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.
Gallery 14731, downtown Ellicottville, is now exhibiting “Winter in EVL,” Chris Cove’s nature photography exhibit. Cove, an avid skier who lives in Pittsford, New York most of the year, is proud to call Ellicottville home too, as he and his family have owned a home here for the past ten years. The exhibit, which is part winter-themed scenes and part snowy owl photographs, is inspired by Cove’s love of winter and the Ellicottville area, and is sure to inspire visitors looking to enjoy the great outdoors “indoors,” for a change!
“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.” George A. Moore’s words may sound a little cliche for a lighthearted piece as this, but honestly, he nailed it. You may travel the world over, experiencing sights and sounds of cultures far different than the one you grew up in. But the more time you spend away from home, the more you begin to miss it. John Rounds, Nick Pitillo and Rick Jackson all grew up in our (anymore, not so) small town before moving to various places around the country. And when I asked what brought each of them back, the answers were quite simple. “It’s home.”
There is something to be said about being in the right place at the right time. For how many times in life things don’t always add up, beautiful coincidences always seem to be peppered in. If you ask Lyn Hall of Quirky Quilters, she will tell you that her career started from a chance encounter. “About six-seven years ago, I was perusing a sewing shop in Erie, PA. There was a woman there looking to purchase a new long-arm quilting machine. After she proclaimed to the store, ‘Anyone want to buy my used machine?’, I for some reason, said yes.”
As many of you may already know, Ellicottville is home to some of the most entertaining festivals and events in Western New York. From the multiple fetes produced by the local Chamber of Commerce, to the countless gatherings afforded by HoliMont and Holiday Valley, there are no shortage of reasons to visit our Village. There are plenty of reasons to visit Ellicottville before the snow flies. Here are just a few fun events you'll want to experience ...
As the air grows crisp and we say goodbye to summer’s sweltering temps, many cool weather fans are gearing up for a new season of adventure. If you are an avid fisherman (or woman), chances are you have thoughts of steelhead swarming your brain. Want to know where you can seek out world-class steelhead fishing in Western New York? Pack your gear bag and get ready to head out. The answer lies in Ellicottville, NY. Adventure Bound onthefly, located downtown on the main drag, has the guides, the gear and the knowledge to help you live out the fly fishing experience of your dreams.
Since opening Ameri-Can on September 1, 2015, owner Liz Boberg has made a strong commitment to American craftsmanship, art, and industry in the Ellicottville area, as her inventory is made by local artisans and crafters. The scope of Boberg’s inventory expands even further to include items such as clothing made in the United States and Canada. Now, Boberg is pleased to share the exciting news that her store features a selection of merchandise from the well-known franchise, the Made in America Store. And did we mention ... Ameri-Can just celebrated their one year anniversary!
Currently being featured at Gallery 14731 are works by Buffalo’s own Peter Fowler (www.peterfowlerstudio.com), a seventeen year resident of Buffalo, NY who epitomizes the idea that with enough hard work and dedication, achieving a dream is always within your reach. Read our interview with the artist; then catch his works in downtown Ellicottville.
Bemus Point will be getting a big taste of Ellicottville’s finest this summer when Ellicottville Brewing Company opens EBC on Chautauqua. Taking over the former Bemus Surf Club, expect the taps to start pouring around mid-June. Their expansion into the heavy Southern Tier now gives EBC three locations, each one offering beer lovers a totally different vibe and experience.
Tip Up Café celebrated its 36th anniversary on Feb. 16. Let’s take you back to the beginning: Judy and Ken Roush, who were married for just one year, had high hopes of one day opening a restaurant. Ken was a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. Judy Morabito grew up in Buffalo. Her father was a “green grocer” owning “The Main and Transit Market” which supplied many restaurants with produce from the early 1950’s. Both Judy and Ken had a lot in common and were searching for the perfect location for their dream restaurant. They debated two locations: The “Lucky Dollar” (now the Nickel Inn) and “Herbie’s Derby” - a shot and beer joint in Ellicottville. Ken grew up just over the hill from Ellicottville, in Cattaraugus, NY, which influenced the introduction of Tips Up and Ellicottville as the winning location.
Okay, okay, I know it was a slow start, but winter is finally here! And from the looks of the crowds of skiers and snowboarders on the slopes, and the hustle and bustle in the shops and restaurants downtown, it appears that we are all taking full advantage of the season. It’s about time! . Here at EBC, we’ve welcomed some new menu items, fit for ski season …
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: There is no other place like Ellicottville. Whether you live here, or own a vacation home here, or just visit on the weekends, you’re probably well aware of the sense of community it possesses. The type of benevolence that shines through when someone needs help. On Sunday, Feb. 28, Ellicottville rallies around Donna Woodarek.
Holiday shoppers in Ellicottville will encounter a new business this year. Its can’t-miss location is signaled by two flags, the American and the Canadian, which fly proudly over the red front door. Enter Ameri-Can, located at 11 Washington Street, where an eye-catching and intriguing selection of American and Canadian art, antiques, and apparel awaits you.
“Good times, good friends, good health to you and the luck of the Irish in all that you do.” Although this Irish Christmas proverb could (and should) be applied to every party and gathering you attend this holiday season, none fit the bill better than Ellicottville’s annual Irish Christmas.
Through the seasons, Ellicottville has evolved into a snowsport enthusiast’s dream. Between the two awesome ski resorts, shops, bars, restaurants, businesses and people, it has become a destination for creative curation. On Saturday, Dec. 12 from 12:30pm-2:30pm, you’ll have a prime opportunity to celebrate the winter lifestyle right here in our amazing town.
Celebrating its 13th anniversary on Friday, Dec. 18, Ellicottville’s prominent wine and liquor store sells by coupling stories and experience with an unheralded love and enthusiasm for the product on its shelves. Owner Shannon Carscallen has a family history rooted deep in the industry, and her passion is immediately evident.
It’s good to be back in Ellicottville! What’s great about Adventure Bound onthefly is that we’re going to appeal to such a broad range of people. There’s that aspirational, outdoor/lifestyle theme that people look for and a lot of people resonate with. When a family comes in, we want to be able to offer something for everyone.
This Halloween costume themed race is truly fun for all levels of participants, whether you’re an avid marathoner or casual jogger. Costumes are encouraged, but certainly not mandatory, making this an enjoyable spectator event for those lining the start / finish area in downtown Ellicottville.
The Boardroom Snowboard Shop is proud to announce the opening of a second storefront at 16 Washington Street in Ellicottville, NY. Aptly named “The Boardroom on Main,” loyal fans and customers of The Boardroom will be able to expect the same level of product quality, customer service and snowboard-centric good vibes as the original location at 6113 Route. 219.
In our 20-year existence of food and beverage in Ellicottville, EBC has seen a lot of food and beer styles come and go. Our newest menu is infused with a wide array of influences from around the world. With that said, let’s change course from our regular recipe spotlight, and instead get into a little explanation / biography of one of our most prestigious menu items: the Manhattan Strip Steak, and its undisputed Imperial partner, the Chocolate Cherry Bomb.
Another ski season is well underway, and per usual, the village and the resorts are chock full of changes that will no doubt positively enhance the experience for all who visit. We've seen a lot of relocations, remodeling, rebranding, and more out of the culinary landscape here in Ellicottville. One of these ‘new’ additions will be taking up shop in a familiar location to many, right on Monroe Street. Cadillac Jack's is proudly opening their doors at the storefront which was once home to Hoagie's Pizzeria. Snowed-In caught up with owners / operators Tina and Tom Zerbian to find out what we can expect from their exciting re-invented culinary adventure.
Ellicottville, New York has long been known for its social atmosphere laden with bars, and restaurants … where those traveling from near and far can imbibe in a beverage (or three) in a lively setting unlike any other. One of these fine establishments has taken things a step further by quietly becoming a self-sufficient powerhouse in managing the output of their core product - craft beer. By now I’m sure you realize I’m referring to none other than the Ellicottville Brewing Company, a staple in the village since its humble beginnings in 1995, when owners/founders Walter and Allen Yahn and Peter Kreinheder were inspired by a ski trip to Vail, to create their own family-run brand.