On Wednesday, June 26, 2013, the Downtown Ithaca Alliance and Mayor Svante Myrick will hold ribbon cutting ceremonies for three new business locations in downtown Ithaca.
At 1:00 PM, there will be a ribbon cutting for Jenn & Andy’s at 124 South Cayuga Street, next to Lot 10. “Wondering what an unusual gift shop is? Come in and find out!” invites owner Jenn Rizos. The store offers a wide variety of merchandise, including tropical houseplants like jasmine and gardenias; artisan French chocolate and caramels; and locally-sourced wood furnishings. Many items are Certified Fair Trade. This month’s special deal is 20 percent of QMT wind chimes, and local painter Yvonne Piburn is this month’s featured artist. Says Andy Rizos of their new store location, “Although we’ve lived many other places, Ithaca is our home and downtown is our neighborhood.”
At 1:15 PM, there will be a ribbon cutting for Deeply Devoted Massage at 120 East State Street, directly above Benjamin Peters. Deeply Devoted has grown rapidly and has moved to a new 1,600 studio overlooking the Commons. Says owner Marcie Leib, “We found ourselves with the happy problem of having greater demand than we could accommodate. The new space will allow us to bring affordable massage to even more people, and we’ll be adding more therapists to help meet the demand.” Deeply Devoted has also just launched a new website at DeeplyDevotedMassage.com where you can see the diverse services offered as well as information on Deeply Devoted’s therapists.
At 1:30 PM, there will be a ribbon cutting for Sarah’s Patisserie at 130 East Seneca Street, in the Hilton Garden Inn building. Sarah’s Patisserie has been supplying the community with fine French-inspired chocolates, pastries, and cakes from their Community Corners location since the spring of 2004. In their new elegant Art Deco-inspired store in the heart of downtown, customers will be able to watch Chef-Owner Tammy Travis transform blocks of chocolate into gourmet confections infused with key lime, passion fruit, chili, and dozens of other exotic flavors. Says Travis’s partner Sarah Jefferis, “We chose this space for its possibility, its promise, and its accessibility to other restaurants on the Commons.”