ITHACA, N.Y. –– The Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA) was busy on Thursday, July 22 as they celebrated three businesses blossoming in the downtown community. 

CTHDRL, Lori Davis’ Sexual and Hormonal Wellness and Karp, Ackerman, Small and Hogan accounting firm all celebrated ribbon cutting ceremonies officially welcoming them to the downtown business community. 

“I opened in September but it was really a kind of soft opening,” said Davis. “I’ve slowly been inhabiting the space more and more.”

Davis is a certified nurse practitioner who specializes in sexual health and counseling. She has a diverse practice that uses herbalism, mindfulness, counseling and education as part of her patient treatment. 

“I thank this community for the warm welcome. I look forward to offering real, authentic, holistic support to folks with sexual and hormonal concerns,” she added.   

CTHDRL, located at the Foundry co-working space, is a “digital design and experience agency” that focuses on the intersections of community, culture and commerce. The venture is the brainchild of  Josh Hubbermann, an award-winning brand marketer, and John Robson, a songwriter turned developer,

“A lot of what we do is bring community together online into these unique spaces to sort of share in a community driven experience,” said Hubberman. 

City of Ithaca Deputy Director for Economic Development Thomas Knipe said during the ribbon cutting that CTHDRL, “is truly living the story we’re trying to tell about our future. Ithaca is a city where you can conduct national level and creative work, live in a community with an excellent quality of life, have access to downtown and be close to nature.”

The final ceremony of the day was for Karp, Ackerman, Small and Hogan (KASH) CPAs PC. This public accounting firm prides themselves on years of experience now conveniently located in the heart of downtown on the Ithaca Commons. 

“Karp, Ackerman, Small & Hogan CPAs is committed to providing the highest quality accounting and tax services to businesses in Ithaca and the surrounding community. We believe Bank Tower on the Commons is ideally situated to serve the downtown business community. We look forward to building many new and rewarding relationships with our clients downtown, says KASH Partner Matthew Mackerer.

Mayor Svante Myrick expressed his excitement for the downtown growth as well. 

“It is an honor to welcome these three vastly different businesses to our community. Each of them provides valuable and necessary services. I thank them for investing in our downtown district,” says Mayor Myrick. 

DIA Executive Director Gary Ferguson added, “Downtown Ithaca has space for all types of businesses to thrive, as evident by these three diverse service providers. We are delighted to welcome them to our community. We encourage folks seeking these types of specialty services to give them their patronage and support.”

Mikayla Rovenolt

Mikayla Rovenolt interns with the Ithaca Voice and is also a contributing writer for Queers for a Cause, an online based Lgbtq news and advocacy blog. Tips or stories? Contact mikaylarovenolt@gmail.com.