Speak candidly with any business owner in Ellicottville, and you’ll hear a common theme. Running a success story in a resort town requires finding the delicate balance between staying true to your mission statement and keeping pace with the always-shifting demands of the consumer. Some businesses in Ellicottville never achieved this balance - that’s why they’re not in business anymore. Others, like The Silver Fox, have done what is needed to not only keep the lights on, but remain a rock-solid constant of the Ellicottville scene. There’s a stark difference between owning a restaurant and operating a restaurant. Michael Nickolson, owner of ‘The Fox,’ falls into the latter.
During the winter months, Ellicottville is not exactly lacking in the entertainment department. Between the slopes of Holiday Valley and HoliMont and the nightlife of the village, plenty of stories are made between the months of December and April. There’s a good chance that if you’re reading this, you’ve got an Ellicottville story or two yourself. And if you’ve ever been to The Boardroom, or The Boardroom on Main, and had the opportunity to talk with any of the staff then you know they have stories for days! Whether it’s shop talk about the newest and hottest products on the market, the latest scoop on what’s happening at the resorts in town, or just shop beagle tales (pun intended) The Boardroom crew never disappoints. It’s pretty safe to say though, that the topic they enjoy the most is snowboarding. So when Spencer Timkey (@spence_timkey on Insta) and Tyler Burns (@tylerxburns) were trying to figure out a new way to connect with people who share their passion for shredding, they settled on the podcast format. And just like that, Cold Soup, a weekly podcast for the shred enthusiast was born.
It’s easy to see why Ellicottville is such a fun place to come and play. Two resorts, a town alive with food and drink, and plenty of people you can share the stoke with. If you’re a seasonal (or even regular) visitor to 14731, you understand that this place - not just Ellicottville, but the entire region - thrives on being outside. Just a short drive over Chapel Hill or down Route 417 lies an entire area you may not know existed. These Enchanted Mountains contain much more than machine groomed packed powder, and we’re encouraging you to get out of your comfort zone and explore.
According to the Chinese Horoscope 2017 is the Year of the Red Rooster. Predictions for 2017 are if you are single, it is a good time to find your match. If you are in love, then you will have a deeper love. If you love the great outdoors, this is the year to experience the Allegheny National Forest. New for 2017 are Kinzua ADVentures offering four seasons of guided tours; Myers Motorsports offering snowmobile, ATV and UTV rentals; and Lantz Corners’ Snowmobile Rental and Lodging Packages. Hopefully, all the predications for love in 2017 will come true for you.
Grammy award winning band Blood, Sweat & Tears will be returning to the area when they play one show only at Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino in Salamanca. Those very familiar songs and sounds of a band that has stood the test of time will warm up the Events Center on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 7pm.
Often, people think yoga is simply stretching. However, those who come to the practice will quickly learn that it incorporates much more than just a physical body practice. Yoga certainly allows for the student to stretch one’s body, but it also allows one to transform on a mental and spiritual front. While the student is moving through a series of postures linked with corresponding breathwork, they are receiving corresponding benefits to the nervous system. These subtle benefits include relaxation, mindfulness, heightened concentration, stress reduction, a reduction in reactivity, and an overall sense of calm.
A lot of us were knocked out by early season respiratory infections. (Beware, the flu just walked through our store this month too!) Various herbs, extra probiotics, saltwater nasal flushes and steam inhalation treatments of Rosemary and Wild Thyme essential oils in addition to Silver Shield liquid breathed through a nebulizer can help prevent infection from reaching our lungs and lessen its duration and severity!
Halotherapy is an alternative treatment that has been going on for ages in Europe and Asia, just coming to North America the last couple of years. It is clinically proven to clear mucus from the airways, boost immune system, provide anti-inflammatory and bactericidal effects, reduce symptoms of asthma, allergies, sinus and congestion, improve lung function, de-stress and decrease depression, ease skin ailments such as acne, psoriasis, eczema, and more.
Holiday Valley and the major ski and snowboard companies are here to help you with your purchasing decisions. On Saturday, Dec. 17, visitors are welcomed to test new product. Reps from major manufacturers, plus Ellicottville’s local shops, will set up a demo village at the base of the Main Lodge. Brands like Burton, Salomon, Volkl, Atomic, Mervin Manufacturing (Lib Tech, GNU and Roxy), Head, Elan, Nordica, Apex Ski Boots, and many more will set up shop to put product out on the hill.
With winter quickly approaching here in Ellicottville, there’s no time like the present to get into some of your favorite local, specialty retailers to get outfitted for the pending snowfall. One of the mainstays in our community, Mud Sweat N’Gears, is located on the corner of Washington and Monroe Streets in the heart of the village. Recognized by the industry as an ‘America’s Best Bootfitters’ shop, as well as home to the only Montana Speed Factory around, MSG’s passionate, knowledgable staff is ready to get you dialed in. We caught up with owners / operators Kimberly Reading and Miguel Azcarate, to talk about the products they’re most excited about for the coming season.