Mayor Myrick at the Press Bay Cafe

ITHACA, N.Y. — Three new businesses are being welcomed to downtown Ithaca in ribbon-cutting ceremonies on Friday.


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They are, according to a news release from the Downtown Ithaca Alliance:

1— Press Cafe in Press Bay Alley

At 12:15 PM, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony for Press Café in Press Bay Alley (118 W. Green St., Suite 1).

“Our minimalist café with glass overhead doors is sun-drenched and welcoming for a quick pick-me-up. We offer espresso drinks, brewed coffees, and beautiful herbal teas blended by our neighbors at Bramble, along with local baked goods,” proprietor Chris Cowan says in a news release.

“As longtime Ithaca residents, we wanted to create a place where our community could experience something different. Downtown Ithaca is growing and we are proud to be the new spot in this ever-evolving city we call home.”

Mayor Myrick at the Press Cafe

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2 — Moonlight Dancer Studio

At 12:30 PM, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony for Moonlight Dancer Studio of Middle Eastern Dance above Sunny Days (123 S. Cayuga St., Suite 302).

“Moonlight Dancer Studio offers classes in Turkish and Egyptian styles of Oriental dance. Oriental dance, or Belly Dance as it’s known in this country, is for everyone – all ages, shapes, and sizes,” says proprietor June Seaney.

“It is a beautiful dance, a good workout and stress-reliever, and a lot of fun! We are excited to be in the middle of the downtown shopping district and be a part of all the events here.”

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3 — The CommonSpot

At 12:45 PM, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony for The CommonSpot above Petrune (126¾ The Commons). Says proprietor Bob Rossi, “The CommonSpot is a coworking space for small businesses and non-profits designed to have a positive impact on our community and our natural environment.”

“We also offer three rooms for rent to members and non-members for meetings and events. The CommonSpot was designed – and named – to be on the Commons. Downtown is increasingly the place to go to start a new business, organization, or movement, and we believe the new Commons will be the heart of it all.”

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All of Downtown Ithaca’s ribbon cuttings are free and open to the public and members of the press.

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Jeff Stein

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