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ITHACA July 21, 2017 —  Downtown Ithaca is pleased to announce its annual Downtown Employee Appreciation Week (DEAW), starting on Monday, will bring some great deals and fun-filled activities to downtown’s workforce.

This five-day event — July 24 – July 28 — is dedicated to recognizing the over 3,000 hard working employees that work downtown. Participants will enjoy daily giveaways, discounts, the famed Downtown Olympics, and plenty more throughout the week. Downtown Employee Appreciation Week is free and open to all employees within the business improvement district.  

“Employee Appreciation Week is designed to be fun for downtown businesses and offices and is a great team building experience. Plus, participants will receive free stuff,” said Downtown Ithaca Alliance Special Events Director Tatiana Sy.

Participants can kick off the week by picking up their Employee Discount Card from noon to 1:30 p.m. on The Commons. They can then enjoy a free iced coffee or iced Bramble tea compliments of Press Cafe.

Prior to DEAW, make sure to register for your Employee Discount Card online at on the DEAW event page under the Events Tab to receive even more downtown deals during DEAW and throughout the year!

On Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., employees can use the Employee Discount Card to claim a free and kiddie-size ice cream scoop or a delicious Italian Soda at Green Street Pharmacy, 131 E Green St., and on Wednesday, make sure to come to work with an appetite because OmNomNomelettes will be serving free hot breakfast at Press Bay Alley. Come to the location between 8 to 10 a.m., show your Employee Discount Card, and then choose between a cheese omelet or a veggie omelet.

For Thursday’s Employee Appreciation event, you’ll receive a discount while enjoying a bit of Downtown Ithaca’s summer nightlife at the CFCU Summer Concert Series featuring classic R&B and soul group Kings of Fall, During the show, from 6 to 8 p.m., Downtown employees will receive $2 off beer and wine with their ID and Discount Card!

The final activity for this annual affair is the highly anticipated Downtown Olympics!  This fun, office team event will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on The Commons. During this action-packed activity, teams of four will compete in games that will test their speed, agility, dedication, precision, poise and other less useful skills. These teams will go head-to-head in challenges such as CD Sort, Popcorn Party, Re-Rack Rush, Go-Go Gallery Night,  Blooming Commons, and more! Prizes (and bragging rights) will be awarded to the top 2 overall teams.

Want to bring home the gold but don’t have enough Olympians? Teams of 4 are encouraged but not required. As long as your office has at least one Iron Olympian ready to participate in every event your office can be represented. Register for the Downtown Olympics using a link on the DEAW Event Page located at under the Events tab.

Toward the tail end of DEAW, make sure to check out the Downtown Ithaca Summer Sale set for July 27-30. More than 40 downtown retailers located on and around The Commons will be participating with discounts up to 50% off in-store merchandise. Look for the Summer Sale signage on the storefronts to locate the participating retailers.

For more information on these and other events, visit or find the events on Downtown Ithaca’s Facebook page.