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Downtown Business Directory
Mother's Day Specials
Community Updates
Property of the Week
Downtown Events
Deal Alerts
Social Media Spotlight

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amano kitchen and bar brings back its signature Sunday Brunch for Mother’s Day! Make your rersevations on OpenTable.
Cathy's Cookie Kitchen has crafted two different specials: A Mom's Minis Tray featuring three dozen assorted gourmet cookies, a half dozen cupcakes, four Buttercream Sugar Cookie hearts, and two Lemon Cream Cheese buttercream sugar cookie bars -- all made mini style -- for $45. A half dozen Lemon Cream Cheese Buttercream Sugar cookie bars are also available for $20. Click here to place your order(s) by Wednesday, May 5.
Cristo’s Cafe is serving Kunafeh Cup, a traditional Middle Eastern dessert made with shredded filo pastry, soaked in sweet, sugar-based syrup, and layered with cream. The cafe is also offering Ghraybeh (by the dozen), Hariseh and Baklava trays. Call 315-991-8803 or 315-516-0617 to order, preferably at least two to three days in advance.
Eleven Waters has created a special Mother's Day Brunch Menu, to be served Sunday from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm. Reservations are required, and can be booked by calling 315-554-3541. Click here to check out the menu.
The Everson Museum of Art is offering a Two for One specials on pins from the Gift Shop.
Glazed and Confused has curated a Mother's Day Mini Platter of Donuts, featuring flavors including Chocolate Dipped with Vanilla Chips, Cinnamon Sugar, Spring Carnival Colors, Lemon, and Strawberry. Click here to place your order(s) by Wednesday, May 5.
Give Mom the break she needs with a Massage from Hand In Health. Purchase a massage gift certificate online and get $10 OFF! Use discount code MOMSDAY at checkout. 
Mixed Methods has got you covered for Mother's Day gifts! The gift shop expanded its hours and added new inventory just in time for Mother's Day, with special gift packaging available. Online orders are still available for delivery on Friday if ordered by 12:00 pm Thursday, May 6. Click here to browse.
Peace, Love and Cupcakes is hosting a special one day pop-up event this Saturday, May 8 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm With vendors including Bees and Birds, Bead the Change, Sage and Santo, Wicked & Whimsy Customs, this could be the perfect destination for Mother's Day gifts.
Pie's The Limit is offering a limited edition Orange Blossom Honey Custard Pie for Mother's Day! Whole pies can be pre-ordered by May 7 by calling 315-720-0785 or by sending an email to The Orange Blosson Honey Custard Pie will also be available by the slice on Saturday, May 8 and Sunday, May 9.
The Sweet Praxis is offering a special Mother's Day menu featuring The Brunchy Box, a Bouquet of Cupcakes, a dozen French Macarons, or a Queen Bee Cake! All of these offerings are available for pre-order, and must be placed by Tuesday, May 4. Click here to place your orders. There will be an assortment of treats for anyone who misses the deadline avaialble at the counter.
Water Street Bagel Company encourages you to place your bagel orders early to ensure availability for your Mother's Day brunch. Ordering ahead is required for orders larger than a dozen by Thursday, May 6 by calling 315-802-6925 . For any catering orders including bagel platter, lox platter, etc, please email to place your order.
Best Sandwich Ever Contest

Do you have an idea for the next sandwich that could hold a starring role on Darwin's menu? Perhaps you created a masterpiece during quarantine that could be shared with the world. Darwin on Clinton wants to hear your ideas for its 7th annual Best Sandwich Ever Contest. Candidates should adhere to the following standards: Sandwiches must be easy to assemble, hold up well and travel well in a to-go order. Send an email to with your suggestions. Entries are due by Friday, May 28.

