Three Cheers for Six Years

 

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September 1st marked our sixth anniversary in Collegetown.

For the past six years, it has been our pleasure to serve this community. Looking back, we see how much we’ve grown; we see how much we’ve changed. And we love what we’ve become!

When we opened in 2011, we aimed to provide Collegetown with a full service, friendly, fun, and frankly fabulous shipping and business center. And we’ve absolutely done that! But soon after we opened we realized that there were a lot of very unique challenges that our very unique neighborhood was facing, but not many decent solutions for them. So, we started changing and adapting what we sold and the services we provided, morphing into something we never quite imagined … but something we’re extremely proud of. We’ve become the area’s solution center.

We’ve found small solutions…

Greeting Cards: We started with a few lines of unique greeting cards, basically because greeting cards are fun, Marty loves them, and we know how hard it is to find something different than the everyday cheesy stuff you see at every corner drug store. Word spread about our cards and soon we found ourselves traveling to stationery and gift shows all over the place just to source more unique lines to add to our selection. Now, we have a whole wall of cards and change our inventory often to keep them fresh, super classy, and always unique; we’ve become one of the most popular greeting card destinations in our little city!

Moving Boxes: Students are constantly moving and constantly needing boxes. By default, many were going to big chain stores and paying entirely too much for their “moving” boxes, only to find that they’d fall apart after they were filled and implode when anything was stacked on them. So, we expanded our selection of sturdy, durable shipping boxes into sizes that are perfect for moving and storage. We now stock over 50 sizes, all highly rated and very fairly priced. Each year, during our busy May move-out season, we sell way more boxes than we did the previous year. Word is spreading, and our boxes are the best!

And we’ve found monumental solutions…

International Shipping: Ithaca has a very large international and internationally-connected population, but international shipping wasn’t easy for most of Collegetown’s residents and visitors. Before we opened, we got all of our authorizations in order and became the first DHL Authorized Shipping Center (DASC) in town … and have remained the highest volume DASC in the region ever since, offering DHL rates that are less than DHL’s online published rates! We became a FedEx Authorized ShipCenter (FASC) and, through our unbeatable service, soon built up our FedEx volume to the highest available discount tier … and now our FedEx Express International shipping rates are also better than FedEx’s own online published rates. We have state-of-the-art software that compares all shipping options side by side in one screen to help our guests find the best option for their needs and budget. And we always print the labels and customs paperwork for you so all you have to do is sign! We’ve digitized and simplified the very confusing, complex world of international shipping … and do it at the best rates available in our area.

Private Mailboxes: People needed a solution to the inherent headaches that come with changing your address when you change dorms or apartments each semester. So we added private mailbox rental so students can keep the same address for their entire tenure in Ithaca. And now those mailboxes are popular with much more than just students–perfect to meet the needs of home based businesses, non-profits, clubs, and individuals who travel and need mail forwarding … or maybe just need a little bit more privacy.

Storage: Students needed a better storage solution. Most of the options available before we got here were disjointed and confusing. There were seemingly dozens of storage start-ups that would flash and fizzle, often only around for a season. Many of them didn’t have an actual brick and mortar location, but rather just a flashy website and hired hands who would show up in a rented truck, take your boxes, and then leave you with no idea of where your boxes were being held or who was watching over them while you were away. Then per-pound pricing and add-ons would really drive your final storage bill through the roof. So, we turned our year-round Collegetown shipping and business center into a storage facility as well! We offer flat rate, simply priced storage options, personal pickups, and extremely flexible delivery and shipping options on the back end. Our storage has grown exponentially every year, smashing records again in 2017 (and the year’s not nearly over yet!)

And there’s so much more we could talk about … like how our resume, thesis, and dissertation printing prowess has saved the day countless times, how our key duplication service has totally blown up, or how our come-to-you pickup and delivery solutions have brought our services to many folks who could otherwise not access our storefront.

In retrospect, looking back on all that’s happened, how we’ve changed, and milestones we’ve reached, six years seems like a long, long time. But in other ways it seems like we’re just beginning.

Because we indeed are just beginning; we’re in this for the long haul. And we can’t wait to see what the next six years bring!

