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Kelby Woodside, owner of Snailboat Studio, and Ithaca College sophomore Katie Oliver pose with the variety of crochet animals that were available for purchase at this year’s Fairy Fest on The Commons.

Fairy Fest creates magical day on The Commons

By Taylor Borash, Staff Writer March 27, 2024
Despite the gloomy weather, over 150 people showed up March 23 to participate in Ithaca’s third annual Fairy Fest, which was held on The Commons. Over 30 small restaurants and businesses opened their doors to adults and children alike for the event, inviting families inside for activities such as face painting, wand making and fairy garden planting. Participants were encouraged to dress up as fairy, elf or woodland creatures.
Jeff Lowe pours coffee March 7 at Alley Cat Cafe. A year ago, the cafe operated with a bare-bones staff to complete curbside pickup orders. Now that the cafe is able to have in-person customers again, the number of employees has increased.

Getting Back to Business

By Ithacan Staff, Lexi Danielson, Alyssa Beebe, Brendan Iannucci April 8, 2021
Exploring local businesses one year into the COVID-19 pandemic
The Bartender Recommends

The Bartender Recommends

By Sophia Adamucci, Editor in Chief December 12, 2019

In 2019, eight new restaurants opened in downtown Ithaca and five restaurants closed. The turnover of resturants is because of high rents, competition and the personal toll of owning a business.

Demands of restaurants lead to closures

By Madison Fernandez, News Editor December 12, 2019

From pizzerias to Moroccan concepts, Hicham Oulida, Towers Marketplace retail manager at Ithaca College, has owned six restaurants — five of which were in Ithaca — over the past decade. He...

UPDATE: Ithaca College student shot on The Commons last night

UPDATE: Ithaca College student shot on The Commons last night

By Laura O'Brien, Assistant News Editor October 26, 2018
The Ithaca Police Department are investigating a shooting that occurred on the Commons at 1:23 a.m. Oct. 26.
WATCH: Ithacas 35th annual Apple Harvest Festival

WATCH: Ithaca’s 35th annual Apple Harvest Festival

By Ithacan Staff October 2, 2017
Ithaca celebrates it's 35th annual Applefest. The downtown event is a celebration of local food, art and all things apple.
Apple of Ithacas eye: Ithacans celebrate 34th applefest

Apple of Ithaca’s eye: Ithacans celebrate 34th applefest

By Jacob Sullivan, Assistant Multimedia Editor October 4, 2016
The Downtown Ithaca Alliance hosts the 34th annual Apple Harvest Festival on The Commons. The event features a variety of food and entertainment.

Editorial: Ithaca Commons reconstruction took too long

September 2, 2015
While The Commons does look wonderful, its completion took far too long and hurt too many businesses in the process.
Ithaca area offers variety of jazz performances

Ithaca area offers variety of jazz performances

By Matt Gurbarg and Max Gillian April 8, 2015
Jazz acts around town welcome musical exploration.

Senator calls for safety audit of Ithaca intersection

By Kyle Stewart, Staff Writer February 17, 2015
New York Sen. Charles Schumer called for a federal safety audit of the intersection that was site to the fatal tractor-trailer crash at Simeon’s restaurant last June.
Jon Bennett, a worker at Littletree Orchards in Newfield, N.Y., grades apples to turn into cider for the upcoming 31st Annual Apple Harvest Festival. Littletree Orchards has been around for 40 years.

Fruits of their labor: Farmers prepare for 31st annual Apple Fest

By Aama Harwood, Staff Writer October 2, 2013
Several apple farmers must gear up for the upcoming changes to Apple Fest because of the construction on The Commons.
City kicks off Commons rebuild project

City kicks off Commons rebuild project

By Noreyana Fernando, Assistant News Editor April 10, 2013
Nearly 100 people gathered Monday on The Commons for a celebration that officially marked the launch of the much-awaited Ithaca Commons redesign project.
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