Coming Soon: Private Mailboxes

They’re here!

We just received our delivery of brand new, shiny, secure private mailboxes. In a few days we should have them all set up, numbered, and ready-to-rent!

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Fall Break and Columbus Day

leavesHappy Fall Break!

While campus sleeps, Uncle Marty’s will remain open.

Monday, Columbus Day, is a federal holiday and the USPS will not be operating. But we’ll be here, open normal hours, and able to accept and process mail. Both DHL and FedEx will operate normally on the holiday, with pickups and deliveries continuing as scheduled.

See you soon!

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Reimagining the Schwartz Center Plaza

Thank you to everyone in attendance at last night’s Schwartz Center design charrette at St. Luke’s church on Oak Avenue. We had a great meeting, and tons of innovative ideas were shared for the reimagining of the Schwartz Center plaza.

Cornell is making a concerted effort to include the entire community–residents, businesses, officials, university staff, etc.–in the design process for the Schwartz Center plaza.

Nearly everyone at the charrette agreed that the current wall running through the plaza must come down, and the space made into something that will flow well, be beautiful, and be able to function to serve multiple purposes. Consensus was that it should be an inviting plaza, and honor the original concept for the Schwartz Center’s architecture, working cohesively with its entrance. Design concepts encompass from Cascadilla Hall to Sheldon Court, but the budget for construction will be focused entirely on the square in front of the Schwartz Center.

Everyone is highly encouraged to share ideas and provide input to ensure that the new Schwartz Center plaza improves the landscape and serves a worthwhile purpose in Collegetown–an asset for the public, the students, and local businesses. If you weren’t able to attend last night’s charrette and have an idea you’d like to share before design concepts are fine tuned, please email

Upcoming community meetings regarding this project are:

Design Concepts Presentation: October 26, 2016, 5:30-7:30pm, Schwartz Performing Arts Center Film Forum Room

Final Concept Presentation: November 28, 2016, 5:30-7:30pm, Schwartz Performing Arts Center Film Forum Room

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Shipping

samsung-galaxy-note-7-homeSamsung has recently recalled the Galaxy Note 7 because there have been issues with some of their lithium ion batteries catching fire. As a result, this phone model is now facing shipping restrictions with our carriers.

FedEx has issued the following statement: “Until further notice, FedEx is not accepting Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices for shipment.”

The USPS has issued the following statement: “Effective immediately and until further notice, the Postal Service will ship Samsung Note 7 devices only using USPS Retail Ground/Parcel Select, which travels on ground transportation, due to potential safety hazards pertaining to lithium ion batteries.”

So if your phone has been recalled, we are still able to send it back via USPS Retail Ground or Parcel Select, both of which are services available at your local USPS Approved Postal Provider, Uncle Marty’s.

#UncleMartys #FindingSolutions #WeMakeItEasy

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2016 AIDS Ride for Life

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The 18th annual AIDS Ride for Life was a huge success!

Hundreds of riders spent Saturday biking a 100-mile trek around beautiful Cayuga Lake to benefit the Southern Tier AIDS Program (STAP). This year’s event raised over $200,000, adding to the over $3.5 million that has been raised by it since its beginning! That money stays right here in the Southern Tier, dedicated to HIV awareness, education, prevention, and care.

STAP was founded in 1984, and now operates from eight offices in an eight-county area, providing state of the art prevention education. They work to “create a world where HIV transmission is rare and those who are HIV+ lead healthy lives.”

STAP also distributes Narcan kits, and trains community members and service providers on their use. Already, STAP’s kits have saved over 225 lives in our area!

We are very honored to have been able to sponsor this year’s ride, and look forward to working with STAP in the future to do what we can for this tremendous organization. Thank you to all who rode, volunteered, organized, and participated on Saturday. You are true rock stars!

For more information on the ride, to participate, sponsor, or volunteer next year, please visit

#STAP #RideforLife #Ithaca #Gratitude

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Five Years

It’s our five year anniversary!

Uncle Marty’s Shipping Office opened on September 1, 2011. For the past five years, it has been our privilege to serve you–the Ithaca, Cornell, and Collegetown communities. Truly, it’s been a privilege!

On this milestone, we need to take a moment to thank you–our loyal advocates, customers, and friends–for your outstanding support.

Thank you for stopping by our store that first time, whether that was last week or five years ago. Time after time, visit after visit, we love seeing you come back again and again, and are so grateful for the sincere recommendations and referrals to your friends, family, and co-workers.

Thank you for your trust and patronage, which has allowed us to grow year after year, expanding our services and offerings to cater to our unique market here in Collegetown, Ithaca, the Southern Tier, and the Finger Lakes. We simply opened a store, and soon found that we were able to fill a huge need in our region. We are so honored to have become the dedicated shipping, printing, and storage partner for many Cornell University and Ithaca College departments, clubs, and teams, as well as local businesses, artists, artisans, students, academics, and so many other various and sundry Ithacans. We love growing, and have become really good at it (with some serious big plans pending)!

