Destiny USA

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The Syracuse Police Chief and Manager of Destiny USA want to reassure shoppers the shooting incident on Black Friday in the food court area was an isolated incident.  Police were alerted shortly after 7 PM and quickly responded to the scene.  Chief Kenton Buckner says a victim was shot twice in the leg.

It appears the effort to promote Destiny USA to domestic and especially international audiences is paying off. The shopping, dining, and entertainment venue ended last year with impressive gains in group travel visitation.

Both Destiny USA and state fairgrounds events ended 2017 with sharp increases in the number of visitors over the previous year.  Tourism officials credit targeted marketing efforts and venue improvements.

Whitman School of Management website.

Diehard Black Friday Shoppers might be trained to think the best deals are only to be found on Black Friday but, a Professor of Retail Practice at Syracuse University’s Whitman School says that’s changed.

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Out of all of the shirts for sale in stores at Destiny USA, you’ll never see any with these sayings... ”The pain will never stop," and “I chose to survive.”  Those are just a sampling of the more than 300 shirts spread across the Vera House Clothesline Project at the mall to raise awareness about sexual abuse.  All of them are made by survivors and will be on display until May 6th.  Prevention and Education Director Loren Cunningham says sexual abuse causes a ripple effect of emotions in families and beyond.

Mark Bialczak

  The Cheesecake Factory in Destiny USA got its second chance Saturday night.

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Some Central New Yorker’s are leaping into the New Year hoping to land a new job in a pretend warmer setting at a themed restaurant.  Many applicants are getting a sneak peak of Margaritaville at Destiny USA before the plastic wrap is even removed from the pelican’s and other props.  Manager Mike Griswald says they’re looking for everything from Bartenders, Servers and Line-cooks to Retail Cashiers. 

Council for Textile Recycling

  Your favorite pair of pants all worn out?  Have a stained shirt?  Holes in your socks?  Don’t throw them away. Instead, drop them off for donation or recycling. 

Mark Bialczak

Walk past the new bar World of Beer on Wednesday through Saturday nights, and that corridor on the top floor of Destiny USA resembles an open air corner bar.

poster with series of brand logos, puma at the top with a platinum certification
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Destiny USA marked its second full year of LEED Gold certification Thursday by recognizing 44 store owners for also being energy efficient. The award for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design,” or LEED, is given to tenants that meet the sustainability requirements.  Puma took top honors for going LEED Platinum.