Downtown Ithaca’s first spa and salon celebrating business milestone

Front window of AltaSpa

Alta Spa turns 20 years old this month, hosting Open House on Oct. 10th ITHACA NY OCTOBER 2, 2019 — Alta Spa, one of Downtown Ithaca’s specialty service providers, is celebrating its 20th anniversary and will be hosting a special event this month to recognize its business milestone. Alta Spa is Ithaca’s first day spa and a full-service salon and … Read More

October’s Gallery Night featuring live dress making demonstration at Breathe

Geen June Bridal owner Layne Dann standing near bridal gowns

Plus, dozens of locations showcasing the latest art pieces from local artists ITHACA, OCTOBER 2, 2019 — This Friday’s Gallery Night in Downtown Ithaca will include a special demonstration from one of the community’s fashion designers. Layne Dann, a highly-skilled designer who owns Gee June Bridal in Press Bay Court, will create a bridal gown from initial sketch to final stitch. Using material donated by … Read More

Downtown Ithaca Welcomes CFCU Transformation Center

CFCU Transformation Center ribbon cutting ceremony

New banking center joins lengthy list of financial institutions in the community ITHACA, NY FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 — The CFCU Transformation Center and administrative offices have recently joined Downtown Ithaca’s business community. The Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA), City of Ithaca, and Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce officially welcomed the new CFCU Transformation Center and administrative offices to downtown during a special … Read More

Cornell Student Groups Performing in Downtown Ithaca this Saturday

Cornell University student groups performing on the Bernie Milton Pavilion stage

Performances start at 1 p.m. at the Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Commons SEPTEMBER 3, 2019 ITHACA, NY – More than a dozen Cornell University student performance groups are bringing their dynamic, crowd-pleasing acts to Downtown Ithaca this Saturday, Sept 7. The student-led groups will perform between 1 and 5 p.m. at the Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Ithaca Commons pedestrian … Read More

IC Student Groups Set to Perform on August 31 in Downtown Ithaca

ITHACA, NY August 28, 2019 — This Saturday, Aug. 31, a handful of talented Ithaca College student performance groups will be bringing their acts to the downtown Ithaca community. The groups will be performing between 1 and 5 p.m. on the Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Commons as part of IC & TC3 Day, a special day where Downtown Ithaca … Read More

Downtown Ithaca debuting new event & attraction this winter

Prismatica light installation lights up cityscape

ITHACA, MAY 2, 2019 — This winter, Downtown Ithaca will host a new special holiday event, the Winter Light Festival, presented by Tompkins Trust Company and organized by the Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA). The festival will feature Prismatica, an art trail of 25 luminous and interactive prisms. Each prism stands more than seven feet tall and is covered in a dichroic film that … Read More

Downtown Ithaca Releases CFCU Summer Concert Series Schedule

Summer Concert Series logo. Purple background, lemon colored circle in the center

Lineup includes a wide range of highly talented regional and local acts MAY 1, 2019 ITHACA NY – The Downtown Ithaca Alliance enthusiastically announces its dynamic lineup for its CFCU Summer Concert Series which kicks off at 6 p.m. on June 20 and continues each Thursday until September 12 — with the exception of a Wednesday show during the week … Read More

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.