPS, and check-free pay service for such things as utility bills and credit cards.
"This is a service-oriented business," Helbley said. "That's what we do. We've tried to revamp, to upgrade."
Customers also stop at Corning Station now for convenience-store items, picking up lottery tickets, snacks and cigarettes. And, they can buy previously-viewed DVDs at a nice price right now, while the business sells off its former rental stock.
Additionally, the building holds the dispatch center for Lock Haven Taxi, another business owned and operated by Helbley.
"We started in 1986 on Bellefonte Avenue," Helbley said, "then moved to where Pugsly's Pets is now. Fifteen years ago, we relocated to 14 E. Main St., and now we are here."
Corning Station is not far from the former That's the Scoop storefront. It stands beside the railroad tracks, about a block from the Civil War monument intersection. It is directly behind Sweeney's Floral Shop and Greenhouse, owned and operated by Mark's wife, Debra Sweeney Helbley, and just across Corning Street from Helbley's taxi garage building (the former Candor Petroleum).
Cater-corner from it is the historic train station on West Bald Eagle Street. The unique structure has been remodeled and serves as the new home of the Clinton County Arts Council's art gallery.