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Downtown Syracuse Business Owners Show Support for Ukraine to Raise Awareness About Ways that the Community Can Help

Syracuse, NY – As many in our community wonder what they can do to help Ukraine in the midst of crisis, a dozen Downtown Syracuse business owners are showing support and inviting the community to contribute to their efforts to raise funds and awareness. 

Anatoli Truskalo, owner of Anatoli Photograffi Studio at 181 Walton Street (map) is resurrecting his screen printing and embroidery skills to raise awareness and generate donations for his home country. Before opening his photography studio, Truskalo created clothing. He pulled some items  featuring symbols and sayings in support of Ukraine, and is selling them at his studio. Proceeds from sales – and donations – will go toward Ukrainian women and children living in Ukraine and fleeing the country. Anatoli Photograffi Studio is open from Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. The community is encouraged to visit or call Anatoli directly (315-254-5454) to make a purchase or donate. Updates will also be posted to the Anatoli Photograffi Studio website. Truskalo plans to launch a GoFundMe in the coming days.

Cathy’s Cookie Kitchen, an Armory Square neighbor of Anatoli Photograffi Studio, is selling limited-edition blue and yellow “Cookies for Ukraine.” Owner Cathy Pemberton will donate all proceeds to Jose Andreas’ World Central Kitchen (WCK), which helps feed Ukrainian refugees. The bakery will offer a special on a dozen cookies when it reopens. The community is encouraged to follow Cathy’s Cookie Kitchen on Facebook for updates. Cathy’s Cookie Kitchen is located at 266 W. Jefferson Street. It is open Tuesday through Friday from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Also in Armory Square, Pure Salon at 327 W. Fayette Street (map) has committed to donating $200 to support Ukrainian refugees. For three days - starting Wednesday, March 9. through Friday, March 11 - Orbis Lounge, a restaurant and bar in Hanover Square (map) - will donate 10% of sales to help Ukrainian refugees. “Having been a refugee myself for 10 years, this will be one of the ways we at Orbis can help make at least somewhat of a difference in these dire times,” Orbis owner Matija Popovic shared with Downtown Committee staff.

Bruce Block, owner of Antique Underground at 124 E. Jefferson Street (map) is doing something similar. Starting Thursday March 10, through Sunday, March 13, Antique Underground will donate 10% of  all sales (from the store and an antique show this weekend) to support Ukrainian refugees. Antique Underground is open from Tuesday through Sunday, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The Everson Museum of Art continues to stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine. The museum partnered with Urban Video Project to show Solidarity: #StandWithUkraine, a projection of the Ukrainian Flag on its façade facing the Community Plaza from February 27 through March 8. In its newsletter earlier this week, the museum put out a call to collect donations for the Syracuse Ukrainian National Home. If patrons drop off items at the museum, museum staff will make sure the donations get to the Syracuse Ukrainian Home. The Everson Museum of Art (map) is open Wednesday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, Thursday from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm, Friday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Peace, Love, and Cupcakes is also collecting items to donate to the Syracuse Ukrainian National Home. Already, the bakery has already taken more than three bags full of donations collected by the community – including medical supplies and essential items – to the National Home. Items such as medical supplies, including first aid kits, gauze, gloves, bandages and other items – continue to be in high demand. Peace, Love, and Cupcakes, located at 121 W. Fayette Street (map), is open Wednesday and Thursday, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Saturday, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Projex214, a men’s clothing retailer located at 211 E. Water Street (map), donated 40 clothing items (30 pairs of pants and 10 shirts) to the First Ukrainian Pentecostal Church.

Also in the Hanover Square neighborhood, a popular lunch restaurant Prontofresh (map), has donated a portion of its profits to the Voices of Children Foundation, which helps children and their families in Ukraine by providing emergency psychological assistance and assisting with evacuation. So far, Prontofresh has donated more than $600 to the organization. Inspired by his neighbor’s effort, Robert Podfigurny, a partner in The Evergreen and Rail Line, donated $500 to the Voices of Children Foundation.

And finally, a $5 donation to the Syracuse Cooperative Market will go a long way to help neighbors in Ukraine continue to get co-op goods and services. The Syracuse Cooperative Market – located in the Salt City Market and in the Westcott neighborhood of Syracuse – will match up to $1,000 in donations. The Cooperative Market will then donate that amount to COOP Ukraine, a new fund created in partnership by National Cooperative Grocers (NCG) and the Cooperative Foundation’s Disaster Recovery Fund. The Market’s total donation will be matched up to $100,000 through the NCG. COOP Ukraine is comprised of 15,000 enterprises, 3,000 restaurants, seven hotels and 300 manufacturing businesses, shops and 300 markets throughout Ukraine. The goal is to maintain operations so that member-owners can continue to rely on co-op goods and services. The Syracuse Cooperative Market at The Salt City Market (map) is open every day from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm.

“We’re so inspired by the big hearts and generous spirits of our Downtown Syracuse business owners,” said Merike Treier, executive director of the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc. “According to census data, the cities of Syracuse and Utica have the highest Ukrainian population of any metropolitan area in New York state. And, as our community has demonstrated through the years, especially during the pandemic recently, the way that our business community comes together in times of need makes this a very special community to be a part of.”

The Downtown Committee will continue to highlight efforts of Downtown Syracuse business owners through its social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn) and will share updates in its weekly newsletter, distributed electronically every Tuesday afternoon (most recently on March 8). To subscribe to the newsletter, email the Communications and Marketing team at mail@DowntownSyracuse.com.

About the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc.

The Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit, professional downtown management organization representing all property owners and tenants within the central business district. The Downtown Committee undertakes programs to improve downtown's image, strengthen its economic base, increase its attractiveness, and assure that it's clean, safe, welcoming and accessible. For more information, visit http://downtownsyracuse.com.