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Articles in "Downtown Ellicottville"

Ellicottville Historical Society is planning multiple events to celebrate 200 years of your favorite ski town. This is the first of a four part series on the Bicentennial Celebration. 

Adventure Bound onthefly isn't closing; in fact, the outdoor store, which reopened in 2015, remains as prevalent as ever. But owners John and Christy Rounds recognized they needed a change, and Ellicottville Coffee Company was born.

Ellicottville’s summertime remains the best kept secret (until now), utilizing a myriad of warm weather activities coupled with the same amount of small town charm.

The Boardroom Snowboard Shop saw the momentum of Burton Step On carry into Year 2, selling out of inventory at a rapid pace. The snowboard industry’s continued experiments with blended cambers put brands like Lib Tech, Burton and Salomon all at the top of the list. Anon’s m4 goggle, with a magnetic lens change system and magnetic facemask integration, was a home run in its first season. Select product at The Boardroom is now on sale, and discounts will continue until the end of the season and The Legion Sale! (March 16th & 17th) .

Businesses strive for healthy growth. Whether increasing revenue by a few percentage points every year or expanding regional reach, a growing business means things are good. Since Sean Cornelius took over as president of the Weed Ross Insurance Agency in 2016, a combination of savvy insurance knowledge and a loyal customer base helped to reaffirm Weed Ross as one of Ellicottville’s premier agencies. When the opportunity presented itself to grow, he jumped at it.

Most villages across the United States put up a Christmas Tree to celebrate the holiday season. It’s more tradition than anything else, and Ellicottville was no different. The tree would go up in time for the annual ‘Christmas in Ellicottville’ event, it’d be lit, and … we would go about our regular holiday festivities. It was just another Christmas Tree … until last year. 

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.