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Just a few weeks ago, Ava Grace Fashions celebrated the grand re-opening of its store as it moved from 10 Washington Street to 24 Washington Street.

The art of Falconry dates back at least 4,000 years, and birds of prey have been one of man’s fiercest and most efficient hunting weapons. WNY native and Master Falconer Jonathan Clarkson —  or “American Hawkeye” — brings the ancient art to life with demonstrations and a passion matched only by his birds. 

Plan a trip to the bustling village of Ellicottville with all your gal pals and enjoy a plethora of activities that are being planned - everything from yoga, jewelry making, scarf tying, mixology, essential oils workshops and more will be available for participants. An outstanding brunch, cocktail hour and amazing shopping specials will all be included in your Girls Getaway registration price. Here’s a sneak peek at a few of the activities being planned …

For Western New York resident Christine Wittmann, it was a priority to find a work/life balance that would allow her to spend more time in Ellicottville with her kids who are on the freestyle team and her husband who became a ski patroller at Holiday Valley. When her jewelry “hobby” expanded and began to feature more and more pieces with buffalo nickels, Christine left her industrial sales and marketing job and turned her passion for jewelry making into her own brand, bfloGALS.

When Dan Buringrud left corporate sales for seminary school in St. Louis, he was making a major life change. A native Californian by way of The Bay (San Francisco), he returned a pastor to Sacramento. But when an opportunity came up to leave The Golden State for the Lake Effect-filled, bone-cold area of New York we call home, he took it. God, as it seems, works in mysterious ways. 

Ellicottville Brewing Company poised to open Little Valley bottling facility, pub and entertainment complex this summer.

With its numerous camping sites, two lakes, delicious restaurant and unique shops, Allegany State Park is a hotspot for visitors and Cattaraugus County residents alike. And now Ellicottville resident, John Marino, has brought the park to downtown Ellicottville!

A staggering number of families in Cattaraugus County - 1 in 5 - are starving. The Ellicottville Food Pantry, under the leadership of Shelly Kibby, makes the difference every day. 

Send your sweet tooth to paradise at Cupcaked, Ellicottville’s new bakery! Owners Anne and Scott Coe welcome you to their beautiful bakery, where they serve a wide variety of delicious treats and offer a full range of event planning services. This holiday season is the perfect time to try a new treat, order your desserts or get started planning a spring wedding, and the Coes can make it all happen!

Nestled away in the Enchanted Mountains of Ellicottville, NY, the famed ‘Studio of Justice’ has been found. Inside, unbeknownst to many, Shad Nowicki has been making a splash in the ComiCon World for quite some time now.

The Ashford Junction Diner, located just a few miles east of the village of Ellicottville, is proudly celebrating its first year in business. New owners Jay and Peggy LaCroix have paid homage to the diner’s roots in naming it after the bustling junction that once drew visitors from afar …

In 1985, Jim Watson rolled the dice. He was spending the majority of his time running a restaurant, while the minority went into making candy for his family’s Kenmore chocolate shop. While skiing with friends at a somewhat-known ski resort in a somewhat-known town south of Buffalo, the light bulb clicked. Without the production or financial means to open another chocolate shop in a bustling strip mall or population center, Watson’s gamble 32 years ago paid off …

Gallery 14731, Ellicottville's premiere contemporary gallery space and gift shop, is currently showcasing work by some fantastic photographers. One current featured artist is Holiday Valley’s own Dan Aldrich, who in the past year obtained his FAA Drone Certification with the intent of showcasing the beautiful landscape of Ellicottville from a different angle.

The Sarah Burke Foundation and Momentum Camps recently awarded the 6th annual 'Spirit of Sarah Scholarship' to 13-year-old Bella Bacon from Ellicottville, NY.

Tyler Burns (DJ Tyler Swift) and John Nelson (DJ Obi One Two) started spinning tracks a few years ago, and their relationship - and skill set - has transformed into a powerhouse one-two (get it?) punch. Refusing to limit themselves to late night bar sets, Burns and Nelson created EVL Entertainment. They’re aiming to become the premier DJ name for weddings, parties, bars and events. We sat down with Burns and Nelson to give us the inside track (I am full of terrible puns) on the DJ lifestyle and EVL Entertainment.

Tony DiStefano, photography enthusiast and manager of The EVL Lodge, is taking his passion for the lens in a new and exciting direction. The idea: a photographer’s guild, right here in Ellicottville. His goal: to gather like-minded photographers to discuss technique, processes, and styles; and to learn from and encourage one another.

Inspired by nature and a childhood spent on Lake Erie, artist Gregg VanHorn transforms weathered rock and driftwood into unique home decor. Available at Ameri-Can, Ellicottville, NY.

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!