Downtown Businesses Find Creative Ways to Deliver Product and Service to Customers Without Interaction Amid Fast-spreading Pandemic

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ITHACA, NY MARCH 19, 2020 — Home to over 100 locally owned, independent shops and restaurants, businesses in Downtown Ithaca have been particularly hard hit by business flatlining as people take to their homes and social distance themselves for the next couple weeks.

While state mandates and guidelines continue to trend toward as few social interactions as humanly possible, many businesses in Downtown Ithaca have taken measures to provide services and shopping opportunities for people without violating social distancing guidelines.

“While doors may be closed for normal walk-in shopping and dining, businesses downtown have found creative ways to provide their clientele opportunity to shop and receive goods without having to actually interact and place customers at greater risk for contracting Coronavirus than they currently are in their own homes,” notes Gary Ferguson, Executive Director for Downtown Ithaca Alliance.

Shops and restaurants in Downtown Ithaca are now providing services such as online shopping with shipping, doorstep delivery, and curbside pick-up options, “by appointment” shopping, take-out dining and even curbside pick-up. Businesses who are typically service-oriented are also selling gift cards for customers to make a purchase at a later date.  A practice nearly all downtown businesses now offer, and has become an invaluable financial lifeline for some of them.

The following businesses downtown still offering online, by-appointment, take-out or curbside pick-up services are:

TAKE-OUT DINING:

Alley Cat Cafe: Curbside pickup and delivery available

Asia Cuisine:  Take out only

Cafe Dewitt: Orders available through GrubHub, all fees waived. Accepting orders over the phone and also selling gift cards.

Collegetown Bagels: City Centre location open 7 am-5 pm. To Go Pickup, Curbside Pickup and Delivery are available. Call (607) 273-2848.

Coltivare: Curbside pickup. Tuesday-Sunday 4-9 pm. Please call 607-882-2333

Dominos: Take out & delivery.

Gateway Mediterranean Bistro: Take-out and delivery from 11:30 am -8:00 pm. Affordable lunch menu available all day.

Gorgers Subs: Takeout and delivery. Call ahead, 607-319-5046 or order online at www.squareup.com/store/gorgers.

Ithaca Coffee Company:  Take-out available on all menu items.

Kilpatrick’s Publick House: Take-out and curbside pick-up available. Call ahead, 607-273-2632.

Jimmy John’s: Pickup curbside and delivery from 10:45 am – 9 pm. Leave special instructions for delivery if self-quarantining

Just A Taste: Pickup at the rear entrance.

Luna Inspired Street Food: Free meals for kids. Also, selling packaged meals to reheat at home. Order before 10 pm for next day delivery. Weekly and monthly subscription available. https://luna.goprep.com/customer/menu

Mama Said Hand Pies:  Pickup. Offering online ordering frozen pies and cold soups.

Mighty Yoga: Daily Morning Meditation offering on Facebook Live – join for free and share with your friends.

Monks on the Commons: Take-out, Curbside pickup and delivery available.

Moosewood Restaurant: Offering take-out and delivery. Serving lunch Monday-Sunday 12:00-2:30 pm and dinner 5-7:30 pm. For Pick Up/Curbside orders, please call Moosewood Restaurant directly at (607) 273-9610.

New Delhi Diamonds: Take out available. Customers can call in to pick up the order. Delivery can be ordered through ithacaTogo or Grubhub.

One Ring Donut: Pickup available.  Check out its new Donut Club.

Press Cafe: Takeout only. Open 8:00 am -2:00 pm every day. If you would like to support Press Cafe without leaving home, purchase, and e-gift squareup.com/gift/6Z92B36CDG7BB/order.

Pizza Aroma: Pickup and delivery. Open Monday-Saturday, 11:00 am – 8:00 pm, and closed Sundays.

Sacred Root Kava Bar: Delivery in surrounding areas. Call (607) 229-5756 between 3 pm and 5 pm for delivery between 5 pm-7 pm. Call between 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm for delivery after 10 pm. Credit card or PayPal payments accepted. $5 delivery fee applies.

Shortstop Deli: Take-out/curbside available. Call ahead. (607) 273-1030

Sweet Melissa’s Ice Cream: The location is temporarily closed. Sweet Melissa’s will be hosting All You Can Eat Soft Serve parties this summer for people who donate to its fundraiser,  gofundme.com/f/delayed-soft-serve-opening

Simeon’s American Bistro – Take-out and curbside pick-up available.  Open 11:30 am – 8 pm. Call ahead, (607) 272-2212 or (904) 545-1303.  Gift certificates available over the phone. Closed on Mondays. Menu: www.simeonsithaca.com.

Shortstop Deli: Take out & delivery. EBT is accepted. Open 24 hours.

Social Pub & Grille: Takeout & to go offered 7 am-11 am, then 5 pm 9 pm. Call (607) 272-1000.

Starbucks: Takeout only.

Sushi Osaka: Take out or delivery. Order on Grubhub or Doordash or call (607) 379-6128.

Thai Basil: Order Delivery through Grubhub or Ithaca To Go.

Thompson and Bleecker: Pickup or 4:30-9 pm DoorDash, IthacaToGo, or call ahead. Menu:

thompsonandbleeckerpizza.com/

Waffle Frolic: Reduced Hours: closing at 2 pm M-Th.  Gift Cards for future purchases available. Curbside pick-up is available.  Call during operating hours.

SHOPS AND SERVICE PROVIDERS OPEN FOR WALK-INS, EXTRA CLEANING IN EFFECT

Alphabet Soup: Shop is open. Online shopping is also available

Bools Flower Shoppe: Open and making deliveries. Call (607) 272-8410.

Cat’s Pajamas: Open by appointment. Delivery available. Call (607) 272-8401.

Cellar d’or Wine and Cider Shoppe: Curbside pickup at the back door at 119 E. Seneca Street. Order online or call (607) 319-0500. Free local deliveries on all orders over $60. Delivery is available within Tompkins County and Southern Cayuga, as far north as Aurora.  If you are outside this area, please contact the shop to make arrangements.

Cobblers Cottage: Open. Call store for hours: (607) 273-2951.

Comics for Collectors: Open noon to 7 pm. Call ahead.

Commons Market: Open regular hours.

Contemporary Trends:  By appointment only. Call (607) 273-5142. Online shopping at www.contemporarytrends.com.

Christian Science Reading Room: Open regular hours.

15 STEPS:  Store open by appointment only. Shop online. Store pickup, shipping, and delivery available.

Greenstar Oasis: Dewitt Mall location open Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 8 PM and Saturday & Sunday 9 AM – 8 PM.

Ithaca Guitar Works: Shop is open and allows 5 or fewer people in the shop at a time. Gift certificates are available by calling the shop. A large portion of its inventory is available on Reverb.com.

John Reis Photography: Email for appointment.

Lucky Hare Brewing:  Open from 3-7 PM Thursday, Friday Sunday & Monday. Saturday hours are 12-7 PM. To Go sales only. Falcon Punch, Live Action IPA & Lager in 16oz cans available by 4 pack or the case. The case discount is 20%. Everything is Thawesome, Dry Hopped Pilsner & O’Shag Hennesy, Irish Red Ale will be available in 32oz Crowler Cans To Go. Gift certificates available online for future purchases at the downtown location in Press Bay.

Mansour Jewelers: Open 9:30 am-1:00 pm until further notice. Visits limited to those purchasing jewelry, picking up/dropping off important repairs or placing special orders. No watch battery services at this time. Call or text (607) 272-1810 to see if the shop is open before stopping in.

Mockingbird Paperie: Appointment only. Email info@mockingbirdpaperie.com or call Suzanne at (607) 319-1117.

Odyssey Wellness Acupuncture: Open. Call for an appointment, (607) 319.6758

One World Market:  Shop is opened and preparing to offer online ordering and deliveries soon.

Old Goat Gear Exchange: Open Thursday – Sunday, 12 noon – 5 pm.

Sam’s Wine and Spirits: Open 11 am-9 pm. Sunday 2-8 pm. Allowing 5 people in the store at a time.

Schooley’s: Open 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Tuesdays through Saturdays. To make an appointment email at rollexxx2@aol.com or call (607) 273-3471.

The Brain Shoppe: Shop open and online shopping available, too. Book a virtual shopping session: https://calendly.com/awp-christopher/brain-shoppe-virtual-shopping-session

Trader K’s: Shop open with limited hours.

Tompkins Financial: Drive-up only, services available by appt., digitally or by phone.

T-Shirt Express: Open regular hours, Mon-Sat 10 am -6 pm, Sunday 11 am-5 pm

Businesses closed, but offering alternative buying options:

American Crafts: Online shopping and delivery, https://myamericancrafts.com/.

Adrina Dietra: Online shopping, adrinadietra.com. Free basic domestic ground shipping with the #ShipMe code at checkout.

Benjamin Peters: Offering gift card sales by phone or email. Call (607) 351-8364  or email Shop@BenjaminPeters.com

Breathe: Online shopping and gift cards at www.breathe.fashion

Cinemapolis: Gift cards and memberships available. Theaters are closed.

F. Olivers: Online sales available, www.folivers.com.

Home Green Home: Shop online, homegreenhome.com. Shipping on all online orders will be free anywhere in the country.

Homegrown Skate Shop:  Online shopping available, www.homegrownskateshop.com/.

Ithaca Sheepskin: Online shopping, www.ithacasheepskin.com.

Indigo Rose Boutique: E-Gift Cards available online, indigoroseboutique.com.

Jillian’s Drawers: Online shopping available, jilliansdrawers.com/collections. Shipping and delivery are available. Also selling on the shop’s Instagram page.

Petrune: Virtual shopping, call (607) 277-1930. Shop feature on stores Facebook Page. Visit www.petrune.com to buy gift cards.

SewGreen: Closed except for sewing machine repair drop-off and pick-up only. Allowing only one person at a time into the store.

Sunny Days of Ithaca – Online shopping available. Local delivery available and Facetime Shopping Available.

State Theatre:  Purchase gift certificates online.

The Bloomwell – Shop online at thebloomwell.com or call the store at (607) 319-4845 for phone orders. Gift Cards are also available on the website. Shipping or local curbside by appointment available.

The Cornell Store on The Commons: Gift cards are available online and can be used online and in-store (upon re-opening) to make purchases, visit www.cornellstore.com/giftcards

The Relaxation Point: Gift certificates are still available online, www.therelaxationpoint.com.

The Vintage Industry: Posting images sale items on shop’s Instagram and on shops Esty page.

The Watershed: Selling gift cards, squareup.com/store/thewatershedithaca

Your CBD Store: Curbside pickup and free shipping. Order online https://cbdrx4u.com/find-us/new-york/ithaca

We encourage folks to call the businesses in advance as these listings are subject to change. 

Downtown Ithaca Alliance is working daily to update these listings and provide additional details on the Downtown Ithaca website, downtownithaca.com.