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Marketing Grants Available to Downtown Businesses!

Two funding opportunities are currently available to help Downtown Syracuse businesses, made possible through a grant from the Syracuse Economic Development Corporation (SEDCO)!

Collaborative Marketing Program: Businesses located in Downtown Syracuse are invited to partner with other businesses located in the City of Syracuse to host an event or a promotion designed to drive visitors into Downtown Syracuse. Each business collaboration is eligible to win $500 in paid marketing services, provided by the Downtown Syracuse Foundation.

Independent Marketing Program: Downtown Syracuse businesses are invited to apply for funds to be used for marketing support and for the purchase of "open" signage and other materials to raise awareness of their business.

Applications are open on a rolling basis and must be submitted to Laurie Reed, Director of Marketing for the Downtown Committee at Please allow up to two weeks for application processing and decisions.
Last Call to Order "Downtown is Open" Flags

Attention Downtown Business Owners: There are just a couple of days left to order a "Downtown is Open" flag if you're interested! The flags are free! You also get the mounting bracket and professional installation free of charge. An example is provided above. The flags are customized with your business logo, and you get your choice of six flag colors! Interested businesses should reach out to the Downtown Committee by email at (

New Business Alert: Adopted Roots

Adopted Roots, a plant store specializing in common and rare indoor houseplants celebrated its grand opening Saturday! Located at 410 South Warren Street (map), Adopted Roots is open 11:00 am - 6:00 pm Thursday through Sunday.

PS: The Downtown Committee would also like to welcome back Pavone's Pizza and Pronto Fresh! After a brief, temporary closure, both places reopened Monday, August 30 (today)!

Heritage Park Procedural Update

With recommendations and design concepts from the Heritage Park Advisory Commission expected before the end of 2021, the mayor of Syracuse has announced the next steps that the city will take toward the creation of the future Heritage Park. Heritage Park is the working name for a project to reimagine the existing Columbus Circle and the area across Onondaga Street, known as the Powelson site. The process was designed to allow for maximum community input and allows for the completion of all administrative requirements before any final determination is made. The next steps after the Commission’s conclusion include a review by the Syracuse Public Arts Commission, City Planning Commission and Landmark Preservation Board. The six steps are as follows:
  1. Conclusion of Heritage Park Advisory Commission Process
  2. City Parks preparation of Heritage Park Plan
  3. Syracuse Public Arts Commission (SPAC) Review 
  4. City Planning Commission (CPC) Review
  5. Syracuse Landmark Preservation Board (LPB) SEQR Review and Vote 
  6. Final Administration Determination and Design

Congratulations, 40 under Forty Honorees!

Congratulations to the 2021 Biz Events and CNY Business Journal's 40 under Forty honorees for demonstrating exemplary leadership and consistently going above and beyond to drive positive change here in our community. Downtown recipients include Brain Potter of Dannible & McKee LLP, Calvin Corriders of CenterState CEO, Brendan Sheehan of Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC, Kaitlyn Hensler of Dannible & McKee LLP, Kavitha Janardhan of Bousquet Holstein PLLC, Briana Wright of Hancock Estabrook LLP, and Sarah Mastrangelo of Digital Hyve! Show your support and cheer them on by attending the virtual 40 under Forty celebration on November 4.

Off the Wall & Up Close Pilot Episode Filmed

If you've seen a film crew filming in Oh My Darling and Salt City Market or taking a meal break at Cafe Kubal or Original Grain last week, it may have been for the upcoming Off the Wall & Up Close arts and culture travel show coming soon to a streaming service near you! The Hey Alec Productions crew spent time in Downtown Syracuse filming for the pilot episode. The new show is intended to drive national attention to Syracuse's arts and culture scene and spotlight the local businesses. The long-term goal is to have a major network pick it up as they share Downtown Syracuse and Central New York with the rest of the world!

On My Own Time - Call for Artists!

