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Editorial: The college sets a positive example by supporting local businesses

Editorial: The college sets a positive example by supporting local businesses

By The Ithacan September 6, 2023
Cornell University has announced that it will end its partnership with Starbucks when their contract is up in 2025. This decision means the college will no longer serve products from the coffee chain on campus.
Editorial: Closed stores could open doors for local businesses

Editorial: Closed stores could open doors for local businesses

By The Ithacan February 22, 2023
After all, businesses fail and succeed all the time, and it is up to consumers to decide which business will succeed.
Smiley’s Mini Mart is located right off the college’s campus at 825 Danby Road, next door to the Sunset Grill. Before Smiley’s Mini Mart opened in August 2022, the store was a local convenience store chain called Dandy’s. Raj Singh, who also owns a store in Newfield, bought Rogan’s Corner from Dandys in June 2022 because he wanted to cater to college students.

New mini mart owner rebrands to draw college students

By Liam McDermott, Contributing Writer September 21, 2022
With new owners and a new menu, Smiley’s Mini Mart on Rogan’s Corner hopes to appeal more to Ithaca College students.
Senior Brianna Lowe, a Trader K’s employee since her sophomore year at Ithaca College, expressed sadness following the news of Trader Ks closing.

Beloved local thrift store on The Commons announces closure

By Clare Shanahan, Staff Writer February 24, 2022
Trader K’s, a used-clothing store on The Commons has curated a sense of community for its customers and employees alike and will close this spring.
Pictured is Senior Sam Williams (left), who is the co-owner of Electric City Axe Throwing, and the first employee of the business and Marine veteran, Chris Ogozaly.

Student returns to IC after opening axe throwing business

By Caroline Grass, Staff Writer February 1, 2022
After two leaves of absence, an Ithaca College student returns as the co-owner of new axe throwing business located in in Scranton, Pennsylvania. 
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
Baker Racquel Riccardi specializes in allergen-free and vegan baked goods. She sells them at the Alley Cat Cafe in Ithaca, the bakery’s only wholesale location.

Local baker serves up allergy-friendly treats

By Hannah Fitzpatrick March 4, 2020

A typical baker might shape their cupcake recipe around three major ingredients: sugar, flour and butter. But an ingredient in Racquel Riccardi’s, founder and owner of Sinfully Delicious Baking Co.,...

Lucy Garrison-Clauson, co-owner of Stick and Stone Farm, assists a customer at the winter farmers market’s new location in Triphammer Marketplace Jan. 18.

Ithaca Farmers Market moves to Triphammer Marketplace

By Maddy Martin January 22, 2020

Last summer at the Ithaca Farmers Market, a crowd poured out from a wooden pavilion beside Cayuga Inlet. The smell of fresh crepes, fried eggs, donuts, coffee and much more wafted through the air as shoppers...

Reconstruction of The Commons in downtown Ithaca began spring 2013 and was scheduled to finish on Nov. 21, but has been delayed until summer 2015. The delay has hurt some local businesses.

Commentary: Delayed construction hurts some local businesses

By Ken Jupiter October 28, 2014

On Oct. 1, a group of people with businesses on The Commons in Ithaca went to the Common Council to ask for some relief from the damage done to their businesses from the lengthy reconstruction of the pedestrian...

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