TCPL Offering “Book a Librarian” virtual meeting opportunities

The Tompkins County Public Library will offer patrons 30-minute one-on-one meetings via Zoom to discuss and help with a range of topics. Before COVID, a favorite task of Adult Services librarians was working with patrons and teaching new skills, ranging from computer help to makerspace skills, genealogy, book recommendations, and more. While all meetings will remain virtual for the time … Read More

Green Street Pharmacy in Downtown Ithaca is closing soon

ITHACA NY DECEMBER 22, 2020 — The Green Street Pharmacy, a downtown staple for more than a decade for its multiple services, including prescription drug fulfillment, general store, and its ice cream, soda, and coffee cafe, will be closing soon. The pharmacy, 131 E. Green St., is no longer filling prescriptions, but the retail portion of the store will continue … Read More

Pop-up program brings multiple businesses to community

Center Cafe by Lou, FLX Bakes, The Bloomwell Modern Giftshop Popup, and Sunshine’s Creative Designs open for the holidays ITHACA NY DECEMBER 11, 2020 — Some new eateries and specialty shops are temporarily joining the downtown community for the winter thanks to a new program created by the Downtown Ithaca Alliance. Center Cafe by Lou and Finger Lakes Bakes is opened … Read More

Shops open Late(r) for the holidays

There are many shopping spots open around downtown Late(r) this Holiday Season! Check out our list for Thursday’s Late(r) hours and make a plan to visit during these quieter and convenient evening times! Last updated December 11, 2020 Thursday Open ‘till 6pm Alphabet Soup Angry Mom Autumn Leaves Benjamin Peters (open even later by appointment) Cat’s Pajamas Comics For Collectors … Read More

Winter Lights Presented by Tompkins Trust Company

About the Light Installations LIGHT PROJECTIONS Interactive Light Projection onto Trolley Circle The interactive illumination onto Trolley Circle was created by Doug Shire and Laurence Clarkberg.  The projected illumination will span the space of the metal inlay sculpture of trolley tracks at Trolley Circle.  The illumination is interactive and the colorful projected images will change and react as people pass … Read More

Businesses support veterans

Community participating in Green Light A Vet on November 10-12 NOVEMBER 10, 2020 ITHACA NY — To celebrate Veterans Day and honor military veterans and their families, downtown Ithaca businesses are participating in the national Greenlight a Vet campaign from November 10th through 12th. Greenlight a Vet calls for Americans to display green lights on their homes, businesses, and offices to show … Read More

Gallery Night (virtually and in-person) is happening tomorrow

Experimental exhibits, entertaining demonstrations, educational talks all part of the virtual and in-person art show NOVEMBER 5, 2020 ITHACA NY — Gallery Night, downtown Ithaca’s monthly art show presented by Tompkins Trust Company, is tomorrow, Nov. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. at galleries and businesses on and around the Commons and virtually on the Downtown Ithaca website. Come enjoy … Read More

Downtown welcomes La Bodega and Sparks and Embers

ITHACA NY OCTOBER 27, 2020 —  City, Downtown Ithaca, and Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce officials welcomed two new businesses — Sparks and Embers and La Bodega — to the community during welcoming ceremonies held at each place on Monday.  Sparks and Embers opened earlier this month, bringing a whole new and fun layer of indie labeled women’s apparel, home … Read More

Local artist transforms Commons kiosks into a public art piece

Commons digital directory

Downtown Ithaca recently teamed up with a local artist to add eye-catching public art on the Commons by repurposing its informational kiosks. Portrait paintings and line drawings of people of color along with the slogan Black Lives Matter on the side panels now wrap the former digital directories.  This inspiring art piece was curated by local painter Terry Plater. “When … Read More