What do you do on your own time, when you’re relaxing and not at work? If art is a hobby of yours, you might consider submitting a piece for the 2021 virtual edition of On My Own Time led by CNY Arts. Amateur artists are encouraged to submit photos of their artwork for the virtual exhibition! Suggested art mediums include original paintings, photography, sculpture, drawings, ceramics, metalwork, jewelry, mixed media pieces, and visual art for submission. The deadline to submit photos of your artwork is Friday, September 10.

The Downtown Living Tour is set for Saturday, September 25 and tickets are on sale now for $15. Every week leading up to the tour, we will be featuring a preview of a few of our tour stops in this newsletter. First, we are spotlighting the Firehouse #1 Condominiums and Washington Place. PS: If you’d like to take the tour for free, and have a couple of hours free on Saturday, September 25, our team could still use a few volunteers. The first shift is from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, and the second shift is from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Please reach out via email and let us know if you’re interested. 
Tour Stop: Firehouse #1 Condominiums
Address: 106 Montgomery Street (map)

With its soaring ceilings, sky-high windows, impressive renovation, private rooftop deck and sweeping views, Firehouse #1 Condominiums is a one-of-a-kind property, presenting a unique opportunity to live in the City of Syracuse’s first firehouse! Established in 1915, the building was one of several designed by James A. Randall, a Syracuse architect known for his civic buildings. Condominium #3 is for sale, currently on the market for $499,900. The space features two bedrooms, with the potential for a third in a loft space and two bathrooms. This section of the building was originally the gymnasium of the firehouse and features original, soundproof, hardwood floors. In addition, the unit includes private access to a rooftop deck and hot tub. A third seasonal bathroom is accessible from the rooftop deck, complete with a Whirlpool tub. 
Tour Stop: Washington Place
Address: 300 E. Washington Street (map)

Washington Place welcomed its first residents in January 2021. A total of 214 units offer something for everyone looking for the urban living experience. The upper floors are home to spacious, one-, two- and three-bedroom units with private balconies and stunning, panoramic views. The building descends into stories, and the second and third floors feature smaller studio apartments with access to large common areas designed with entrepreneurs and young professionals in mind. In addition, all residents have access to 20,000+ square feet of amenity space, including an indoor pool and sauna, steam room, locker rooms, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Attendees will check out the units on the second floor for the first time during the 2021 Downtown Living Tour. 
Looking for ideas on where to go, what to eat, and what to do in downtown Syracuse this summer? Thirteen "Live Like a Local" posters are displayed in kiosks throughout Downtown Syracuse and feature insider tips from Downtown's residents. Looking for ideas on where to go, what to eat and what to do around Downtown? Just ask one of the locals!

Every week, we've introduced you to the stars of our Live Like a Local campaign, and it's hard to believe we're at the last (but not least!) of the introductions. This week, meet Ethan! You can find him jumpstarting his day with a cup of coffee from Salt City Coffee & Bar before strolling through his favorite Downtown green space, M. Lemp Park, at the corner of South Warren and East Fayette Streets.

The #LiveLikeALocal poster campaign was funded through a grant from Tomorrow’s Neighborhoods Today.

The Downtown Farmers Market continues tomorrow in Clinton Square (map) featuring live demonstrations by the Food Bank of Central New York!

NYS COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Grant Program Webinar
via NYS ESD (Virtual)
Tomorrow, Tuesday, August 31, 11:00 am

Do you represent a small business with reduced business and income from the pandemic? The New York State COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program announced changes to expand program eligibility and is offering a webinar to cover current qualifications, the application process, and best practices to have an application processed smoothly and more. Eligible businesses will qualify for between $5,000 and $50,000 in grant funding to be used for COVID-19 related losses or expenses

Cost: Free
Women's Yoga: RISE
at The Salt City Market Community Room(map)
Tomorrow, Tuesday, August 31, 6:00 pm

The Salt City Market and Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowerment (RISE) have partnered to present a special women's yoga series for immigrants and refugees. The classes will be taught by Mamta Sharma, and offers opportunities to connect women of different backgrounds while providing a safe space for mental and physical wellness and healing. The classes are designed for those who are 18 years old and up.

