Downtown Ithaca To Award Seven at Annual Dinner

Award recipients this year include:
Lifetime Achievement Award:
JoAnn Cornish 
Mack Travis

 Economic Development Project of the Year:
Tompkins Trust Company

Retailer of the Year:
Sunny Days of Ithaca

Emerging Business of the Year:
The Watershed

Nonprofit Partner of the Year:
Tompkins Chamber/Visit Ithaca

Board Member of the Year:
Asha Sanaker

Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to two individuals who have significantly impacted the success of Downtown Ithaca: JoAnn Cornish and Mack Travis.



Plenty of new artwork and performances to see at Downtown Ithaca’s February Gallery Night

During this month’s Gallery Night, there are two new participating locations to highlight – City Centre and Sunny Days’ new location on the Commons. City Centre will feature artwork by Ron Parent titled From DETROIT to ITHACA – art in transition. Ron recently moved from Detroit, Michigan to Ithaca and his pastels and paintings on exhibit offer an overview of his various styles. On display at Sunny Days, Chasing The Clouds Photography by John Naegely. John is a photographer born and raised in Ithaca, NY.

Ice Fest coming to Downtown Ithaca Dec. 6-8

From December 6-8, the Commons will be packed with masterfully skilled ice carvers using chisels, chainsaws, and blowtorches to craft exquisitely detailed multi-shaped and -sized ice sculptures. Visitors will be able to watch the ice shaping competition while savoring beers, wines, or hot cocoa from a bar made completely out of solid ice. 

2018 Downtown Holiday Gift Guide

For your holiday gift shopping, Downtown Ithaca has it all!  We’ve put together this gift guide to highlight a sampling of what’s out there.

Downtown Ithaca launching holiday shopping season with three special promotions to celebrate its independently owned businesses

“When money is spent at independent locally owned businesses, the money stays here and strengthens the economic base of where we live. Plus, patrons should support these specialty businesses because they contribute to the character of our community by offering exclusive shopping and dining options,” says Gary Ferguson, executive director of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA). 

36th Annual Apple Harvest Festival

Downtown Ithaca celebrating 36th Annual Apple Harvest Festival this weekend Tons of seasonal foods, live performances, and fun for all is coming to The Commons This weekend, the tastes and aromas of Fall goodies will perfume the Commons air as Ithaca’s premiere Autumn event, Apple Harvest Festival presented by Tompkins Trust Company, makes its way to downtown Ithaca. Apple Harvest … Read More

Downtown Ithaca welcoming the Commons Kitchen

The Downtown Ithaca Alliance, City Mayor Svante Myrick, and additional public officials will welcome one of downtown’s newest restaurants, The Commons Kitchen, to the community during a ribbon cutting ceremony set for 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27.

Downtown Ithaca welcoming Alley Cat Cafe

The Downtown Ithaca Alliance, City Mayor Svante Myrick, and additional public officials will welcome one of downtown’s newest businesses, Alley Cat Cafe, during a ribbon cutting ceremony set for 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 312 E. Seneca St. in downtown Ithaca.

Downtown Ithaca welcomes City Centre Leasing Office

The Downtown Ithaca Alliance is pleased to announce that City Centre, a new multi-use complex currently under development on E. State Street featuring luxury apartments in the heart of downtown, is now accepting tenant applications.



Welcome Student Weekend set for Sept. 1 & 2

Downtown Ithaca is once again partnering with Cornell University, Ithaca College, and the Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) and, new this year, will include Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3) to the collaboration efforts to host the 3rd Annual Welcome Student Weekend.