Good Ol' Pale Ale Collaboration

Talking Cursive Brewing Company and the Erie Canal Museum have partnered to create a new beer as part of the "Erie Eats: The Erie Canal Foodways" project. Good Ol' Pale Ale is inspired by what its creators imagine would have been brewed as an American India Pale Ale in the days when the Erie Canal ran along what is now Erie Boulevard. Talking Cursive is located on the former site of Greenways Brewery. The new brew was released two weeks ago, and is available at Talking Cursive. $1 from every draft and each 4-pack sold will be donated to the Erie Canal Museum. The Erie Eats project highlights the ways that the Erie Canal radically impacted the ways that people in New York State interacted with food.
Just a Few Days Left to Apply for $500 in Paid Marketing Services

There's just a few days left for businesses to apply to win $500 in paid marketing services provided by the Downtown Syracuse Foundation. Any business located in Downtown Syracuse is eligible. They must partner with at least one other business (located in the City of Syracuse) to host an event or special promotion. Each business collaboration is eligible to win $500 in paid marketing services. Additionally, CNY Latino will offer a 40% discount on ads (placed within its publication) that are tied to this promotion, helping to better connect our LatinX community with area businesses.

Examples of eligible activities are provided here, in the link to the program overview. Fill out this program application and submit it to Laurie Reed, Marketing Director of the Downtown Committee (, by this Thursday, May 6.
Order a Flag to Show You're Open for Business!

Every street-level Downtown Syracuse business that wants a "Downtown is Open" flag may order one, at no cost to the business. The flags will be installed this month, and will be customized with the logo of the business that ordered them. Flags are available in five different colors. Interested businesses should reach out to Heather Schroeder, Director of the Downtown Committee's Economic Development program by phone (315-470-1958) or via email (
Pat Scutari
(315) 426-2624

Class A Office:
  • Two-story space available: 12,000 – 17,000 SF
  • Rent: $17.50/SF/Year

Merchants Commons
220 S. Warren Street (map)
Two-Story Office Filled with Class and Glass!
Floor-to-ceiling glass creates one-of-a-kind Class A office space in Downtown Syracuse! Now available for lease, the 12,000 - 17,000 SF corner location at Merchants Commons overlooks urban green space at M. Lemp Park. From the entrance on S. Warren St, the street-level reception area extends upstairs to a generous open-plan second floor. This office opportunity includes prominent signage, executive parking options, and a customized space plan. A rooftop deck with a grill area and outdoor fire pit, a fitness center, game room, bike station, and pet spa round out the building amenities accessible to office tenants.

Visit the Do Business sections of the Downtown Committee's website to find more information about the Merchants Commons and other properties available for lease in Downtown Syracuse.
The Center of It All:
Baseball along the Erie Canal (Virtual)
via Onondaga Historical Association (OHA) and Erie Canal Museum
Tuesday, May 4, 12:30 pm

In honor of opening day for the Syracuse Mets, Erie Canal Museum Educator and Interim Curator Derrick Pratt will shed light on how the Erie Canal played a part in the earliest days of professional baseball. You'll hear about some of the game's biggest stars and others long forgotten.

Cost: $15
Tech and Culture Speaker Series:
Malcolm Egun (Virtual)
via CenterState CEO & Generation Next
Wednesday, May 5, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Malcolm Egun, Founder & CEO of FROGSHOP, will be the featured guest in the next installment of the Generation Next and CenterState CEO Tech and Culture Series. FROGSHOP is a digital partner for gyms worldwide. Egun is passionate about providing technological resources and improving health and wellness of people. Egun started his career in the sales industry, working as a sales executive for a Wall Street firm, and most recently an account executive for a tech startup in New York City. The event, which aims to promote diversity, inclusion and belonging in tech-related fields, is free to attend. Preregistration is required to attend.

Cost: Free to watch
Beyond Donations: How Your Business Can Support Local Nonprofits (Virtual)
via CenterState CEO
Thursday, May 6, 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Throughout the pandemic, non-profit organizations have continued to deliver crucial necessary services for the community, while facing big challenges. Learn how you can help local non-profit organizations beyond monetary donations, in the words of those who are leading the charge. Attendees will hear from non-profit leaders as well as from four past CenterState CEO's Community Involvement Business of the Year awardees.