Cost: Free
Farm Fresh Cooking Classes
at Salt City Market Teaching Kitchen (map)
Wednesday, September 1, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Beginning this Wednesday, Farm to Fork will host cooking classes at the Salt City Market, using all farm-fresh ingredients sourced through the Eden Fresh Network
Derek Preston will lead the first cooking class, showing attendees how to prepare ingredients from your garden and or Eden's CSA box, and discuss how the ingredients all work together to make a beautiful dish. The classes will be held every Wednesday this month.

Cost: $40
Locktender's Gardening Series: Invasive Plants
via The Erie Canal Museum (Virtual)
Saturday, September 4, 10:00 am

As the Erie Canal Museum's Locktender's Gardening Series continues, its next installment will highlight invasive plants. The lecture will dive deep into explaining what invasive plants are, what they look like, and how they can impact the overall environment. Master Gardener Doreen Todorov (from the Cornell Cooperative extension) will lead the important discussion to help keep the canal corridor safe from invasive plants.

Cost: Free | Suggested donation of $5-10
Pathway of Resistance Walking Tour
The Erie Canal Museum (map)
Saturday, September 4, 1:00 pm

The Erie Canal Museum's Pathway of Resistance Walking Tour continues this Saturday, stepping off from the Locktender's Garden. The program addresses the impact of systemic racism and slavery, and how both continue to affect society today. The walking tour continues on alternating Thursdays and Saturdays at 1:00 pm through October 16, starting from the corner of Montgomery Street and Erie Boulevard, just outside the Locktender's Garden at the Erie Canal Museum. Space is limited. Reserve a spot by calling (315) 471-0593 or send an email to

PS: Since the event continues into the fall, look for it in our reoccurring events list starting next week.

Cost: Free | Suggested donation of $10
Urban Video Project Summer Review 2021: Inflection Points
The Everson Plaza (map),
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, September 2, 3, 4:
Dusk - 11:00 pm

This is the last weekend to view the Urban Video Project by Light Work's Inflection series. Watch as Figure 8 by Steffani Jemison describes the camera's movement, as it moves around the body of the athlete Alexis Page, while she muses aloud on continuity and fluency of gesture. With their collaboration, Jemison and Page create a shared lexicon of movement.

Cost: Free
As weekly events continue to return to Downtown Syracuse, we thought it might be helpful to include the recurring events in a separate link to complement our newsletter. Our compilation includes food specials, trivia, live music, wellness opportunities and more! Is your event missing? Email our Communications team ( to make sure we include it.

Celebrate the last week of the 2021 New York State Fair season, with Fair-related specials from some Downtown Syracuse businesses!
Cathy's Cookie Kitchen (map) is offering two fair deals through this Friday:
  • Buy a half dozen cookies for $13, and get an additional half dozen for only $6!
  • Two scoop ice cream sundaes for $5
Miss Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (map) at The Fair? Get your fix with a fair-style sausage and pepper sandwich, featuring the new Hot Honey Gold sauce on top! It's available at the restaurant through Labor Day!
Razzle Dazzle, Our Vegan Corner
(map) is offering a free side of chips and salsa with any purchase of three tacos, three wraps, or three paninis!
Epicuse (map) is dishing up the Big Top Burger, topped with Sharp cheddar cheese, chicken tenders, onion frizzles, and hot pepper bacon jam!
Peace, Love, and Cupcakes (map) is whipping up a funnel cake cupcake and a cotton candy cupcake in honor of The Fair! Grab one while they last!
Shaughnessy's Irish Pub (map) is crafting its own version of Fair Food, with sausage, peppers and onions on a hoagie roll served with a side of fries. It's serving a pizza flatbread too.
Downtown restaurants Luna Loca and Oh My Darling have a physical presence at The Fairgrounds! If you visit, make sure you stop over and check out their specials and Fair-inspired drinks along the midway. 
The Sweet Praxis Bake Lab located inside the Dairy Building is ready to dish out freshly baked cookies, edible cookie dough cups and more to satisfy your sweet tooths!
Calling all Hybrid Entrepreneurs! (Virtual)
via The Upstate Minority Economic Alliance
Wednesday, September 8, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

The Upstate Minority Economic Alliance (UMEA) is hosting a networking event for 'Hybrid' Entrepreneurs' who may be pulling double duty to launch their business. Hybrid Entrepreneurs are defined as working traditional jobs to pay the bills, while spending their free time working on their business enterprise. Log-In to network with others, and share ideas about what turns a side hustle into a full-time job!

