Shop Downtown! Chamber of Commerce hosting networking event at Center Ithaca

September 24, 2014 by Mark H. Anbinder

The Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce, which holds regular networking events for its members, is inviting the community to join them this Thursday. They're throwing a "Commons Cash Mob" to bring area residents downtown to shop and dine.

Scheduled from 5-7:30pm on Thursday, September 25th, the Commons Cash Mob -- a play on the "flash mob" concept that brings people together for brief events -- will feature a networking event with hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar in Center Ithaca.

Delays have plagued the Commons reconstruction project. 14850 file photo.Delays have plagued the Commons reconstruction project. 14850 file photo.Businesses on and around the Commons, the pedestrial plaza at the center of Downtown Ithaca, have suffered from an extended period of construction, as well as this June's disastrous accident that closed Simeon's. 

"One thing we know for certain," says Chamber of Commerce membership director Kevin Morrin, "is that many who have historically supported the Commons for lunch or casual shopping have been avoiding the Commons; visitors to the area who typically would have patronized the local attraction are less likely to do so; students and their families are less likely to visit a construction site than a 'clean, tidy' business location."

The Chamber of Commerce has worked with the Downtown Ithaca Alliance and other partners to keep the Commons as attractive as possible, and Thursday's event is one such effort. "Retail and restaurant businesses thrive on constant cash flow," says Morrin. "Your dollars spent, however few, could make a huge difference for some of these small businesses."

The admission price for the networking event at Center Ithaca on Thursday evening is a receipt from any downtown restaurant or shop showing a purchase of $15 or more, dated September 25th. Attendees will also be entered to win one of ten Downtown Ithaca shopping spree prizes.

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