ITHACA, N.Y. –– Two Finger Lakes businesses, the Finger Lakes Cider House and Cayuga Lake Creamery, both based in Interlaken, N.Y., have brought their wares to the Dewitt Mall in Downtown Ithaca.
A pop-up space in the old Decorum-Too rug shop is housing the two businesses, creating a unique destination for holiday shoppers to eat and drink, while purchasing locally produced bottles of cider and hand-packed pints and quarts of ice cream.
There are free cider tastings, Finger Lakes merchandise and ice cream for sale by the scoop as well. The storefront is open every Thursday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
Finger Lakes Cider House opened its doors in 2015, following the establishment of the company’s organic Good Life farm where the apples for cider, and other produce, have been grown since 2008. The farm and Cider House are focused on promoting local and ethical farming practices in New York State.
“We’re excited for people to experience us and see what we have to offer,” said Mason Bonn, a Cider House employee.
There are 13 varieties of the Cider House’s ‘Kite and String’ cider available. Those varieties range from dry to sweet, and are produced on-site at the farm in Interlaken.
Bonn also encourages people to visit the main tasting room at 4017 Hickok Road, Interlaken, open every day until 5.
The location at Dewitt Mall is just temporary, opening up on Nov. 29 and closing for the season Dec. 29.
Jeff Kostick, who founded Cayuga Lake Creamery in 2004 after a career in the computer industry, said he’s hoping to stick around downtown.
“We still have to talk to mall management,” Kostick said. He said staying would require some storefronts moving around –– a possibility in the near future.
Cayuga Lake Creamery produces homemade ice cream in small batches on-site using local ingredients at their location on Route 89 in Interlaken.
They also have a location at the Shops at Ithaca Mall, 40 Catherwood Rd, Ithaca. That location is open Monday through Saturday, noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
The main location, at 8421 State Route 89 in Interlaken is open Saturday through Thursday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Homemade flavors at Cayuga Lake Creamery include versions of the classics as well as unique and seasonal offerings such as Lavender, Maple Bacon, Ultimate Fudge Brownie, and their Seneca Salt Caramel. The Creamery also regularly produces wine flavors created with the assistance of local winemakers, non-dairy options, sorbets, and gluten-free offerings. Flavors, currently over 200, are produced on a rotation, with about thirty scooped at a time.
At the Dewitt Mall location now, vanilla bean, chocolate, Seneca Salt Caramel, peppermint candy, pumpkin, gingersnap, maple walnut, Cinn-ful, Purple Cow, pralines and cream, cherry jubilee and mango peach sorbet flavors are all available for sample and purchase.