This is a news release from the Downtown Ithaca Alliance. It was NOT written by The Ithaca Voice. To submit community announcements to The Voice, email

ITHACA. N.Y. – The holiday shopping season is upon us, and Downtown Ithaca’s many locally owned and operated shops and boutiques that we’ve all grown to know and love are ready to help you celebrate with some very special shopping events.

Small Business Saturday is Saturday, Nov. 25 and it’s the best time during the year to show your support for local businesses and the community. This special day, an American Express creation and annual nationwide movement, is set up to help locally owned businesses with their most pressing need — attracting more customers. The day encourages people to shop at local small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

On Small BusinessSaturday, make it a point to visit Downtown Ithaca where you’ll find more than 100 locally owned and operated specialty shops and boutiques on and around The Commons. Make sure to check out the retailers at the Dewitt Mall and Pressbay Alley, and on East and West State, Cayuga and Green streets.

Shoppers who arrive at downtown’s shops early may receive a signature “Shop Small” canvas bag, a special edition item and the perfect accessory for carrying some of the wonderful items you’ll purchase that day.

Downtown Ithaca’s shops sell a grand selection of gift options including one-of-a-kind, handcrafted items such as pottery, paintings, jewelry, and other products made by highly skillful artisans. Shoppers will also find stores carrying affordable and quality made children’s clothing and toys, modern brand name and vintage apparel, top of the line sporting goods and high-end footwear. Specialty shops selling holiday items ranging from greeting cards and holiday stationery made by local manufacturers are also among the offerings.

“When money is spent at independent locally owned businesses, the money stays here and strengthens the economic base of where we live. Plus, patrons should support these one-of-a-kind businesses because they contribute to the character of our community with exclusive shopping and dining options,” said DIA Executive Director Gary Ferguson.

Last year’s estimates show that a total of 112 million people came out across the country to shop on Small Business Saturday. This outpouring of support helped the nation’s small business owners generate roughly $15.4 billion in sales for the day.

While you’re shopping local on Small Business Saturday, don’t forget to share with friends and family on social media that you’re downtown for SmallBusiness Saturday. Downtown Ithaca is hosting a #Shopsmall Selfie Contest, so it will keep an eye out for your social media posts. When you shop on SmallBusiness Saturday, snap a selfie and use the hashtags #shopsmall and #downtownithaca on Facebook or Instagram. A special prize will be awarded to the winner. Look for contest details and rules on Downtown Ithaca’s Events Page on Facebook.

To continue the holiday shopping spirit past the traditionally busy shopping weekend, Downtown Ithaca will host “Cider” Monday on November 27. This is an indie store alternative to Cyber Monday reminding the community about local businesses.  In downtown Ithaca, shoppers can enjoy complimentary cider samples as they look for gifts as well as a complimentary cider donut from Littletree Orchards when they show a proof of a purchase made a downtown shop that day.

Additional details, including cider tasting locations, are available at the Downtown Ithaca Facebook Events Page.

Downtown Ithaca also offers more than 50 dining choices where visitors may stop for a freshly prepared, delicious meal anytime during their holiday shopping excursion. You may also want to consider purchasing a Downtown Ithaca Gift Card as a gift for your loved one or friends so they can experience Downtown Ithaca.

Also, be sure to check out Downtown Ithaca’s upcoming holiday festivities including Santa’s arrival on December 2, the Downtown Ithaca Ice Festival from December 7-9, and the 8th Annual Chowder Cook-Off happening during the ice carving competition at Ice Festival on Saturday, Dec. 9.

For more information, visit, call the DIA at (607) 277-8679, email, or visit

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