About Us

We make it easy!

At Uncle Marty’s, we strive to make things simple, saving you time and sharing a smile as we meet—and exceed—your business center needs at our one-stop shop.

Conveniently located in the heart of Collegetown since 2011, Uncle Marty’s is proud to be part of Ithaca’s small business community. We are active members of the Tompkins Chamber and founding members of the Collegetown Small Business Alliance, working with our neighbors to make our community better.

Members of our team are certified by the Association of Mail and Business Centers (AMBC) as Advanced Packing Specialists, Global Shipping Specialists, Commercial Mail Receiving Agents, and Freight Shipping Specialists.

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We were one of the first stores in the country to be recognized as an AMBC Certified Gold Store, exceeding the highest industry standards to join an elite few independent shipping and business centers across the country bearing gold status. We also have the honor of being a top-tier DHL Authorized Shipping Center, a FedEx Authorized ShipCenter, and a USPS Approved Postal Provider.

Our customers are our friends, our advocates, and our top priority. We show our gratitude with personal, professional, outstanding, and consistent service.

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Meet our team

The team at Uncle Marty’s Shipping Office in Collegetown

Marty Johnson

Uncle Marty is proof that a positive attitude makes a big difference. As an entrepreneur, writer, and business coach with over 25 years of experience in the retail shipping industry, he loves to share what he’s learned in business … and in life.

Marty enjoys working alongside his team at Uncle Marty’s Shipping Office, a hip, community-focused business center adjacent to Cornell University in beautiful Ithaca, New York. There, as Co-Founder of the Collegetown Small Business Alliance and an active member of the Tompkins Chamber, Marty works closely with his neighbors to find solutions to local challenges and ensure their one-of-a-kind neighborhood remains exceptional.

In addition to being a small business owner, Marty volunteers as Director of Communication and Advisor to the Board for the Association of Mail & Business Centers (AMBC), having previously served five years the non-profit’s board of directors, completing his term in 2018 as Board Chair. He’s been honored to be a panelist and speaker at summits and industry events across the country for more than a decade, and both he and his business have been featured multiple times in industry publications like FedEx ShipSource®. After years as a contributing writer for MBC Today, the mail and business center industry’s leading publication, he’s now the magazine’s editor; his business advice column, Ask Uncle Marty™, is a favorite among readers.

Bearing his Uncle title with honor, it’s Marty’s privilege to serve as a voice, leader, and mentor in his communities and the unique, ever-changing retail shipping industry. Learn more at askunclemarty.com.

@askunclemarty | #AskUncleMarty

Guardian of the Peanuts

Our resident shipping superstar, Aleah, is a jack of all trades and a solver of problems. She is a friend and ally to our clients, always going out of her way to do everything she can to make sure everyone has the best experience possible.

Aleah started at Uncle Marty’s in April 2018 and splits her time between work, school, friends, and family. Her reliability and dependability are only topped by her good nature and general awesomeness.


Handy Hero

Callum is our newest addition to the team, and what a difference he makes! His fix-it talents, brains, and delightful demeanor add a whole lot of joy and warmth to the business.

Callum started at Uncle Marty’s in April 2019 and works part time between his studies. Outside of the shop, he enjoys tinkering, beekeeping, woodworking, and being an all-around great dude.


Stamp Sergeant

Clark is a business student with a big heart. His analysis skills and ability to think about things from new angles make quite an impact here!

Clark started at Uncle Marty’s in October 2018 and looks forward to learning more about small business operations. While he’s currently studying at RIT and away from the shop during the semesters, he remains a valuable asset to the team.


Executive Momma

Cindy and her husband of 50 years, Dub, have been fixtures at Uncle Marty’s since day one … because they’re Marty’s parents.

Having owned three successful shipping stores in the Binghamton area from 1991 to 2008, Cindy knows this industry well. She’s a true packaging expert; she and Dub created a series of packaging courses that have become the industry standard and are still taught at regional and national training events to this day.

Now retired and living in Delaware, Cindy and Dub still come up to Uncle Marty’s to fill in when Marty is away and during busy seasons.


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