SOMERSET – A hotel, a shared office space and a Dunkin’ Donuts location were among the businesses to open in Somerset in 2018.
A new 80-room hotel, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, opened close to the Pennsylvania Turnpike on May 2.
In a press release, hotel officials called it “a truly stunning example of the brand’s contemporary look and feel” and touted its “convenient access” to Flight 93 National Memorial, Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Mountain Playhouse and Idlewild Park.
When marketing pro Emily Korns and her family moved back home to Somerset in 2010, she began working remotely for companies based in big cities many miles away.
The hotel, located at 117 Tollgate Road, is owned and managed by KN Hospitality, of Pittsburgh.
Uptown Works, a co-working space located in a historic brick building at 109 E. Main St., opened over the summer.
Founder Emily Korns was named the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year a few months later.
In announcing the award, chamber officials said that Korns “breathed new life into Somerset’s historic uptown district with the opening of Uptown Works.”
“Not only has her forward-thinking vision transformed and repurposed a vacant space in the heart of her community,” the award announcement read, “Korns’ efforts and leadership have opened the door for economic growth in Somerset County while already having a positive economic impact on uptown businesses.”
Somerset’s new Dunkin’ Donuts, located at 915 N. Center Ave., held a grand opening on Sept. 22. The Somerset County Chamber of Commerce participated in a ribbon-cutting.
Less than a week later, the company announced that it was dropping the “Donuts” from its name and is now known only as Dunkin’.
Other Somerset businesses listed on the Chamber of Commerce’s website as opening in 2018 include:
• Mauler Construction Group;
• Bad Boyz Burgers, located at 363 W. Main St.;
• Supply Team LLC, listed as a home improvement and construction business;
• Deb’s Sew Biz, a sewing business;
• Merchant Village, located at 1534 N. Center Ave., a 20,000-square-foot market featuring a variety of local vendors.