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Eight Downtown Businesses Awarded Emergency Relief Grants
Eight Downtown Syracuse businesses received emergency relief grants from the Syracuse Economic Development Corporation (SEDCO), made possible through federal CARES Act funding:

  • Casa Mia Pizzeria & Fish Fry
  • Cathy's Cookie Kitchen
  • Clinton Street Pub
  • The Evergreen
  • Gypsy Freedom
  • Miss Prissy's (located at the Salt City Market)
  • The Hops Spot
  • Salt City Coffee (located at the Salt City Market)

Stay tuned... The Downtown Syracuse Foundation was one of four neighborhood business organizations that received funding as well. This will help with marketing and promotion activities to attract customers!

Welcome Razzle Dazzle to Armory Square!

Razzle Dazzle, Our Vegan Corner is opening this Friday, March 5 at 12:00 pm in Armory Square. Razzle Dazzle, located at 140 Walton Street (map), will serve Vegan-friendly Soul food and Mexican food. The hours will be 11:00 am -to 6:00 pm Monday through Thursday; 11:00 am to 9:00 pm on Friday; and 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm Saturday.

Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant Opening at Creekwalk Commons

A new restaurant is coming to Creekwalk Commons later this month! Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant is planning to open at the corner of West Water and South Franklin streets, joining Talking Cursive Brewing Co and the 75 luxury apartments at the property, managed by Sutton Real Estate.
Games Return to Three Lives
This Friday, the indoor arcade games at Three Lives Bar will be available and open for play. There are standalone arcade games, as well as modern game systems including Xbox and Playstations. In order to stay safe and healthy, it's recommended that players:
  • Wash/Sanitize hands frequently
  • Clean machine(s) after use
  • Wear masks when not actively eating or drinking
Virtual Spring Progress Breakfast:
Tickets on Sale Now
The Good Morning Downtown Syracuse Progress Breakfast Series is going virtual! Tickets are now on sale. Join the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc. and Mower on Thursday, April 1, and (re)connect with Downtown Syracuse colleagues and friends.

Celebrate the forward-thinking that has driven momentum even as we were on "pause," through three exciting presentations - each exploring a different facet of the ways that our community continues to connect:

First, Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon will take attendees behind the scenes, sharing his perspective about what's happening on the front lines and what it's like to lead during a pandemic.

Then, Michael Sgro, of Michael Sgro Leadership Coaching, will share insight on human behavior and provide strategies to help with remote and hybrid work as we explore company culture and the way it's changed.

Finally, attendees will get to sample the flavors of the Salt City Market through a virtual tour and personal story, provided by Maarten Jacobs, Director of Community Prosperity at the Allyn Family Foundation. Attendees will also get to meet one of the star entrepreneurs! Plus, as a special incentive, all attendees will receive $10 in Market Bucks to be used at the Salt City Market.

Kasai has brought back its Smokehouse Ramen for a limited time only! This includes brisket burnt ends, General Tso glazed pork belly, & fried onions. The Smokehouse Ramen is available until sold out.
Sweet on Chocolate has added two additional vegan offerings to its repertoire: Mint and Raspberry truffles. These delightful treats join the Extra Dark Chocolate truffles to create a vegan trifecta.
Hand in Health Massage Therapy, located at State Tower, is accepting new patients! Let the team of experienced massage therapists exceed your expectations. Hand in Health is open seven days a week. Visit this website to book online.
Specifications & Information:
For more information about the property, please contact Trey West at Acropolis Realty Group by email, or by phone (585-406-4833).

Retail Space: 12,000 SF and 3,000 SF available
Asking Rent: $20/SF/Year

Washington Place: Retail Space & Apartments Available Now!
A once-vacant property in Downtown Syracuse is now a hub of activity, following a $40 million renovation. Washington Place offers 214 residential units (ranging from 544 - 2,000 square feet) with amenities ranging from private balconies to an indoor pool and steam room, fitness center, and community room.

On the ground floor, two commercial spaces provide prime retail and/or restaurant opportunities. Along State Street, 12,000 SF of window-lined space features ample natural light and access to wide patios for outdoor seating. Across from City Hall, a 3,000 SF corner space includes great views into historic Hanover Square.

Tour Syracuse Co-Op at Salt City Market
Tuesday, March 2, 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Join Syracuse Cooperative Market on Facebook Live to take a virtual tour of its new Downtown Syracuse location, opening this spring at The Salt City Market. Check out the new space, and ask any questions in live time.

