ITHACA, N.Y. – Ithaca’s beloved cafe has opened up in a new location, expanding its presence even further throughout the city.
The recent soft opening of Gimme! Coffee in Community Corners makes the seventh location of the cafe statewide, with five locations upstate and two downstate.
Founder of Gimme! Kevin Cuddeback said the opening of the new location manifested somewhat organically, after the owner of the former cafe and bakery, Lona Cakes, informed him she was moving from the location.
“The previous tenant of the space did an amazing job setting it up, and she was a former wholesale account with us,” Cuddeback said. “She sold our coffee and she let us know that she was choosing to cease operations, and after talking about it we sort of decided that it would be a good choice for us.”
The space at 903 Hanshaw Road is light and cozy with a small bar area and a few tables. It’s in walking distance to nearby shops.
With all the space in the kitchen area, Cuddeback said he wanted to take advantage of the extra room, which resulted in a new business venture – ice cream.
“We had all this extra space and I had heard that there’s really nowhere up here you can get an ice cream – you have to either head to Dryden or go downtown for ice cream,” he said. ” It just seemed like the perfect thing. We’re not trying to be a full-on sundae shop, but the pairing with espresso is just an optimal flavor.”
Gimme! will be offering two classic flavors at the new location – vanilla, chocolate, or a twist of both.
With only a few other stops in the area to swing by and grab a coffee or pastry, the opening of the new Gimme! also offers some economic benefits for the area as well. In addition to the excitement of opening up shop in a new place with some extra treats to offer, Cuddeback said he hoped the new location could benefit the Cayuga Heights community.
“Community Corners is intended to be the core, the village of Cayuga Heights – this is their commercial district,” he said. “For the longest time, the best options within a short drive have been over in the mall area. I like the fact that there’s a chance for us to participate in the revitalization of Community Corners as a neighborhood hub now.”
Until their grand opening on May 21, the Community Corners Gimme! will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. After the grand opening, the cafe will be open for their normal summer hours from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.