Father’s Day is this weekend and if you have yet to find a gift that will fit your dad’s interests, don’t worry, we have ideas that can be found right here in our own downtown.
A new shirt from Benjamin Peters
Located on The Commons, Benjamin Peters offers a selection of men’s clothing in the categories of formal wear, sportswear, and shoes. Whether he is need of some new weekend wear or a new shirt for work, you will be able to find something that suits your father’s style. Benjamin Peters is even offering a 20 percent off sale on all suits, sportscoats, sportswear, and shoes for the occasion.
Check out their site here.
An album from Angry Mom Records
Angry Mom Records has used vinyl records and CDs from all genres and a variation of artists. If your dad is a music lover, you are likely to find his favorite tracks here.
Check them out online here.
Coffee Grounds from Ithaca Coffee Company
Help to kick off this Father’s Day with the smell and taste of freshly brewed coffee by purchasing your dad coffee grounds from Ithaca Coffee Company. They sell a variety of different brews in the form of packaged grounds to be made in your own home.
Take a look at their site here to see more of their products.
A backpack from The Outdoor Store
With summer in full swing, your dad may be planning some great trips and activities outside to enjoy the warmer weather. The Outdoor Store has an excellent selection of equipment and gear to make spending time outside even more enjoyable.
Check them out online here.
Running Shorts Finger Lakes Running Company
If your father is athletic, gift him a new pair of running shorts from the Finger Lakes Running Company. The store sells many styles of shorts, sneakers and a variety of sporty gear for all of your dad’s active needs.
See more of their selection here.
Downtown Ithaca Gift Card
If you’re not exactly sure which gift would be most desired by your father this Father’s Day, you’re always safe by giving him a Downtown Ithaca Gift Card, redeemable at nearly 100 stores downtown. Downtown Ithaca Gift Cards can be purchased at the Downtown Ithaca Alliance Office, 171 E. State St. (Center Ithaca) or online at www.downtownithaca.com.
(Listing created by Annie Kluger, DIA Intern)
Downtown Ithaca is thrilled to announce this month’s Gallery Night will include a new artist and many fantastic art pieces from some long-time local and regional artists. Gallery Night is set for Friday, June 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. at 17 locations on and around The Commons.
Come out and meet Miwa Oseki Robbins, a budding artist in the Ithaca area, at Ten Forward Cafe, one of Downtown Ithaca’s newest eateries. Miwa’s paintings are often inspired by a personal story, documenting and expressing moments of internal and external death and rebirth. Her collection, Transform, will introduce you to her first decade as an “adult,” and a time of rich transformation, growth, and rebirth.
Ithaca native Scout Dunbar also explores youth in her latest exhibit In the Ring which will be on display at the Community School of Music and Arts Gallery. Through the exploration of pattern, mark-making, line, and material, Scout uses memory as a tool to revisit childhood. Her approach to aesthetics varies; some works are left as simple line drawings and others are filled with colors and patterns.
As guests continue through the walkable tour, they will have the opportunity to take a stroll on the wild side while viewing Lisa Baechtle’s Lions! and Tigers! and Bears! Oh My! collection at Collegetown Bagels, 203 N. Aurora St. Baechtle expresses her visions with vibrant, dense color not always associated with the transparent medium.
Though the Gallery Night tour has much to do with viewing art, visitors may take part in a hands-on activity at Handwork, 102 W. State St., where artists will be demonstrating how to create marbled paper in just a few easy steps. Marbled paper is great for personalized greeting cards, scrapbooking, stationary, and more.
Also, event guests will have a chance to learn how to preserve archeological artifacts by attending the FFGN Archaeology presentation at The History Center in Tompkins County. Binghamton University’s Brant Venables and Eight Square Schoolhouse Program Director Carole West will talk about the importance of archeology and also educate visitors about the eclectic range of artifacts from recent and past excavations that will be on display.
Additional exhibits will be available in at least a dozen other locations in the downtown area. Visit www.gallerynightIthaca.com to learn more about the participating locations and artists.
