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

Another year, another party! The smiling optimistic couple who opened a locally owned, locally focused shop on a Downtown Ithaca corner are celebrating three 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, “There are a lot of great things happening in Ithaca that day, but we hope you’ll make visiting us one of your stops! We’re having a party and we’d love to thank you all in person!”

She says they had a challenging start when they opened their store. “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.

Saturday’s day-long anniversary party, from 10am-10pm at the downtown shop, will feature tastings of several of their local food items like BjornQorn, Emmy’s Organics, Off the Cob Snacks, and Life’s So Sweet Chocolates, plus freshly brewed locally roasted Copper Horse Coffee, live music from Andrew Alling and Tina Navarro, and the opening of an art show featuring bird sculptures by local artist Carla DeMello.

“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!”

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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