Music, art, and food to celebrate two years at downtown’s Sunny Days

Something to celebrate! The smiling optimistic couple who opened a locally owned, locally focused shop on a Downtown Ithaca corner are celebrating two years in business with a party on April 1.

Sunny Days, on the corner of Cayuga and Green Streets in Downtown Ithaca.

Sunny Days, on the corner of Cayuga and Green Streets in Downtown Ithaca.

Owner Deirdre Kurzweil says they had a challenging start to that two years, making the milestone especially worth celebrating. “Our business plan was built around the original anticipated April 2014 finish date for the Ithaca Commons construction project,” she says. “We thought we would be opening along with the brand new pedestrian mall, and instead we opened right when people were getting frustrated with the delays.”

She and husband Todd have kept making the store worth visiting, though, with a constantly changing array of local souvenirs, useful handmade winterwear, t-shirts, books, calendars, artwork, specialty foods, local sodas, and more, not to mention their sunny dispositions. “Every day, we get to see the smiles on people’s faces as they make declarations like, ‘This is so Ithaca!’ This reaction was exactly our goal, among others,” Deirdre says. They have regular free music performances, and make a point of being open late when there’s a show around the corner at the State Theatre.

Friday’s anniversary party, from 5-8pm at the downtown shop, will feature tastings of several of their local food items, freshly brewed locally roasted Copper Horse Coffee, live music from Austin MacRae and the Mockingbeards, and the opening of an art show featuring local photographer Joe Scaglione III.

“We are so appreciative of everyone who has rallied around us,” Deirdre says. “The City, the Downtown Ithaca Alliance, our business neighbors, and of course our customers!”

This’ll be just one of many events that make up Downtown Ithaca’s First Friday Gallery Night, held every month at small galleries and shops all around downtown. Nearby art events this month include Buffalo Street Books, Crow’s Nest Cafe, Waffle Frolic, Collegetown Bagels, SewGreen, Cellar D’Or, CSMA, the Ink Shop, and the CAP ArtSpace, among others.

Sunny Days is always open at least 10am-8pm every day, just off the Commons at the corner of Cayuga and Green Streets in Downtown Ithaca, next to City Hall and across from the Tompkins County Public Library.

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