Gallery Night is funded in part by the Community Arts Partnership Decentralization Grant and is organized by the Downtown Ithaca Alliance. The DIA is proud to welcome WITH90.1 as its new media sponsor.
Moms and Dads,
Congratulate your graduate with a gift from Downtown Ithaca.
Downtown Ithaca offers a great assortment of gift options that your graduate will love! Don’t just take our word for it…Check out these gift ideas below!
Watch from Mansour Jewelers
Visit the store: http://www.mansourjewelers.com/watches
Athletic gear from Finger Lakes Running and Triathlon Company
Cornell University Gear from the Cornell Store
Visit the store: https://store.cornell.edu
Gem Stone Power Braces from Linsey Layne Boutique
Every graduate needs a little accessories to top off their cap and gown!
Visit store: https://www.linseylayne.com
Ithaca Keepsakes from Sunny Days
Give them a gift that will remind them of the amazing city where they spent their high school/college/ or university career.
Visit the store at http://www.sunnydaysny.com.
Chocolates from Life’s So Sweet
Visit the store at http://www.lifessosweet.com/
Vintage Dresses from Petrune
Visit the Store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Petrune
A Commuter Bag from Narrative Space
Shop at http://www.narrativespaceny.com/
Fashionable hats from Toko Imports
Visit the store: https://www.facebook.com/tokoradwoman/
A Downtown Ithaca Gift Card
Let your graduate decide what they want by giving them a Downtown Ithaca Gift Card. It’s accepting at more than 100 Downtown stores!
Purchase them at http://www.downtownithaca.com/ithaca-stores/our-store.html
You can find more gifts at other Downtown Ithaca stores, too! A listing of all of Downtown Ithaca’s Shops and Boutiques at www.downtownithaca.com
In Ithaca, there’s no shortage of places that carry rich, creamy, decadent and adorable chocolates, candies and delicious baked goods made especially for this springtime holiday. However, there are three downtown locations that you must visit when searching for Easter treats.
Green Street Pharmacy, 131 E. Green St.
While Green Street Pharmacy may be a less obvious choice for Easter treats, but it’s great option nonetheless.
Near the pharmacy’s cafe, customers will find a table loaded with an assortment of Easter treats available for purchase, including classics such as miniature Cadbury eggs (chocolate eggs filled with cream or caramel), many brands of jelly beans and a variety of different colored Peeps along with egg-shaped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
In case you’re looking for a unique treat, the pharmacy also carries homemade chocolate and maple walnut fudge cups made by Heavenly Treats in Corning along with handmade chocolates from Rose Fox of Savona. Ms. Fox makes chocolate bunny “suckers” for $.50 each and a variety of chocolate eggs for $.60 each. Green Street Pharmacy also offers chocolate covered cherry, maple filled, maple nut filled, and chocolate covered peanut butter eggs. Yummy!
Holiday decorations, such as various sized hand-painted ceramic bunnies, are also available for purchase.
Ithaca Coffee Company, 311 E. Green St
In spite of the fact that chocolates are an Easter staple, one may care to switch things up by filling basket(s) or their holiday feast table with another sort of sweet treat: gourmet prepared products.
Cue in Ithaca Coffee Company where a grand selection of freshly-baked items awaits you.
This fine establishment located in the Gateway Center offers a moist and sweet lemon pound cake, a lemon soaked cake with lemon glaze. This citrusy treat is sure to please anyone looking for a tasty, bittersweet option.
Lemon flavor also makes its presence known in Ithaca Coffee Company’s Easter Cupcake, a lemon curd filled vanilla cupcake topped with rich vanilla bean buttercream. You or your children are sure to gobble up this moist and creamy treat in seconds!
Coconut flavor fans who also enjoy chocolate will be able to satisfy both cravings by purchasing the coconut macaroon nest, a gluten-free coconut macaroon nest filled with dark chocolate ganache and finished with jelly beans. The nest is an adorable, decorative and delicious piece that should certainly be added to your holiday spread.
However, if you’re dead set on offering some candies in your home this holiday, Ithaca Coffee also has an array of fine chocolates and confections available for purchase.
