By Caitlin Croft

The Village of Ellicottville has changed so much over the years. Businesses have come and gone and buildings have changed, but a few of these businesses have managed to survive the long haul. Taking years of business experience running Dina’s and Mud, Sweat & Gears, Dina DiPasquale and Kim Reading have decided to team up to bring The Tee Bar: With a Twist to the Village.

This clever name is a spinoff of the now antiquated way to get up a ski hill, a T-Bar. Now this isn’t going to be another bar where we find visitors and locals alike whooping it up. This will be a tee shirt shop selling tee shirts and soft serve ice cream.

Dina and Kim are two of Ellicottville’s seasoned travelers as well, and I asked if on their journey, they have come across many tee shirt shops and where their inspiration came from. “We have been to a lot of tee shirt shops over the years and thought adding soft serve would be a great twist [pun intended],” DiPasquale tells me.

There will also be tacos and sandwiches made with Dina’s homemade cookies, along with milkshakes, which you can add pieces of candy to. For now, there will only be the classics available in soft serve— vanilla, chocolate and of course, twist! Most of the products will be sourced locally from their friends at PDI Cones. For the future, they hope to expand their selection of treats to candies and confectionaries.

On the tee shirt end, Reading tells me they will have men’s, women’s and youth sizes and designs. All shirts will be locally branded resort wear and some were printed locally as well! You will be able to enjoy your ice cream in the Retro Lounge, which has been one of DiPasquale’s projects. DiPasquale is already known for styling and designing many homes and businesses in the surrounding area and village. This is a whole new type of project that DiPasquale has been thrilled to sink her teeth into!

The Tee Bar: With a Twist will add about five new jobs to the village and they have an expected opening date of July 14. There will also be public WiFi so you can surf the internet while you chow down on some ice cream.

I asked the ladies why now? They told me they had been thinking about this business venture for a long time. They have owned the space for five years, so it only made sense with Katy’s moving that it was time to try it out. They also do not want to see a space sit empty, especially one that saw so much traffic before.

Their hours in the summertime are expected to be 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and they plan to say open come winter so customers can enjoy an après dinner treat. Be sure to find them on Facebook or on Instagram @theteebar for the most up to date information on hours and their official opening. You can also use their official hashtag #theteebar when you go get your first tasty treat or tee!

With these powerhouse ladies teaming up on this great new business, I have a feeling they may have lasting presence in our great little community— I know I cannot wait to finally have soft serve in the village!