Downtown Ithaca welcomes 5 new businesses

On Thursday, September 3, the Downtown Ithaca Alliance and City of Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick will welcome five new businesses on and around the newly redesigned Ithaca Commons pedestrian mall. At 12:00 PM, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony for Gateway BBQ Restaurant (401 E. State St., next to the History Center). Says proprietor Andy Conroy, “We are a down-home establishment bringing southern cooking to the heart of Ithaca. Our specialties include St. Louis style ribs, smoked brisket, pulled pork, burgers, mac and cheese, zucchini fries, and cornbread made from scratch each and every day. What better place to start a business than in a town with such a diversity of people? Everyone here has welcomed us with open arms.” At 12:15 PM, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony for Narrative Space (213 N. Aurora St., next to Bool’s). Says proprietor Mark Zaharis, “We’re a purveyor of heritage work wear and accessories for men and women and we have a full-service barbershop where high-end American-made grooming products are stocked and sold. We are striving to bring something new to Ithaca. It’s a beautiful town with an amazing community, and it’s growing and becoming a better and better place to live. We’re very happy to be a part of that growth.” At 12:30 PM, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony for Bristle & Turp (208 the Commons, above Big Time Barber Shop). Says proprietor Erin Deneuville, “We offer art lessons and parties that allow kids to really get creative and exercise artistic thinking. They can choose from a menu of projects, like Andy Warhol-inspired prints or Jim Henson-inspired puppets, or build skills over time with weekly lessons. This is my first year in Ithaca and it feels to be wonderful to be right in the heart of it on the Commons.” At 12:45 PM, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony for My Newborn Is Art Photography (208 the Commons, above Big Time Barbershop). Says proprietor Chelsea Stirlen, “We are an award-winning studio founded in Salt Lake City offering fine art portraits of infants. I grew up in the area and have recently returned home to raise my family. Growing up, whenever I thought of Ithaca, I thought of the Commons. I’m overjoyed to provide my clients with keepsakes of their growing families in one of my favorite places in the city.” At 1:00 PM, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony for eye (126 the Commons, above Petrune). Says proprietor Julie Simmons-Lynch, “eye is thrilled to be part of the rebirth of the Commons, truly the heartbeat of Ithaca. eye will be an aesthetic cocktail: from photography and painting to illustration and ceramics, we promise to be keenly eclectic and never stale. We are excited to be showing Justin Hjortshøj’s fascinating panoramic photography as our premiere installation; please join us for our first Gallery Night opening on September 4 from 5:30-6:30 PM.” All of Downtown Ithaca’s ribbon cuttings are free and open to the public and members of the press.

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