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Skaneateles Christmas at Skaneateles Suites

…that during the 1950’s and 1960’s, Syracuse’s downtown area was a booming retail hub and the holidays were no exception!  Holiday shoppers would venture downtown to enjoy festive decorations and partake in activities such as riding the monorail in E.W. Edwards’ toy department & visiting with Santa at Dey Brothers Department store.  Besides Edwards & Dey’s, visitors shopped at Three Sisters, McCrory’s, Witherall’s, the Addis Company, Flah & Co.  and so many more!  There was always time to stop for a brownie a la mode in Dey’s basement restaurant – the Erie Room.  The holiday season begins downtown with the opening of the Art Mart, located in the City Hall Commons on E. Washington Street.
Please find this week’s edition of the Friday Facts here.
For details on any of these events or others in our area,
take a look at our website www.VisitSyracuse.org.

Posted: Friday, November 8th, 2013 @ 9:24 am by Curt
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Fun Fact about the Syracuse area …. did you know …..

… that downtown Syracuse continued to grow as the center of the city, which by the pre-World War II days, had a population of more than 210,000 within the city limits. Besides a number of prominent local department stores, the downtown area offered fine entertainment through such theaters as the Bastable, the Wieting Opera House and later the movie palaces such as the Loew’s, Keith’s Paramount, and the Strand. There were great restaurants including the original Schrafft’s, and hotels such as the Empire and the Yates were joined in 1922 by the Hotel Syracuse.

Attached, please find this week’s edition of the Friday Facts. For details on any of these events or others down the road, take a gander at our website at www.VisitSyracuse.org.

Check out our FINE ON-LINE STORE (http://store.visitsyracuse.org/home.php?cat=249) featuring great Syracuse items such as T’s, hoodies, fleece items, tote bag & more! If you’re looking for Syracuse items, we got ‘em right on the website (items available for purchase on-line only). Check it out TODAY!!!

Look-it … it’s right here at www.VisitSyracuse.org!

Posted: Friday, November 12th, 2010 @ 3:20 pm by Curt
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Get Booked at Downtown Books & Coffee!

After many years of wanting, Downtown Auburn can finally boast it offers an independently owned bookstore! The store is located at 66 Genesee Street, next to Fabric Fair Upholstery, a few doors east of the corner of South Street.

Stacked on hand-built, custom-made shelving and display units, shoppers will see a great selection of new books, with everything from best-selling authors, a children’s section, local history section, to the work of resident authors. Owner John Colvin certainly aims to please his customers, and is very open to suggestions from the community on what the store should stock. They can also special order books as well.

Friendly and knowledgeable staff members Chris Emerson and Caroline Cregg worked with Colvin, past manager at Walden Books, for many years. After the store closed at Fingerlakes Mall, the crew pulled their skills together to head off on their own and create what the community would of sorely missed- not having a full-service bookstore.

Additional store staff is comprised of Colvin’s family members, including his father, who helped financially back the enterprise, and his mother who designed the store’s interior space equipped with a couch and comfy chairs to relax in. His sister, who is interested in working with the public, is organizing a book club and children’s clubs and activities.

Other events include book signings by local authors, like the latest edition of “Now We’re Talking: the Story of Ted Case and Sound-On-Film.” Authors Antonia K. Colella and Luke were featured at the bookstore’s grand opening on June 19th.

Keeping with the independent and local theme, the bookstore’s coffee bar offers a wide variety of locally roasted, high-quality coffee from Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters. The selection adapts to the season, and now includes flavored and frozen coffee drinks for summer.

What’s better than coffee and a baked good? A Mema’s Deli & Sweet Shoppe cookie in the shape of a bookmark! These were featured at the store’s grand opening, showing another supportive collaboration with independent entrepreneurs, whose businesses help make Auburn unique and special.

Colvin has already enjoyed an outpouring of support from the Downtown Auburn BID, the City, and many of the businesses downtown. Downtown Books & Coffee is a great compliment to long-standing downtown business Meyer’s Bookbinding Co. specializing in book restoration, hard-cover book bindings and much more.

Downtown Books & Coffee’s hours are Monday – Saturday 8:30AM – 7:30PM, and Sunday Noon – 4PM. Stay tuned, a website and WiFi internet service are in the works, and will be available very soon. For further information, visit their Facebook page.

The store’s number is (315) 515-3411 and e-mail: downtownbooksandcoffee@gmail.com. Please do your part to support this new independent business!

Posted: Thursday, July 1st, 2010 @ 10:34 am by Curt
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Auburn Beautification Commission & Downtown Auburn BID Upcoming Projects

Local organizations and individuals dedicated to making the City look better are gearing up for the summer season. According to the chairman of the Auburn Beautification Commission, this season will see some of the biggest projects yet, since their beginnings three years ago.

Commission chair Jim Kent told members at a City Council meeting about the Commission’s plans for this year, which include multiple public art projects and the rehabilitation of a small city park.

“I think we’ve made tremendous progress,” Kent said of the organization, which was founded as a city entity in 2007 before branching off as an independent not-for-profit.

The Commission sponsored a sculpture contest over the winter, and Kent said they received four proposals. The winning sculpture, created by Audrey Iwanicki, will be assembled during Founders Day, June 12th at the Exchange Street Mall, where it will remain for the public to view. (more…)

Posted: Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010 @ 2:36 pm by Curt
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auburn_ny_downtown   Auburn Downtown BID’s Annual Holiday Parade & Family Fun Day
Free Family activities (3:30 -5:30): Horse drawn wagon rides, ornament making and dress the tree at Genesee Mall, Child ID Program, Free Homemade cookies by Girl Scout Troop 1125, Free Chili Tasting at Daut’s, Music by Bob Lyna and St. Mary’s Church Choir. Food vending by Swaby’s and the Red Cross, Raffles.
Parade begins at 6:00 pm at the corner of East Genesee and Fulton Streets. Syracuse Highland Pipe Band and lots of floats. Arrival of Santa, Lighting of Tree, Bonfire, music by the Auburn Civic Band.
Visit with Santa at the Genesee Mall, bring your camera. Come join the fun.
Date:   November 29, 2008
Time:   03:30 PM – 07:45 PM
Location:   Events take place at the Genesee Mall, Downtown Auburn
Parade begins on East Genesee St. Hill
Contact:   Connie or Dan at Downtown Auburn Business Improvement District
Email:   ctallcot@auburndowntown.org
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, November 29, 2008
Holiday event takes place 3:30 pm -7:45pm
Family Fun Activities 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Parade starts at 6:00 pm
Fees/Admission:   FREE

Posted: Tuesday, November 25th, 2008 @ 12:20 pm by Curt
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