Downtown Ithaca launches customer appreciation program to help stimulate online shopping at local stores during COVID pandemic

$5 downtown gift card will be given to those who shop now at select stores ITHACA NY APRIL 09, 2020 — The Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA) is looking to stimulate the downtown Ithaca economy and recognize those who are supporting the local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. To achieve these goals, the DIA is partnering with local businesses to provide a … Read More

Virtual Classes

Opportunities to Learn & Engage Online During COVID-19 While we’re all cooped up in our homes, here are some downtown businesses and organizations providing special activities, services, and classes.  The Community School of Music and Arts  Now offering virtual private instruction with many of its talented musician educators during this time of physical distancing. If you are already a student … Read More

COVID-19 UPDATE: TCAT reducing bus service effective March 30

MARCH 27, 2020 — Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT),  Tompkins County’s transit service and a primary transportation provider for the Downtown Ithaca community, will be reducing service for the second time this month starting Monday, March 30, while still maintaining as many travel options as possible for those who need to go out for essentials. Ridership is about 10 percent … Read More

Downtown Ithaca food and beverage businesses continue to develop special services during COVID-19 pandemic

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ITHACA NY MARCH 21, 2020 — As New York State’s government continues to roll out new mandates for businesses in response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, many Downtown Ithaca businesses are responding by temporarily morphing their business models to include new food & beverage offerings and services to ensure the community receives essential items during this challenging time. Below are some of the latest offerings: … Read More

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 … Read More

Downtown Ithaca’s Annual Dinner & Awards Set for March 12

Celebration features special speakers, awards ceremony, and buffet dinner ITHACA, FEBRUARY 28, 2020 —  Downtown Ithaca is gearing up for its biggest night of the year — it’s Annual Awards Dinner. The Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA) will host its annual affair on Thursday, March 12 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Coltivare, 235 S. Cayuga St., Ithaca. Doors will open at … Read More

Downtown Ithaca Celebrating 22nd Year of Hosting the Region’s Biggest Chili Cook-Off

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Chili, Beer, Wine, & Cider Tastings, Mustache & Beard Competition and more coming Saturday, February 8 to the Commons ITHACA, NY JANUARY 30, 2020 — Get your palates ready for Downtown Ithaca’s 22nd Annual Chili Cook-Off presented by Maguire Hyundai Subaru Genesis coming to the area on Saturday, Feb. 8. This highly anticipated community tradition is being held from 11:30 … Read More

Downtown Ithaca Concerned About Future of Community Post Office

Nonprofit reacts to post office signing short term lease by developing a committee that will advocate for keeping the post office in the downtown community  ITHACA NY JANUARY 22, 2020 —The Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA) is concerned that the U.S Postal Service is going to move its downtown location elsewhere. The organization recently learned that the Postal Service has signed a short-term … Read More

Downtown Ithaca Conference Center Project Wins $5 million from New York State

Project will fulfill longtime community need for meeting space ITHACA, NY DECEMBER 20, 2019 — Downtown Ithaca is steps closer to gaining a conference center in the heart of its community. Earlier this week, the State’s Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) awarded the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce Foundation $5 million to apply towards the construction of a 49,000 square foot … Read More

Winter Light Festival closing ceremonies include two community centric celebrations  

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Lightsaber tournament and glow party happening this weekend DECEMBER 10, 2019 ITHACA NY — To help close out its Winter Light Festival, Downtown Ithaca is hosting two family-friendly activities this weekend aimed at celebrating Ithaca’s unique offerings. This Friday, Dec. 13,  you’ll be able to act out your Star Wars fantasies at a Lightsaber Invitational starting at 5 p.m. on the Ithaca … Read More