Cost: Free for Members | $30 Non-members
Whiskey & War Stories: Food & Spirit Pairing Dinner
at Epicuse Tasting Room (map)
Wednesday, September 8, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Epicuse Tasting Room is hosting Horse Soldier Bourbon for a special bourbon pairing four-course dinner. Horse Soldier Bourbon, a product of American Freedom Distillery, was founded by retired members of the U.S. Special Forces who led warfare operations on horseback in Afghanistan following the events of Sept. 11. Bob Pennington, a retired member of U.S. Special Forces, will share his stories from soldier to entrepreneur. Attendees will also receive a signed bottle of Horse Soldier Straight Bourbon for attending the Whiskey & War Stories Dinner.

Cost: $90 | You must be 21+ to attend
Everson Museum Annual Picnic
at The Everson Community Plaza (map)
Friday, September 17, 5:30 pm

The Everson Museum is gearing up for its annual picnic, where it will recognize the 2021 and 2020 Everson Award recipients! During the annual event, Second Line Syracuse will provide live music and entertainment. At the same time, donations will be collected to support a newly commissioned piece of artwork unveiled at the event. With your ticket to the picnic, you'll be among the first to preview a new exhibit at the Everson: AbStranded: Fiber and Abstraction in Contemporary Art. The new exhibit will open to the public on September 18, the day after the picnic.

Cost: $250
Everson Outdoors: Community Day
at The Everson Community Plaza (map)
Saturday, September 18, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Families are invited to celebrate Community Day at the Everson Museum with art-making activities and free admission! Family-friendly activities include Art Marking: The Anansi Tree House, Fiber Demonstrations, and a live concert featuring Prisms and Antiphons - v. 1.1 - AbStranded. Pre-registration is required to make sure there are enough materials for all to enjoy the activities.

Cost: Free
Ain't it Grand Fall Fundraiser
at The Redhouse Arts Center (map)
Saturday, September 18, 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join the Redhouse Arts Center for its first in-person event of the year, the Ain't it Grand Fall Fundraiser! The fundraiser is a chance to celebrate the past, present and future of The Redhouse Arts Center and the return of live theater performances. In addition, there will be cocktails, food, dancing and the world premiere original play by Temar Underwood, Dating Shakespeare.

Cost: $75 Single Ticket | $125 Couples Ticket
The Mountain Goat Run
Throughout Downtown Syracuse
Sunday, October 24

Registration is open for one of the most popular races in Syracuse. The Mountain Goat Run returns Sunday, October 24, with a 10-mile race route that includes parts of Downtown and the surrounding areas. This year, there are multiple ways to participate including the classic 10-mile race, a five-mile relay race, a virtual race, and a half-mile kids run! Free training runs start Sunday, October 3 at The Museum of Science and Technology, or The MOST (map).

Cost: Varies
Epicuse (map) is offering a special limited time offer for Syracuse students! Students and their families can receive a free cookie, 5% off purchases and free delivery on online orders of $25+.
Hand in Health Downtown (map) is offering a new patient special, $60 for a 60 minute massage and $90 for a 90 minute massage! Book an appointment online at
Cuse Chiro (map) and Hyperice Recovery Products are offering a special Labor Day Sale to bring wellness and healing into your home! Click here to take a look at the available products.
Citrus in the City

@FarmGirlJuicery snapped this beautiful picture of the Syracuse University Marching Band performing at Citrus in the City, an orientation event for new Syracuse University students, held in Clinton Square over the weekend. The event introduces the new students to the Downtown area and highlights what Downtown can offer to the students from the hill!
If you have a photo you'd like to share with us, please email it to, tag us on Facebook (@DowntownSyracuse),
or Instagram (@downtownsyracuse).