Ithaca Festival, now celebrating its 41st year, took over the streets of Downtown Ithaca from Friday, May 31 – Sunday, June 2. An annual favorite part of this beloved festival is the art! To keep in step with that tradition, the Ithaca Festival hosted highly skilled local and national craft vendors selling their latest handcrafted goods. Vendors for the 2019 … Read More
Meet Deirdre Kurzweil at Sunny Days Sometimes you don’t realize how much you love Ithaca until you move away from it. Such was the case for Sunny Days of Ithaca owner Deirdre Kurzweil. She lived in Ithaca during her college years but then moved to Baltimore, Maryland to pursue a career in marketing research. She also owned a toy store … Read More
In Downtown Ithaca, there’s no shortage of specialty shops carrying high quality, locally crafted goods. Among the community’s top sellers of exquisitely crafted wares made my highly skilled artisans are Bettsie Park and Ken Jupiter, founders and owners of 15 STEPS, a craft and gift shop that is cherished by the community.
Jan Rhodes Norman is one of downtown Ithaca’s truly dedicated retailers. During Jan’s past 40 years as a downtown entrepreneur, she’s developed many specialty shops in the community, including Cat’s Pajamas and Alphabet Soup, a pair of children’s toy stores that still exist today under new ownership; Sweet Dreams, a Japanese futon furniture; her longest business venture, a men’s women’s and children’s casual clothing line called Silk Oak; and Ithacamade, a gift store located inside of the historic Dewitt Mall where visitors can find handcrafted items made by highly skilled local artisans. This year marks Ithaca’s 10th year in business.
As far as downtown merchants go, Kristina Thelen, the proud owner of Amuse: Modern Cottage Industry, is perhaps one of the most vivacious and outgoing. Maybe it’s her laid-back native west coast persona shining through — she formerly lived in California and Washington — or she’s happy most of the time simply because she enjoys the Ithaca community, her shop, and her customers.