ITHACA, N.Y. — On Nov. 7, members of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance, the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Ithaca held ribbon-cutting ceremonies for three new businesses that recently opened in the heart of downtown.

The Bloomwell, at 111 West State Street, is a purveyor of ethically produced, environmentally conscious lifestyle products. Bike Bar Ithaca, at 314 East State Street, is a cozy, cycling inspired taproom from the owners of Old Goat Gear Exchange, located in the meticulously renovated Carey Building. And Angelhearts Diner, at 401 East State Street, prides itself on from scratch, vegan comfort food.

“1 in 6 jobs in Ithaca, and I know this from reading Brian Crandall’s reporting, were created in the last 10 years, and the lion’s share of those jobs are being created by small business owners and entrepreneurs. Supporting them is how we get a stronger economy and a more inclusive economy,” said Mayor Svante Myrick. “These events are nice for two reasons. First, they bring some initial publicity to the business…second, it gives business owners face-time with some of the policymakers in the city…they know your face, they know your name, and they all heard us say publically that we want to support them, and they can hold us to account.”