Celebrate Grilled Cheese Month, and National Grilled Cheese Day on April 12th, in Downtown Ithaca

From the classic grilled cheese on sourdough to one-of-a-kind creations, many Downtown Ithaca’s eateries have your favorite comfort food staple ready to enjoy. Ithaca Ale House, 111 N. Aurora St. They claim it’s “the best-grilled cheese you’ll ever have.” It’s made with three kinds of cheese — American, Provolone, and Cheddar and grilled to perfection on crispy rosemary focaccia bread. … Read More

The Commons Kitchen opening in Downtown Ithaca next month

Downtown Ithaca’s Commons, home to many excellent fine dining and fast food options, will soon have a family style restaurant added to its mix. Nadina Azzouay, a longtime home-cooker and the wife of Casablanca Pizzeria owner Adil Griguihi, is opening her own business, The Commons Kitchen at 124 East State St. (The Commons), the former Due Amici Ristorante site.

Downtown Ithaca Awards Seven at Annual Dinner

The hardworking and dedicated downtown retailers, entrepreneurs, program partners, and the city’s latest developments were in the spotlight Monday night as the Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DI
A) presented seven awards during its Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the Marriott on The Commons.

March Gallery Night to showcase We Are Ithaca display

The We Are Ithaca portrait project, a series of individual portraits of people who compose Ithaca’s rich community, is making its way to March’s Gallery Night, a walking tour of downtown Ithaca’s galleries and other art display sites.

Five businesses win Downtown Ithaca’s Race for the Space II

Halal butcher shop/grocery store claims top prize Five new retailers will join Downtown Ithaca’s vibrant business community very soon as a result of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance’s and Urban Core LLC’s Race for the Space II competition. DIA Executive Director Gary Ferguson and Urban Core LLC’s John Guttridge announced the highly competitive retail business contest’s five winners during a special … Read More

Santa Claus is Coming Downtown!

Join us for Downtown Ithaca’s annual tradition of welcoming Santa to Downtown Ithaca in the most unusual way!  Santa will rappel off the side of the Center Ithaca building and onto the Commons at Trolley Circle.

Experiencial Retail

Downtown Ithaca’s traditional retailers are recognizing that online retail is causing a shift in consumer shopping habits and that brick and mortar shops now need to offer hands-on and authentic experiences to draw shoppers into their stores.

Holiday Shopping Events & Winter Activities

Downtown Ithaca boasts all sorts of holiday shopping and family-fun activities Small Business Saturday, Cider Monday, Santa’s visit, Ice Fest, Chowder Cook-Off and more will help get folks in the holiday spirit  ITHACA NY  NOVEMBER 16, 2017 – The holiday shopping season is upon us, and Downtown Ithaca’s many locally owned and operated shops and boutiques that we’ve all grown … Read More

November Gallery Night

Gallery Night Ithaca set to amaze this Friday We Are Ithaca portraits project and RESIST! exhibit part of this month’s tour Downtown Ithaca is thrilled to announce that this month’s Gallery Night will feature an impressive array of artworks including a community-orientated photography project, some politically motivated artworks, and Ithaca College student performances. Gallery Night is set for Friday, Nov. 3 … Read More