Three New Businesses Open in Downtown Ithaca

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Cayuga Nail Spa, Odyssey Bookstore and Kimchi join community during COVID-19 pandemic ITHACA NY JULY 23, 2020 — The Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA) enthusiastically announces three new businesses have joined the Downtown Ithaca community since March. Cayuga Nail Spa came to the downtown community in the early Spring, a week prior to New York State requiring businesses to shut down because of the COVID-19 … Read More

Downtown Ithaca canceling a number
 of special events for 2020

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ITHACA NY JULY 21, 2020 — After a thorough review of its options, the Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA) today announces the cancellation of more of its special events programming for the remainder of the year. The event cancellations include the Apple Harvest Festival, Fashion Week, Welcome Student Weekend, Halloween on the Commons, Santa’s Arrival, and Chowder Cook-Off — each traditionally … Read More

GO ITHACA program expanding

Downtown Ithaca Employers & Residents Now Eligible for Transportation Benefits Program ITHACA JULY 2, 2020 — GO ITHACA, the community’s transportation benefits program, is expanding to offer its membership to downtown Ithaca’s employers and residents. Since February, the program has been recruiting and providing discounted transportation options and other perks to downtown employees, and now the area’s employers and residents … Read More

Popular Wine Boutique Earns Special Recognition

The Cellar D’Or Wine & Cider Shop Receives Top 50 Wine Retailer Honors from Wine Enthusiast ITHACA NY JULY 1, 2020 — The Cellar D’Or Wine and Cider Shop at 136 The Commons in Downtown Ithaca recently earned a special honor from Wine Enthusiast, an influential publication for wine lovers. The magazine names Cellar D’Or among its Top 50 Wine … Read More

TCAT extends no-fare policy through Sept. 5

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This message was produced by Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) which provides transit services throughout Downtown Ithaca and the Greater Ithaca area.  The TCAT Board of Directors voted unanimously to extend TCAT’s no-fare policy through Sat., Sept. 5, to continue the practice of social distancing between drivers and riders. At their regularly scheduled meeting Thurs., June 25, board members voted … Read More

Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick delivers public safety video message

DIA, TCAD, City, Visit Ithaca, Tompkins Chamber, Department of Health partner with a local PR firm on health and safety message ITHACA, NY JUNE 23, 2020  — The Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA), Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce, Tompkins County Area Development, Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention and Visitors Bureau, City of Ithaca, and the Tompkins County Health Department have partnered with Flair … Read More

Downtown Ithaca & Community Partners introduce Ithaca Promise

Downtown, City, Chamber and Local First Ithaca partner to institute commitment to health and safety as businesses reopen. ITHACA, NY JUNE 12, 2020 — Public health and safety are among the top priorities in the Ithaca and greater Tompkins County community. With this sentiment in mind, the Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA), Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce, City of Ithaca, and … Read More

Downtown’s Homegrown Skateshop raises nearly $50,000 for area youth programs affected by COVID-19 pandemic

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ITHACA NY JUNE 9, 2020 — Homegrown Skateshop, a specialty store in Downtown Ithaca since 2005, recently held an online raffle that garnered nearly $50,000 to benefit The Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) and Social Ventures, a pair area youth programs affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Homegrown Skateshop owner Andrew Douglas partnered with Jeff Furman, a former Board of Directors Chairman at Ben & Jerry’s Ice … Read More

State of Downtown Ithaca

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An Important Message for the Downtown Ithaca Alliance Executive Director  We live in troubling times… unrelenting and heartbreaking racism and violence against people of color, a global pandemic that has killed over 100,000 people in this country alone, and an economic downturn that has put 40,000,000 Americans (including some 9,000 Tompkins County residents) into unemployment. Isolation has begotten cynicism. The … Read More