Cost: Free
Wine Down Wednesday
At The Tasting Room at Epicuse
Wednesday, March 3: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Enjoy wine specials and selections from the Cheese Bar menu at The Tasting Room at Epicuse every Wednesday. Enjoy live music by Rick Taylor from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

PS: Come back for Friday Vibes, featuring live music with Mark Nanni, from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm.
Introducing Syracuse Surge
Thursday, March 4, 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Join CenterState CEO to learn more about a series of investments in tech infrastructure that will position Syracuse as a smart city, as part of the Syracuse Surge initiative. Geared toward businesses in machining, technology, and light manufacturing, topics will explore why your company should get involved, how to find the right people for your Surge-related job openings, and how the Tech Garden can help.

Cost: Free
Salt & Pepper Series
Thursday, March 4, 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

The Salt City Market and the Everson Museum of Art are partnering to present a new art and food video series focused on conversations between artists and chefs about the culture, history, and technique behind their creations. The first session features Sharif Bey, an artist whose profile has risen throughout the pandemic, and Sara Tong-Ngork, creator of Firecracker Thai Kitchen.

Cost: Free, Pre-registration required
A Raisin in the Sun
Friday, March 5, 8:00 pm

The Red House continues its virtual reading series this week with A Raisin in the Sun. Lorraine Hansberry's story is set on the southside of Chicago in the early 1950s, centered around a multigenerational home.

Cost: Free, Pre-registration required
Everson Museum Sunday Funday: Monet Inspired Water Lily Crafts
Sunday, March 7, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Learn how to make Water Lily pieces, inspired by the artist Monet, as part of a guided art-making activity through the Everson Museum of Art's Sunday Funday. Kits are available for pick up at the museum each week. These live sessions provide instruction and inspiration for creating a work of art with your kids!

Cost: $12 for members | $15 for non-members; pre-registration required

Skates in the City
10:00 am - 8:30 pm Daily
Update: Now First Come, First-Served!

There is still time to enjoy the beauty of the Clinton Square ice rink before spring, and starting tomorrow (March 2), you don't need to make reservations online! Patrons will be admitted to the rink on a first-come, first-served basis, due to the unpredictable weather conditions this time of year as it gets warmer and the ice melts. Skaters will be allowed 90-minutes of time on the ice, per paid admission. Please bring credit and debit cards - no cash sales will be permitted. You may lace up your own skates, or rent them. Ice rink capacity is 50 skaters at a time.

Cost: $5/Adult; $3/Junior (12 and under); $3/Seniors (55+); $5 Skate Rental | Credit/Debit Only | To check on current ice conditions, please call 315-423-0129
International Women's Day: #ChooseToChallenge
Monday, March 8
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

To celebrate International Women's Day, the WISE Women's Business Center is hosting a 90-minute virtual event. Hear from successful professionals, founders, and small business owners about challenges they have experienced in their pursuit of personal and professional success, equality, and inclusiveness.

Cost: Free, Pre-register by 3/8
Emotional Intelligence Breakfast Series
Starts Wednesday, March 10
7:30 am - 8:30 am

Michael Sgro Leadership Coaching is hosting a four-part Emotional Intelligence Breakfast Series via Zoom. The series explores the four components of emotional intelligence, and offers techniques to improve upon each element.

Cost: Free, Pre-registration required by 3/8
Cheeseboarding with a Cheesemonger
Thursday, March 11
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Tasting Room at Epicuse is hosting a cheeseboard making class, where attendees will learn the art behind crafting a cheeseboard, while snacking on cheese pairings and sipping wine. Three cheeses, accountments to build the board, three wines and a sweet dessert to finish are included.

Cost: $45
Symphoria Pops Series:
A Salute To Broadway
Saturday, March 13, 7:30 pm

Symphoria is hosting a tribute to Broadway featuring music from the Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, Phantom of the Opera, Hamilton, and many more! Don't miss out on an entertaining opportunity to return (virtually) to the theater.

Cost: $20 Individual Tickets |
$35 Family Tickets
The Beauty in Returning Home: A Discussion with Jaleel Campbell
Sunday, March 14, 2:00 pm

Jaleel Campbell's first-ever solo exhibition at the Everson Museum of Art debuts next week. The local artist will host a discussion about the works which explore his family history with the intent to empower and inspire.

Cost: Free, Pre-registration required
CNY Cares' Mission to Help Small Businesses
Tuesday, March 23
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join CNY Cares and founding board members (including Eric Devendorf) as they share the organization's mission and campaign to help small businesses.

Cost: Free, Pre-registration required
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The MOST Horse Gets a "Fresh" Facelift

Have you missed the blue and white horse outside of The Museum of Science and Technology (The MOST) and wondered where it went? The horse is back, and with an “atomic” makeover, courtesy of Tommy Lincoln of Stay Fresh Designs. The horse now boasts colorful, steel rings to resemble a 3-D atom, upgraded to help highlight themes presented in The MOST’s STEAM education programming. Look for the horse at the front doors of the museum this spring! 

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