Shopping in Ithaca is as diverse as the people who live here. From clothing boutiques with a local flair to foodie shops full of handmade delights, shopping here is as varied as it gets. Stroll through the quirky shops while taking in the historical Downtown Ithaca Commons architecture. Ithaca is the best place to do some window-shopping on a nice summer day or holiday shopping during the winter.
Points of Interest
Handwork, Ithaca’s Artisan Cooperative was started in 1976 by 12 local craftspeople. Working together they could afford the cost and time of opening a retail shop to sell their work. A true cooperative, Handwork is owned and staffed by its members. Handwork also carries a selection of work from other craftspeople from across the country and continues to strengthen the focus on crafts that are made in New York and surrounding states. Handwork now has 45 member artisans doing a range of work including pottery, woodworking, glass, jewelry, fiber arts, wearable arts, leather, dried florals, paper, fine art and photography.
15 Steps has "wonderful things you won't find anywhere else in Ithaca." Exquisite gifts include fine jewelry, Skagen Watches, and American Crafts. Candles, homemade soaps, scarves, and greeting cards make 15 Steps a favorite shop to stop in for a beautiful browse or special gift.
Located at the corner of Cayuga and Seneca Streets just off the Downtown Commons, the Dewitt Mall is the former Ithaca High School building and is filled with unique specialty shops, cafes, and galleries, and is home to the legendary Moosewood Restaurant, famous for its vegetarian menu and its bestselling cookbooks.