Meet Cindy Brashear at Cobblers Cottage

Meet Cindy Brashear at Cobblers Cottage Locating a store where you can find comfortable yet stylish footwear for daily use or special events and receive stellar customer service to help you accomplish this task can be a challenge. But, it doesn’t have to be. Cue in Cobblers Cottage, where you’ll find a variety of the latest brand name, quality made … Read More

Meet Robbie Dein, owner of American Crafts by Robbie Dein

Anyone familiar with the Ithaca area knows it’s filled with many talented artisans who double as business folks.  Among them is Robbie Dein, founder and owner of American Crafts by Robbie Dein, who grew as an artist and entrepreneur while living in this artsy community.  Robbie, a southern Florida native, is an extremely talented potter who first came to Ithaca … Read More

Meet Adrina Graham at Adrina Dietra

Ever since Adrina Graham was a child she had an inkling that she was destined to be a fashion creator. As a little girl, she custom styled her dolls’ outfits, and, as she matured, she was often sketching clothing designs. And, she simply dreamed of creating and selling her sketched creations when she became an adult. To further nurture her … Read More

Meet Sharon Costianes at Flight Performing Arts

Sharon at Flight Performing Arts

To become a noticeable singer in the Finger Lakes’ heavily saturated performance arts scene, one needs to spend a lot of time honing high-quality vocal skills.   Fortunately for local performance artists, one of the best vocal coaches in the region, Sharon Costianes, teaches closeby. Costianes, an Ithaca College alum, has nearly 20 years of vocal teaching experience. She uses her … Read More

Meet Marc Luchs at Odyssey Wellness

Meet Marc Luchs at Odyssey Wellness If you’re living with pain and/or struggling with the symptoms of a medical condition, or simply looking for a way to help you relax, you’re likely a perfect candidate for acupuncture, a traditional Chinese medical technique in which practitioners stimulate specific points on the body—most often by inserting thin needles through the skin. Cornell … Read More

Meet Scott Dolphin and Stephanie Hayes at Breathe

At Breathe, Scott Dolphin, owner, and the shop’s Store Manager Stephanie Hayes go above and beyond to ensure the customers have an enjoyable and hassle-free shopping experience. The pair offer exceptional customer service and they keep the shop extremely well organized and fully stocked with the most stylish and comfortable women’s apparel and accessories that money can buy including designs from Lucky Brand, NYDJ, Kut Jeans, CP Shades, Flax and Neon Buddha. 

Meet Polly Wood at Toko Imports

Armed with her education, stellar drumming skills, and extensive knowledge of percussion instruments, especially African drums, Polly Wood unknowingly became the prime candidate to succeed Toko Imports longtime owner Tom Kozlowski.

Meet Mary Beth Larsen at Handwork

Meet Mary Beth Larsen at Handwork It’s no secret, or, at least it shouldn’t be, Ithaca is home to many highly talented artisans. In fact, you can find dozens of these extremely skilled craftspeople at Handwork, Ithaca’s Artisan Cooperative. This cooperative, owned and operated by its members, started in 1976 by 12 local artisans. It has since grown to 45 … Read More

Meet Shawn Erwin at Pasta Vitto

When you’re starving after a day-long trip around Ithaca, a hearty portion of comfort food such as a plate full of pasta covered in thick homemade sauce sounds pretty good, right? “It’s certainly one of my favorite foods to eat,” says Shawn Edwin, general manager at Pasta Vitto, a new Italian restaurant that opened in October 2018 on the Commons. … Read More