Ithaca, N.Y. — Comfort Windows Co. has opened a new showroom on Meadow Street in Ithaca, according to reports.

The home-improvement company’s fifth location in Upstate New York began operating June 30 at 501 South Meadow Street, the Business Journal News Network reported.

The Business Journal News Network said:

The showroom will act as a home-improvement center for homeowners in Tompkins County, including product designs, colors, literature, and product representatives with details on ideas and estimates.

The firm wanted to create a “simpler experience” for the residents of Ithaca and Tompkins CountyFritz Gentile, general manager of Comfort Windows, said in the news release.

“We feel there is a niche there, to help our typical customer that is looking to have a worry free remodeling experience with the great customer service we are known for,” Gentile said.


Additionally, this Thursday the Community Foundation of Tompkins County — one of the biggest non-profit donors in the area — will open its new downtown headquarters at 202 East Buffalo Street, Suite 202.

The foundation has given nearly $6 million in grants since starting in 2000.

A press release from the Downtown Ithaca Alliance stated:

“On Thursday, July 10, 2014, the Downtown Ithaca Alliance will join the City of Ithaca and the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce in welcoming the Community Foundation of Tompkins County to its new downtown headquarters at 200 East Buffalo Street, Suite 202. Following a ribbon cutting at 12:00 PM, there will be tours, light refreshments, and other festivities until 2:00 PM.

Established in 2000, the Community Foundation of Tompkins County is a not-for-profit public foundation dedicated to working with all people committed to local philanthropy and civic engagement as a means to enhance the quality of life for all who live and work in Tompkins County. Since its inception, it has awarded over 1,600 grants totaling nearly $6 million that support a variety of charitable interests, including arts, literacy, and sustainability. The Community Foundation also provides its partners with investment stewardship, financial analytics, and educational resources.

George Ferrari, CEO of the Community Foundation, reports that the organization has been fortunate enough to experience rapid growth in gifts, donors, and grants over the last two years. “Support from a number of donors, including a major unrestricted bequest, enabled program and staff expansions and a move to new offices. We have invested in a downtown base for philanthropy education to prepare for and capitalize on the challenges and opportunities ahead and better serve even more donors, nonprofits, and advisors throughout Tompkins County.”

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.