Our area has been blessed with a number of new businesses that have opened their doors in 2015. It is a sign of the true growth that is happening right here in Central New York. The 10 have not only provided hope, but also jobs and in most cases a lot of new tax revenue, which is always a huge benefit.

Here is a list of 10 new money-making establishments that have breathed new life into our area.

#10 Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches - 22 Campion Rd, New Hartford

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Jimmy John's located in New Hartford is a chain sub and sandwich shop with a great reputation. This national chain used to be as far away as Syracuse, which was difficult for Utica residents. Now, this awesome shop with delivery available is making lunch and dinner easy for all.

#9 O'Scugnizzo's South Utica Location - 2644 Genesee St, Utica

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This Utica classic has several locations with the original on Bleecker St. Famous for their "Upside-down Pizza" residents of South Utica rejoiced when their latest store opened just across from the Speedway gas station on Genesee St.

#8 Buffalo Head Restaurant (Re-Opened) - 10626 County Rd 73, Forestport

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For a little over a year this popular Forestport restaurant closed it's doors. Many who live in that area believed it was gone for good, but they were very pleased to find out The Buffalo Head would re-open with an old chef returning. For many up there living, this was one of the few options to dine out.

#7 Once Upon A Child - 8411 Seneca Turnpike #110, New Hartford


This new business located in New Hartford gives new parents the option to buy and sell affordable, gently used clothing. At the rate kids grow, some people don't want to have to pay an arm and a leg to clothe their new little one. Thankfully, Once Upon A Child was opened.

#6 Bite Bakery & Cafe - 53 Franklin Sq, Downtown Utica

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Two bakers with a passion for great food were constantly told by friends and family that they needed to open their own place. With all the growth in Downtown Utica, especially in Franklin Square, this Cafe & Bakery just made sense. After careful planning and design Bite Cafe & Bakery was born.

#5 Utica Bread - 106 Genesee St, Utica

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Another bakery that opened it's doors this year in Downtown Utica was Utica Bread. The same people who brought you Tailor & The Cook decided to give this city a fresh and quality option on all things dough and yeast related!

#4 Rockin' Jump - 4515 Commercial Dr, New Hartford

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This fun new fitness center is not just for kids! Rockin' Jump, located in the old Babies R' Us location provides a number of obstacles and trampolines that allow people to have fun and get a little exercise in at the same time. This is the perfect spot for a rainy or snowy day and maybe even a birthday party.

#3 Ocean Blue - LANDMARC Building, 118 Columbia St, Utica

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One of the most talked about restaurants in Utica is Ocean Blue. It brings a New York City style dinning experience to Downtown Utica. Offering an Oyster Bar, great seafood, and great drinks. The atmosphere alone makes this one of the hottest spots in Oneida County.

#2 The Yellow Brick Road Casino - 800 W Genesee St, Chittenango

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One of the biggest projects of the Oneida Indian Nation since the addition of Exit 33 at Turning Stone is the brand new Yellow Brick Road Casino in Chittenango. Not only does it offer a closer location to have some fun for people in Syracuse, but it has also become another huge source for jobs in our area. Jobs = Money Spent = A Better Area.

#1 The Onondaga Lakeview Amphitheater - 490 Restoration Way, Syracuse

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And finally how could we leave out the beautiful, new, state-of-the art Onondaga Lakeview Amphitheater? This brand new concert venue kicked off with a bang in August of 2015 with Miranda Lambert performing the inaugural concert in Syracuse. This concert space will continue to provide quality shows and a positive revenue stream for not only Central New York, but the entire state.

Each and every single one of these new businesses will have a positive impact on not only our local communities, but overall the whole state of New York. Let's hope 2016 brings just as many new businesses and more!

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