ITHACA, N.Y. –– Representatives from the City of Ithaca, the Downtown Ithaca Alliance and the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce came together on Tuesday morning to celebrate the growth and expansion of two local businesses with a ribbon-cutting.

Ooy’s Deli, a new venture by Thai Basil restaurant owners Bonner and Ooy Herren, and located in the old Collegetown Bagels location, was honored Tuesday after unveiling their full selection of sliced meats and made-to-order sandwiches. The location had a soft opening in July, offering a limited menu of smoothies and specialty coffee drinks throughout the summer.

John Guttridge, a local developer and president of the DIA, congratulated Bonner and Ooy on their decision to branch out and diversify their influence downtown.

“I was already a regular customer of your other business, and I think it’s more important than ever to have local people investing in our community and building what’s next for our downtown,” he said.

The second business celebrated was Adrina Dietra, a local luxury lingerie shop owned and operated by Adrina Graham. Adrina Dietra has been in operation for over a year but is celebrating a new home –– the storefront has moved into a bigger space in Press Bay Court from their previous location in Press Bay Alley.

“One year ago we welcomed a wonderful business to this community and we are thrilled to watch it grow and transition,” Mayor Svante Myrick said outside of the ribbon-cutting Tuesday morning.

Click through a photo gallery of the ribbon cutting below:

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