Reasons To Stay

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WPSU is taking a look at how central Pennsylvanians decide whether to make their home here, or move on, in our multi-media series “Reasons to Stay.” 

Jason Browne at mic
Frank Christopher / WPSU

WPSU is taking a look at how central Pennsylvanians decide whether to make their home here, or move on, in our new series “Reasons to Stay.”

Every morning before he heads to his day job at Penn State, Jason Browne co-hosts a morning radio show on B94.5.

Zahi "Zee" Elhaj in Chrome, the hookah bar and lounge he owns.
Frank Christopher / WPSU

At sandwich shop ‘Are U Hungry’ in downtown State College, the restaurant’s specialty is known as “fat sandwiches.” There’s steak, cheese, a chicken finger, 2 mozzarella sticks, bacon and ranch dressing in the “Fat Lion.”

Zahi Elhaj said, “They have very unique names as well. Some of them are…probably can’t mention them on the radio. That’s what makes us a late night place, too.” He opened the restaurant in 2005.

Born in Lebanon, Elhaj first moved to the United States to attend Rider University in New Jersey. He dropped out of college as a senior to open “Are U Hungry.”

Visit the multi-media side of the Reasons to Stay project.

WPSU is taking a look at how central Pennsylvanians decide whether to make their home here or move on, in our new series “Reasons to Stay.” Big Spring Spirits is a micro-distillery and cocktail lounge in Bellefonte. Kevin Lloyd is a co-owner and operator of the business. After a career as an analytical chemist, Lloyd set out to open a small business – and he was able to do it all while calling Centre County home.

woman in room
Emily Reddy / WPSU

Visit the multi-media side of the Reasons to Stay project.

WPSU is taking a look at how central Pennsylvanians decide whether to make their home here, or move on, in our new series “Reasons to Stay.”

Whitney Polakowski never thought her one-person massage operation would grow into a thriving business with ten employees. Now she’s torn between continuing to grow what she’s built or leaving it behind to be with her long-term boyfriend. His career has outgrown State College.

Photo: WPSU

WPSU is taking a look at how central Pennsylvanians  decide whether to make their home here or move on, in our new series, "Reasons To Stay."  WPSU's Kristine Allen reports on a computer programmer who left State College with his wife to see the world, then came back.

Visit the multi-media side of the Reasons to Stay project.

Gary Long working on a guitar.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

Visit the multi-media side of the Reasons to Stay project.

WPSU is taking a look at how central Pennsylvanians decide whether to make their home here, or move on, in our new series “Reasons to Stay.”

Gary Long was born and raised in Millheim. Long says he has reasons to stay – his family all still lives nearby. But what’s harder for him to find is a way to support himself in his slowly-reviving post-industrial town.

Peg Hambrick in her living room
Emily Reddy / WPSU

Visit the multi-media side of the Reasons to Stay project.

WPSU is taking a look at how central Pennsylvanians decide whether to make their home here or move on, in our new series “Reasons to Stay.”

Peg Hambrick and her husband Don live in a lovely brick colonial on a corner lot in the Highlands neighborhood. The neighborhood borders downtown State College and just beyond that the Penn State campus.

A couple in front of a yellow house.
Melissa Hombosky

Visit the multi-media side of the Reasons to Stay project.

WPSU is taking a look at how central Pennsylvanians decide whether to make their homes here or move on, in our new series “Reasons to Stay.”

Visit the multi-media side of the Reasons to Stay project.  

WPSU is taking a look at how central Pennsylvanians decide whether to make their home here or move on, in our new series “Reasons to Stay.” This is a topic that hits close to home. I’ve seen a lot of friends come and go in my seven years in State College.

When I meet new people, I've started to ask a few questions that help me figure out how long they're going to be around before I make friends with them.