Utica passports supports local businesses and new city project

Made In Utica releases passports offering deals for local businesses while funding new initiative.

Posted: May 19, 2018 11:43 PM
Updated: May 19, 2018 11:53 PM

Upbeat music, beer and comic books.

It's all a part of the Made In Utica's Passport Release Party at Woodland Farm Brewery in Marcy. This year's comic book-themed passports feature a story called, "The Big Tip" written and penciled by Dave Dellecese, with ink and finished art by Andrew Cieslinski, both of local publishers Dandy Press. The $10 passports also offer deals and discounts at 20 local businesses.

"This is the fifth year we been doing this book that basically encourages people to get out and explore small businesses," said Katie Reilly, of Made In Utica.

The passport has grown every year since it's inception.

"People are coming to us to buy them, they look forward to it every year, people use it as their summer journey...they just want to get out an explore, " she said. "From 10 businesses four years ago, to 20 now and 11 new, there's a lot of new places out there."

Utica resident David Borgia, has been a fan of the passports from the start.

"I went to some spots in Utica that I had either forgotten or just become wallpaper, or some places that I never thought to try," he said, when he used his first passport five years ago.

Borgia is the only passport user to complete all of the deals and this year he was featured in the passport comic book, offering advice for fellow passport fans.

Besides the new businesses and updated look, the passport is also a fundraiser for another Made In Utica project.

"All the proceeds are going to Handshake City, which is our concept to integrate in urban park in Bagg's Square using renovated shipping containers," she said.

Utica Passports run from Memorial Day until Labor Day. Reilly said only a few hundred passports are still available for purchase. 

For more information or to purchase a passport visit: madeinutica.com

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 2083623

Reported Deaths: 52914
CountyCasesDeaths
Kings27718310311
Queens2740339845
Suffolk1994113379
Nassau1822533161
Bronx1812316529
New York1368284447
Westchester1288352266
Erie883501776
Richmond739711809
Monroe667001074
Orange47851810
Rockland46656955
Onondaga38048671
Dutchess29175444
Albany24428350
Oneida22251505
Niagara19686360
Broome18344357
Saratoga15113166
Ulster13762251
Schenectady12988200
Rensselaer11104140
Putnam1053991
Chautauqua8807141
Chemung7554135
Oswego743690
Ontario729992
Steuben6775143
Sullivan654972
St. Lawrence650796
Cayuga621492
Jefferson593166
Wayne565067
Cattaraugus560087
Genesee5348123
Herkimer5102107
Clinton480333
Madison447188
Livingston437158
Fulton433891
Tompkins424151
Montgomery4203123
Columbia4008101
Cortland375660
Tioga369562
Warren358557
Wyoming351152
Allegany343384
Chenango340276
Otsego340047
Greene336575
Washington308555
Orleans305183
Lewis270734
Franklin251812
Delaware232037
Seneca198056
Schoharie166216
Essex157726
Yates116826
Schuyler103014
Hamilton3072
Unassigned12450
Out of NY0237
Utica
Mostly Cloudy
70° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 70°
Oneonta
Cloudy
53° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 53°
Herkimer
Mostly Cloudy
70° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 70°
Old Forge
Partly Cloudy
70° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 70°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Looking for work or looking to hire? Check out the WKTV Job Fair!
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve