THE CITY GARAGE
5 Monroe Street
What’s cool in the shop this season? (besides the crew)
The City Garage is turning 15! Each fall festival marks another year, and this year is a big one. Over the spring/summer we freshened up the inside of the shop - fully refinished hardwood floors and fresh paint. It’s important to show our customers that we care about the building and keeping up the appearance inside and out.
We have also added a few new apparel brands for the winter, Trew gear and Saga. Trew features clean lines and super tech fabrics to work with the elements we have in WNY and beyond. The Saga brand offers a younger/edgier look with bold colors and brighter color swatches and patterns. You definitely won’t blend in with the crowd with Saga.
Your boot fitter has quite the reputation. How good is he, really?
Tim “The Boot Man” Cummisky has been in the game for quite some time. He has built up the CG boot/boot fitting business so much we had to build him his own boot fitting room! From stance alignment, custom footbeds, down to a simple stretch of a sixth toe, Tim can do it all. His experience of knowing how to translate a customer’s boot discomfort to a usual simple solution makes for a quick turn-around back out to the snow. We (as a staff) have all learned many valuable boot fitting tips from Tim so we can serve our customers better.
Other services you offer …
We are a full service ski shop, offering sales, demo, and service. We have a fully stocked state-of-the-art service shop equipped with Wintersteiger ski tuning machines. We also offer cross country, snowshoe, and telemark ski/boot rentals. We have a well stocked alpine ski demo quiver as well, featuring our top selling brands from all mountain to mid-fat powder skis.
What are a couple accessories you carry that you would recommend every skier add to their gear bag?
How about starting with a new gear bag!? Transpack, the leader in the ski/boot travel bags, has added an all-new heated gear bag ($189.99). There’s nothing better that pulling your ski boots out of a 120* degree boot bag! It can be plugged in at home or in the car. It’s a great way to dry out soggy gloves, socks, and even keep your chili warm for lunch!
After last winter’s bitter cold temps we noticed people don’t like to have cold feet. Imagine that! New for this year: Lenz heated socks ($259.99). Have the convenience of changing temperature from your smartphone with Lenz app. High quality merino wool socks accompanied by a wireless lithium battery pack that attaches to the sock on your calf above the boot. Cutting the cord from the conventional boot heaters will turn this product into an everyday winter outdoors success! Snowshoeing, cross country skiing, dog walking, sporting events … the possibilities are endless!
Any details yet on a pre-season movie premier event?
Once again, The City Garage will be bringing the winter stoke to Ellicottville! Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 at The Ellicottville Depot. This year will feature Matchstick Productions “Days of Our Youth,” a ski film dedicated to the spirit of being a kid again. Check our FB page for details on time, sponsors and prizes!
What other events are the crew looking forward to participating in this year?
As of now, the two annual events are the Moonlight Snowshoe Tour at Griffis Sculpture Park in early/mid-February and Telestock, “A day of love, peace, and telemark skiing” at Holiday Valley’s Yodeler Lodge on the last Friday in February. Once again, stay up to speed on other happenings at the shop or around town by liking our Facebook page.
On the flip-side, the C.G. offers one of the coolest, most unique palettes of retail from a ski shop during the off-season. Can you enlighten us on some of your summer lines?
We have been open every summer since day one. And through the years have tried a lot of different genres of summer themed activities. In recent years we have attracted the “summer fun” motto. The front door is open 7 days a week during the peak summer months. We try to carry over the unique clothing and equipment that are featured in the winter season to the summer. Stylish clothing from many popular brands that have a bit of technical merit. Functional footwear for the hiker, trail runner, and even the beer drinker!
Stand Up Paddleboarding has also been making a big splash on the waters of WNY. We carry BIC Sport paddleboards with a few of their most popular models for the beginner, families, and seasoned enthusiast.
The newest category this past summer was fun camping supplies. Anywhere from cast iron grilling to super lightweight/packable cook sets. We also featured GSI Outdoors and Rome Industries, something for everyone having fun outdoors!