Two Downtown Ithaca businesses celebrating significant milestones

One World Market (left) and Scott Whitman Planning and Design (right)

One World Market honoring 20 years and Scott Whitham Planning Design celebrates 10 years in the community

A pair of downtown businesses have reached significant business milestones this year.

One World Market (OWM) is celebrating 20 years of business, and Scott Whitham Planning and Design has been part of the community for a decade.

OWM is a specialty shop on the Commons that sells fair trade gifts made by artisans worldwide. It carries handmade jewelry, clothing, accessories, home goods, musical instruments, and crafts from every continent. It’s known for its colorful displays and stellar customer service. It was one of 80 stores around the country that shared a mission to help artisans in developing nations earn a fair wage.

Store manager Curt Bayer has been with the store for two decades and said that its mission resonates with his values.

“It’s a good feeling working for Ithaca’s only 100% Fair Trade store,” says Bayer. “The companies we work with source products from 35 different countries. Those artisans are members of fair-trade cooperatives, which not only pay fair wages - but also protect the environment and ensure safe working conditions.”

To celebrate two decades, OWM is offering 20% off on all full-price necklaces and bracelets now through December 24. It has also extended its store hours for the holidays open every day, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. You can learn more about

Scott Whitham Planning and Design, founded by Scott Whitham, a skilled architect, has been instrumental in designing several community developments, including Asteri, Carpenter Park, and City Harbor projects.

“Working within this region, and specifically the Ithaca community, has been tremendously rewarding. We are Landscape Architects and Planners, and Project Managers for many important projects within the city, and we take our responsibility to the community very seriously. From a design perspective, we try to consider site design with a unifying visual theme that prioritizes elements of a project that are singular and memorable, while being ultimately functional for the community, and working well within the cultural context,” says Whitham.

For more information about OWM, visit, and for additional details regarding Scott Whitham Planning and Design, visit For greater detail about any of downtown Ithaca’s businesses, email or check out

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