Thank you for all of the overwhelming positive reviews. Because of you, we’ve become Yelp superstars! We love receiving your kind statements, reading them, sharing them, and above all earning them. We will continue to always give five-star service, understanding that your decision to do business at Uncle Marty’s must be earned with our dedicated best.

Thank you for your patience during the past 16 months of Collegetown development. We know that the construction in Collegetown has been difficult to navigate, yet these developments will bring new life, vibrancy, and potential to our fine neighborhood. We are indebted to our loyal, dedicated customers who have truly gone out of their way to support us through the construction dust. We hope to have our road paved by the end of this month, and have negotiated a new, bigger customer and truck loading zone near our store as well as a couple of handicapped parking meters. These new buildings are going to be fabulous; our new street and sidewalks will be beautiful; the future looks very, very bright!

Thank you for your loving, kind support while Marty was going through serious chemotherapy in 2012 and 2013. When Marty found out he had a rare, aggressive form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in the fall of 2012, he honestly didn’t know what would happen to the business during his months away for treatment. But Cindy (his mom), Dub (his Dad), Ingrid (his sister), and Allen (his brother) all stepped up to carry our young business through the hiccup. Now, three and a half years cancer-free with nothing but hope for the future, Marty remains overwhelmed by the love poured out during that unprecedented time. As we move forward, continuing our fundraising in the store for the American Cancer Society through Marty’s team, Cancer Crushers, our gratefulness for your continued support remains strong.

The past five years have been full of surprises, and through it all we have come out smiling. Now, we are extremely excited to announce that we’ve renewed our lease at 206A Dryden Road for another five years! We’re in this for the long term, and look forward to many more years working together to make our community the best that it can be!

So what do the next five years hold? Plenty of good things! With the new buildings surrounding us in Collegetown, we’ll be expanding our services and doing some renovations of our own. We hope to have a new business center with 24-hour private mailboxes opened within a few months, have just signed on to offer textbook buyback, and are exploring lots of other new offerings. It’s an exciting time!

Our five year anniversary is truly a cause for celebration! And we have cupcakes to prove it! So swing by on Tuesday, September 6th, to get frosting-faced, and party on!

#UncleMartys #Collegetown #FiveYearAnniversary #Gratitude #XOXO

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Happy Labor Day

It’s Labor Day weekend!

Uncle Marty’s will be closed Saturday through Monday.

DHL, FedEx, and the USPS all have suspended operations on Labor Day, and will resume normal schedules on Tuesday, September 6th.

See you soon!

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A Wonderful BEAR Walk: Community Fair

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Last night’s BEAR Walk: Community Fair was wonderful!

We kicked the event off at 6PM, and Cornell’s Big Red Marching Band made a grand entrance at 6:30. After their performance, Rich John introduced Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick, who encouraged us all about the bright future of Collegetown and the potential that the new developments are bringing. We also heard from Cornell Vice President of University Relations Joel Malina, and Student Assembly President Jordan Berger.

The Hangovers and Red Solo, two of Cornell’s amazing a capella groups, entertained through the evening as we enjoyed ice cream from Cornell Dairy, and visited table after table of local organizations, health and safety groups, and City representatives. The Cornell Police Department, Ithaca Fire Department, and Ithaca ReUse were just some of the many contributors that made this event a big success!

On behalf of our fellow BEAR Walk committee members, we thank everyone who came last night to mingle, learn, network, and let loose. Together, we’re strengthening what already is a fabulously unique and strong community!

For more photos and videos from the event, please check out our Instagram and Facebook pages, both @unclemartys.

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BEAR Walk: Community Fair

The BEAR Walk: Community Fair is coming up on Tuesday, August 30th, from 6pm-8pm on the 400 block of College Avenue.

Last year’s fair was a huge success, and this year’s will be even better! Mayor Myrick will speak, along with SA president Jordan Berger. Exhibitors at the fair will include student groups, the Ithaca Fire Department, Tompkins County agencies, and City of Ithaca officials and agencies, including representatives from the parking department. There will be lots of food and excellent entertainment that will include various a capella groups from Cornell!

Marty has had the privilege of helping on the BEAR Walk committee, alongside students and staff of Cornell University, City of Ithaca officials, and other community members. We’ve worked hard to bring the best this year, to encourage local residents, students, faculty, staff, and local businesses to come together to meet, greet, network, share, learn, and grow together in this unique, diverse, fabulous neighborhood we call Collegetown!

See you there!

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Welcome back, students!


It’s August … already! Can you believe it!?

We’re excited for Ithaca’s elastic walls to expand once again as all of you head back to your home away from home. And to the freshmen, welcome! We can’t wait to meet you!

If you have items in storage with us and need to pick them up or have them delivered in the coming weeks, please let us know your plans as soon as possible so we can retrieve your items from our secure storage area and have them staged and ready for you.

See you soon!

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