Trey Clauss, Mr. Man
PERKS: What’s new this year at The City Garage?
CLAUSS: Coming into our 16th winter season at the store, we are still on the hunt for product that you can’t find in any other store. This always seems to be the hardest in the softgoods department. This year we are bringing in three new outwear lines in addition to our already diverse clothing line-up. TOBE, Strafe, and Planks outerwear brands all bring different aspects of the winter sport we love to the table.
PERKS: Word has it your boot fitter has seen a lot of feet …
CLAUSS: Our boot fitter Tim Cummiskey has the knack for fitting a good ski boot; he's been doing it for about 30 years! He has what we call the "boot room" upstairs, kinda like the Dr.'s office. There, he will put you in the "big chair" and figure out why your feet hurt. Anywhere from custom footbeds, stance alignment, stretching, and anything else you can do to a ski boot, he's your guy!
PERKS: Care to indulge in some of the other fine services you offer?
CLAUSS: We are a full service ski shop. Our number one service is Customer Service. Without customers we wouldn’t have anything to offer. Whether it be ski/board tuning, boot fitting, advice on product, telemark rental gear, where the best bar is … we offer it all!
PERKS: You’re hosting a movie premier event for MSP Films: “Ruin and Rose” this November in Ellicottville. Can you hype it up for us?
CLAUSS: Oh man where do I start!? Each year MSP Films outdoes themselves with delivering insane ski cinematography. This year will be like none other. They have produced a ski film that takes you from the deserts of Egypt to the coast of Africa and then sends you off the mountain peaks of Alaska. Nov. 19, 2016 at The Ellicottville Depot, 7pm. Free show, first come first serve.
PERKS: What other events is the C.G. team looking forward to hosting / participating in this year?
CLAUSS: Our biggest annual event comes a little later in the season. Telestock, a day of peace, love, and telemark skiing will be on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. This is by far the most fun, relaxed, free spirit day of skiing you will have at Holiday Valley. We also hope to bring back our ever so popular Moonlight Snowshoe walk at the Griffis Sculpture Park in Ashord, NY. We had to take a year off last season due to lack of weather cooperation, but hopefully Mother Nature will be a bit more kind to us! Tune into our FB page for more upcoming events throughout the season!
PERKS: You guys have the tendency to cook up some good grub in the back on those busy shop days and evening work hours. What’s the staff’s in-house grub of choice to prepare?
CLAUSS: Crockpot Creations! It has to be cooked in the pot. Goulash, franks n beans, spicy chili … the master chef is Too Tall Tom and whatever he brings to the shop we make it work. Only one stipulation, the key ingredient in every meal is to add one can of beer for maximum flavor!
PERKS: On the flip side, The City Garage 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?
CLAUSS: We have been open year round since 1999. Summertime has made us put our thinking cap on a time or two. In the past few summers we have started to expand more into gear for summer fun. Nothing too serious involved, just products that make you think of getting outdoors and enjoying yourself. Ellicottville in the summer brings a wide variety of travelers - whether it be the backpackers on the FLT (Finger Lakes Trail), families going to Allegany State Park, or just the day tripper - we try to have something for everyone. A few staple brands that you will find: ENO hammocks, YETI, GSI outdoors, ROME camping, Stanley, KEEN footwear, BIRKENSTOCK, Kuhl clothing, Xero sandals … come check us out in winter AND summer!