Syracuse businesses

Since the emergence of COVID-19 we've heard a lot about "essential workers". You might picture these workers as nurses, grocery store associates, and delivery drivers. And you'd be correct, but what about zoo workers providing care to living, breathing animals?

On this episode of The 315, Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss chat with Jeff Taylor, owner of The Wild Animal Park in Chittenango. They discuss the history of the park, impact of COVID-19, and the Netflix documentary Tiger King.

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An investment of $315 million dollars in Downtown Syracuse construction projects, the addition of 440 new hotel rooms within three years and a thriving arts, entertainment and sports scene are all positive signs of Downtown’s resurgence. 

Syracuse First website.

A reminder to shoppers during the holiday shopping season, you may want to consider the benefits of shopping with local businesses in Central New York to grow the local economy.  For seven years, a local organization’s mission has been to see if consumers will actually commit to making a ten percent shift of their purchases with locally-owned businesses.  Syracuse First is hosting its annual Buy Local Bash next Monday at the F-Shed Regional Market.  Executive Director Chris Fowler says the number of vendors continues to increase for the event.