Life’s So Sweet Chocolates,116 W. Green Street
This is downtown’s premier location for freshly produced chocolate-related goodies and other sugary delights. Beautifully designed and especially tasty chocolate bunnies, lambs, eggs and religious crosses line the shelves along with chocolate lollipops and malted balls, colorful spiced and jelly beans, and pastel-colored candy corn.
Most of the chocolate pieces come in dark, milk and white chocolate and are created in a variety of sizes, from palm-sized to 9.6 ounces. You’ll also have your choice of hollow or solid chocolates.
If you looking for chocolate items that add a bit of secretive fun to the equation, purchase the Surprise Eggs. These adorable eggs are made of hollow chocolate (milk or dark) and then filled with surprise edible treats (candy corn, spiced or jelly beans). These perfectly sized treats are served in a box and surrounded by assorted miniature solid chocolate eggs, bunnies and chicks.
Another special treat are the chocolate-dipped Peeps, a fluffy marshmallow baby chick (sometimes available in bunny shape) shrouded in colorful sugar and half dunked in Life So Sweet’s signature fair trade chocolate. These Peeps were plunged in milk or dark chocolate and are packaged two to a pack.
Small, medium and large boxes carrying delicious hand-crafted chocolates including but not limited to truffles, caramels, creams, solids, coated nuts and exotic flavors are also available for purchase.
Once you’ve found the perfect treats, complete your order by purchasing a decorative basket, recyclable fake grass and a soft and cuddly plush animal. All of these items are available in the make a basket station in the corner of the store near the chocolate making station.
Now that your mind is filled with all sorts of sweet treat images, come downtown and purchase your holiday treats at one or all of these locations.
More information, including store hours can be found by clicking on the name of the business.
For additional information about places to shop in downtown Ithaca, visit www.downtownithaca.com.
Activities includes meet and greet with an artist, lunch at Due Amici and a movie at Cinemapolis
ITHACA, N.Y. — The Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA) enthusiastically announces its latest activities for one of its newest events, Day Out In Downtown.
This fun-filled, midday event, slated for Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., is a special monthly event geared towards the community’s older population, providing them with an opportunity to spend a day downtown participating in educational and entertaining activities while discovering or reacquainting themselves with downtown’s offerings.
The event will be rescheduled.
The day’s activities will begin at Community Arts Partnership, 171 E. State/Martin Luther King Jr. St., where artist Uniit Carruyo will give an informal talk about her artistry and latest exhibit, Harmonic Seascapes, which is displayed in the partnership’s gallery. Participants will have the chance to view Carruyo’s beautifully crafted paintings which were created using a mixture of acrylic, ink, fiber, light, and glass.
Following this informative activity, attendees will then get to unwind and socialize while they enjoy a special, all-inclusive, lunch at one of Ithaca’s newest restaurants on The Commons, Due Amici Ristorante, 124 The Commons. The Mediterranean-influenced meal will include a salad, drink, and a choice of entree— falafel, chicken kebab or Gyro kebab — served over rice. The cost for this tasty activity is $10.
After lunch, at 1 p.m., participants can walk the short distance to Cinemapolis to watch a special matinee showing of the Golden Globe-winning Hollywood Musical La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend and Rosemarie DeWitt. Tickets to this box office hit are only $6, and participants will receive a complimentary bag of popcorn dressed with F. Olivers delicious artisan oils and special seasoning blends. F. Olivers staff will be at the theater to greet guests and offer them tastings of their fine products.
Those who are interested in Day Out in Downtown are welcome to come for one, two, or all three of these events.
“Downtown boasts many stores, restaurants, and services. Some of them are new, or they provide new products and services, so encourage the public to attend Day Out to discover downtown’s latest offerings, meet with one of our talented artists, shop at the multiple retail sites, and/or savor the meal Due Amici is preparing for our guests,” said DIA Executive Director Gary Ferguson.
For more information about this special day, RSVP your attendance, and/or learn about parking options for the activity, please call the Downtown Ithaca Alliance at (607) 277-8679.