Holiday Shipping / End-of-Semester

img_9432-2It’s December, which means the semester is ending, the holidays are approaching, and Uncle Marty’s is hopping!

We are Ithaca’s holiday shipping headquarters. With our 50+ box sizes and expert packaging service, we’ll make sure your gifts arrive to their destination safely and on time. We gift wrap, too!

And if you’re a student ready to move out for the semester break, remember our storage options are the simplest and most affordable around at just $10 per month for any container up to 50 pounds. Wowza!

We’re excited to see you soon!

#UncleMartysOffice #Collegetown #HolidayShippingHeadquarters #MerryChristmas

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We’ve Been Featured in MBC Today!

Extra, extra! Read all about it!

Uncle Marty’s Shipping Office has the great honor to be featured in this month’s MBC Today, the leading publication for the mail, business center, and retail shipping industry!


To check out the article, please check out our album on Facebook.

#MBCToday #AMBC4ME #Gratitude

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Thanksgiving Schedule


It’s turkey time!

As is our tradition, we will be closing after our last FedEx pickup on Wednesday (just after 4:30pm) and remain closed through Sunday in order to celebrate, give thanks, and prepare for a busy holiday season at Uncle Marty’s.

The carriers’ holiday schedules are as follows:
DHL: normal operations Wednesday, no domestic operations Thursday, and normal operations Friday
FedEx Express: normal operations Wednesday, no domestic operations Thursday, and modified domestic service Friday and Saturday
FedEx Ground: normal operations Wednesday, no domestic operations Thursday, normal operations Friday, and no operations Saturday
FedEx Home Delivery: normal operations Wednesday, no domestic operations Thursday, and normal operations Friday and Saturday
USPS: normal operations Wednesday, no operations Thursday, and normal operations Friday and Saturday

We can’t let this time of year pass by without expressing our deep appreciation for you, our customers, friends, and loyal advocates. You make each day unique, each interaction encouraging, and this business a joy. Your kind words, comments, reviews, and referrals always move us and inspire us to keep growing, improving, and lay the groundwork for fabulous days ahead. Your patience through our neighborhood’s redevelopment and effort to do business here no matter what is what has kept us steady and incredibly optimistic.

With sincerity, we wish you and yours a blessed, positive, and heartwarming Thanksgiving. And we can’t wait to see you soon as you ship your holiday gifts all over the world, and prepare for winter break buying boxes, storing, and shipping.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots.jpgThe mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. 

We’ve teamed up with our neighbor, Lisa of Big Red Barber Shop, to accept Toys for Tots donations! New, unwrapped toys are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at either of our businesses now through December.

In 2015, Toys for Tots collected 18 million toys and distributed them to 7 million grateful children. Let’s make that even bigger, brighter, and better this year!

For more information, or to find a donation site in your area, please visit

Thank you in advance for your kindness.










#ToysforTots #USMarineCorpReserve #Community #Children #HolidayGiving #ThankYou

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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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