One of the most popular places to visit in Ithaca, New York is what is known as the Ithaca Commons. At one point, the Commons was a normal Ithaca street that passed through some local businesses; however, now that road has been blocked off and a mini-community has developed. Currently, the Commons is a great place to meet friends, shop, or dine at wonderful restaurants. Plenty of trees, benches, and other scenery has been added to the area to make it more inviting.
The Commons is home to many unique locally owned businesses. There are few art galleries located on the Commons. Two of the most known galleries in the area is the Susan Titus Gallery and the See Spot Gallery. The Susan Titus Gallery has beautiful watercolors, antiques, and jewelry from all around the world.
If you are interested in shopping on one of the amazing shops located on the Commons, you will need money and the only bank located on the Ithaca Commons is that of Bank of America. There are a few book stores in the area. Ithaca Books carries new, used, and discontinued books of all varieties. The Autumn Leaves Used Book store carries thousands of used books and records and even has an onsite cafÃ?Â© to make your experience more pleasurable. For children’s books, toys, and music visit Alphabet Soup which carries some name brand and hard to find learning toys for children of all ages.
If clothing is what you are looking for then the shops on the Commons will serve you well. Benjamin Peters is an upscale men’s clothing store that traditionally caries suits, shoes, and sportswear items. Evolution 102 is a great clothing store for men or women looking for trendy nightlife clothing. Loose Threads carries new and used vintage clothing. Trader K’s is a popular clothing store that sells used name brand clothing for all ages. Trader K’s will also buy your used clothing provided it is a name brand and in great condition.
For gifts and other specialty items, visit one of these great stores. The Plantation is basically a gift store that offers a wide variety of items; for example, candles, flowers, balloons, and much more. The Tibet Store has beautiful international gifts from the far east. Ithaca Hemp Company features items for sale that are produced from hemp and other earth friendly items. The T-Shirt Expressions store offers great souvenirs from Ithaca College and Cornell University (local colleges). This store also sells the famous “Ithaca is gorges!” shirts.
In addition to the above mentioned stores, the Ithaca Commons offers a variety of shopping combined with amazing food. Many of the stores have large window fronts allowing you to browse before entering. There are tons of clothing, gift, and book stores. The Commons also has a UPS Store, one hour photo lab, and a hair solon.
If you happen to visit the Ithaca Commons during the summertime, inquire about the Summer Concert Series which has concerts located on the Commons and is free to the public. Whether you live in Ithaca or are just visiting, the Commons is an amazing, worldly, and trendy place to shop, eat, and meet new people.