Cost: Free for members | $10 for non-members
Good Ol' Pale Ale Fundraiser
at Talking Cursive Brewing Company (map)
Thursday, May 6, 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Come sample the new beer that Talking Cursive Brewing Company brewed with the Erie Canal in mind. This Thursday, you're invited to order Good Ol' Pale Ale, made to taste like what brewers imagine would have been sipped back in the days of the Erie Canal. Introduced on April 21, $1 from every draft and four-pack sold will be donated to support the Erie Canal Museum. During this Thursday's fundraiser, each draft and four-pack sold will generate $2 to benefit the museum.

Cost: Varies
Salt + Pepper: Course Three (Virtual)
via Salt City Market & The Everson Museum of Art
Thursday, May 6, 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Course Three of the Everson Museum of Art and Salt City Market's "Salt + Pepper" series features artist Vanessa Johnson and chef Sleyrow Mason.

Johnson is a storyteller, who uses performances, one woman shows, quilts, short stories, her storytelling band and more, to share stories about social justice.

Mason owns and operates SOULutions at the Salt City Market. An industry veteran, he has honed his skills as a certified grillmaster, kitchen manager and sous chef, specializing in southern cuisine. Preregistration is required to attend.

Cost: Free
Applying for Restaurant Revitalization Fund (Virtual)
via CenterState CEO and the U.S. SBA
Friday, May 7, 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Join CenterState CEO and the U.S. Small Business Administration to learn details about the new Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF), and how to apply. The American Rescue Plan Act had established the RRF to provide emergency assistance for eligible restaurants, bars, and other qualifying businesses impacted by the pandemic. The RRF will provide eligible applicants with funding equal to the pandemic-related losses up to $10 million per business, and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used no later than March 11, 2023. The SBA will prioritize reviewing applications from small businesses owned by women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.

Cost: Free for members | $10 for non-members
The Downtown Writers Center - Author Readings - Poet Pablo Medina (Virtual)
via the YMCA of Central New York
Friday, May 7, 7:00 pm

Poet Pablo Medina is the next featured author in the Downtown Writers Center series. Pablo has written 19 books and is also well known for his critically acclaimed translations including Garcia Lorca's Poet in New York and Alejo Carpentier's The Kingdom of This World. Medina's work has appeared in many languages, magazines, and newspapers around the world. He has received many awards for his work, including fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. The Zoom lobby will open at 6:50 pm.

Cost: Free
The Best of Symphoria Pops (Virtual)
via Symphoria
Saturday, May 8, 7:30 pm
Principal Pops Conductor Sean O’Loughlin leads Symphoria through highlights from recent seasons of Symphoria Pops. Listeners will enjoy orchestral showpieces from musicals and movies, a salute to the Big Apple, West Side Story Overture, as well as selections from Forrest Gump and Star Wars. The concert is expected to run about 75-minutes.

Cost: $20 Individual | $35 Family
Wine and Whiskey Wednesday + Friday Vibes
Epicuse Tasting Room & Cheese Bar (map)
Wednesday, May 5, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday, May 7, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wine & Whiskey Wednesdays present a perfect opportunity for a mid-week boost. Meet up with friends, enjoy a grown-up beverage, cheesy eats, and listen to live music!

Then start your weekend with live music, alcohol or non-alcoholic beverages, and a bite from the Cheese Bar menu during Friday Vibes. Make it your first stop before dinner, or let that cheeseboard be your dinner.