#HappyAnniversarytoUs #UncleMartysOffice #Collegetown #SixYears

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Labor Day

Labor Day

Uncle Marty’s will be closed on Saturday (9/2) and Monday (9/4) of Labor Day weekend, reopening Tuesday (9/5) at 9AM.

DHL, FedEx, and USPS will not have any domestic operations on the holiday.

See you soon!

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Welcome Back!

Welcome to Ithaca, new students! And welcome back to Ithaca, returning students!

If you have items in storage with us and would like to pick them up or have them delivered, please get in touch with us as soon as possible to make arrangements. We do everything we can to accommodate at move-in time, however those who make arrangements in advance receive priority on our delivery schedules.

You’ll notice a lot of changes around here. Collegetown’s landscape is changing, working toward a bright future with lots of new development. The new Dryden Road Johnson School building across the street from us is now open (and nearly completed)! That means that our road, too, is open more often than not now … MUCH to our delight!

On Monday, August 21st, we’ll resume our regular hours (9-6 Monday-Friday; 10-3 Saturday). We’ve had a wonderful summer and now we’re looking forward to a wonderful semester!

See you soon. 😉

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Collegetown Open House

Collegetown Open House

Hear ye, hear ye!

Z95.5FM and Cayuga Radio Group are running a Collegetown Open House promotion this summer. Visit Uncle Marty’s or any other participating business in Collegetown to enter to win prizes, including:

$500 worth of travel vouchers from the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport

$50 gift certificates from Uncle Marty’s Shipping Office, Aladdin’s Natural Eatery, Calios The Calzone King, The UPS Store, and Classic Optical

We are stoked to participate in this wonderful promotion, and very grateful for our local radio group for their interest in Collegetown.

See you soon!

 

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Independence Weekend

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Happy Independence Day!

Uncle Marty’s will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, July 3rd and 4th. 

None of our commercial carriers (DHL, FedEx, USPS) will be operating on the 4th, and many have reduced operations on the 3rd.

See you Wednesday!

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Cancer Crushers Fundraiser

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We’re fundraising for the Cancer Crushers!

Now through mid-July, purchase a moon or a star to display in our front window. All proceeds go directly to the American Cancer Society.

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Summer Hours

Summer hours will begin Monday, June 5, and continue through mid-August:

Monday – Friday

10am – 6pm

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Our Best Season Yet!

Thank you!

We’ve just wrapped up our best season yet in our nearly six-year history in Collegetown.

May is always bittersweet for us. It’s our busiest time of year as students all prepare for the summer–buying boxes, moving, storing, and shipping their stuff from place to place. But that means we have to say goodbye to countless friends who have become part of the Uncle Marty’s family over the years. We thank you from deep down for your patronage, and know many of you will keep in touch and be back to visit in years to come!

We broke records this May. And we’ll continue to grow, looking forward to the new Johnson School building opening up across from us in July and other countless new developments that will usher in Collegetown’s bright future.

So here’s to the future: yours, ours, and our fine neighborhood’s. It’s going to be spectacular!

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Graduation / Memorial Day

It’s going to be a busy weekend in Collegetown, and we’ll be here to help you get moved out. We have boxes, shipping, and storage … and extended hours (including Memorial Day) to make your move easier!

GRADUATION WEEKEND EXTENDED HOURS:

Saturday (5/27): 10-5

Graduation Sunday (5/28): 12-5

Memorial Day Monday (5/29): 9-6

See you soon!

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Boxes | Shipping | Storage

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Uncle Marty’s is your end-of-semester headquarters for boxes, shipping, and storage.

All of our boxes are shipping boxes, so they’re much stronger than those weaker “moving” boxes you might see at the big box stores. And our prices are great! We’ve just had five pallets of crisp, new boxes freshly delivered … so come check out our box mountain and get what you need for May move-outs.

Our storage rates are unbeatable at just $10 per item per month. (An item is a box, bin, suitcase, or any self-contained unit up to 50 pounds.) We keep our rates simple so you’re not surprised by per-pound pricing and added fees. And because we’re a shipping store, we can send your storage items anywhere you want whenever you need them! Pickup and delivery service is available, with full details here. We’re here year-round in Collegetown, so you know where your stuff is and can have full confidence that it’s well cared for.

We’re here Monday through Saturday, and will be open Cornell Graduation Day and Memorial Day.

See you soon!

 

 

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