Cost: Varies
Trivia Night
Trivia is back at many of your favorite restaurants and bars in Downtown Syracuse!
Al's Wine and Whiskey (map)
Mondays at 8:00 pm
Come early and grab a drink and a seat.
Maxwells (map)
Thursdays at 7:00 pm
Come early and enjoy Happy Hour specials starting at 4:00 pm.
Shaughnessy's Irish Pub (map)
Thursdays at 7:00 pm
Deal Alert: Half Priced Drafts!
The Hops Spot (map)
Thursdays at 7:30 pm
Deal Alert: Enjoy a Burger & Brew for $10!
Syracuse Crunch vs. Utica Comets
Saturday, May 8, 7:00 pm

The Syracuse Crunch takes on the Utica Comets at the Upstate Medical University Arena at The Oncenter War Memorial. The puck drops at 7:00 pm. Watch the action on ice on the CW6!

Cost: Free to watch
City Market Returns to Everson Plaza
at the Everson Museum of Art Plaza (map)
Sunday, May 9, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

This Sunday, City Market returns to the Everson Plaza. Every second Sunday of the month from May through October, rain or shine, City Market features ceramics, vintage clothing, furniture, home decor, handmade crafts, antiques, and much more. Plus, visitors are encouraged to visit the Everson Museum of Art for "Pay What You Wish" admission.

Cost: Free
OHA Medal Award Presentation (Virtual)
via Onondaga Historical Association
Monday, May 10 at 10:00 am

The Onondaga Historical Association (OHA) Medal Award presentation will recognize Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper of the Onondaga Nation, The Dunbar Association, Stickley Audi & Co next week. Links to watch the ceremony will be sent to attendees. The OHA Medal is the highest honor that the organization can bestow upon an individual for contributions made to preserving and interpreting our heritage.

Cost: $25
Open Figure Drawing Outdoors
Everson Museum of Art (map)
Thursday, May 20, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
June 17, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Have you been looking for an opportunity to spread your artistic wings? The Everson Museum of Art is hosting a free figure drawing evening outside, underneath its overhang later this month. A limited supply of easels, drawing boards, and stools are available for use on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring your favorite drawing materials to study a clothed model, outdoor space and iconic architecture of the Everson. While the event is free, pre-registration is required. In the event of bad weather, attendees will be notified by 4:00 pm on the day of the event.

Cost: Free
Shop Small Sunday
at the Salt City Market (map)
Sunday, May 23, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wildflowers Armory, Salt City Market, Antique Underground, and Black Artist Collective are partnering to host more than 40 crafters, creatives, and antique vendors for Shop Small Sunday later this month. Pop-up tents will set up in the parking lot behind the Salt City Market.

Cost: Varies
Brewer's Dinner
Talking Cursive Brewing Co. (map)
Sunday, June 6, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Talking Cursive had such a good time at its first Brewer's Dinner to celebrate its anniversary that the brewery is offering another opportunity to enjoy creative food and beer pairings. More details are coming soon - Follow the brewery's Instagram page to be in the know.
Downtown Farmers Market
Clinton Square (map)
Tuesdays, June 8 - October 12

The countdown is on for the return of the Downtown Farmers Market to Clinton Square. Starting June 8, every Tuesday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, Clinton Square will be the place to find fresh produce, flowers, and more!
Metro Fitness Downtown is offering an introductory personal training special: Get three personal training sessions for $90! Trainers want to help you meet your fitness, health and wellness goals!
Syracuse Cooperative Market is offering 10% off a one time purchase for members at the new Downtown location!
The Everson Museum of Art is offering free admission through May 31 with proof of vaccination! Enjoy exhibits including the new Who What When Where series featuring more than 50 internationally known artists.
Happy Anniversary, Floral Essence! 

Floral Essence, located at 401 S. Salina Street (map), turns nine years old this Wednesday, May 5. Centrally located on Downtown’s Main Street, the shop specializes in creating arrangements to help you celebrate the special occasions in your life. Floral Essence’s arrangements also enhance any table settings. Call today (315-708-556) to place your Mother’s Day order! Visit the shop’s Facebook page to see examples of its artistry. 
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