By Mary Heyl

Known as the County Seat, Little Valley is home to more than the County Courthouse and the Department of Motor Vehicles. The next time you have a free weekend, head to Little Valley, just minutes west of Ellicottville on Route 242! Although the village has been around since the War of 1812, two new businesses have brought the historic downtown a modern twist and some new energy.

A great place to begin your morning is the Coffee Talk Creamery located at 130 Main Street. Rebecca Myhre, owner of the Brywood Spa and tanning salon, also on Main Street, opened the café just under a year ago, much to the delight of local coffee lovers. Coffee Talk Creamery serves a variety of hot beverages including lattes, cappuccinos, hot chocolate, homemade chai, tea and other specialty drinks. For those looking for colder refreshments, try one of Coffee Talk’s iced coffees or blended coffee drinks, and this summer, Perry’s ice cream and homemade milkshakes returns to the menu. In the morning, Coffee Talk makes breakfast sandwiches to order and also serves L.A. Cinnamon toast. At lunch time, they offer a variety of homemade soups, paninis, salads and wraps. Coffee Talk Creamery is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursdays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to accommodate visitors’ evening ice cream cravings.

Just a few doors down at the corner of Main and Rt. 242 is the Bear Brick, Little Valley’s newest sports bar and grill. Owners Barry and Brandy Starks opened its doors on Saturday, Feb. 28 and have been enjoying their new venture. With six draft beers on tap and four flat-screen televisions, including a 65-inch flat-screen above the bar, the Bear Brick is the perfect place to tune in to all your favorite sporting events. It’s  also a great place to enjoy lunch or dinner, as the menu includes wings, jalapeno poppers, deep fried mushrooms, hot subs, salads, pizza, specialty burgers and more. Plus, the Bear Brick’s kitchen is open until closing time.

On Saturday, March 21, the Bear Brick celebrated its grand opening with live music and there’s more to come: a live band will be playing on Saturday, April 18. The Bear Brick is open Tuesday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to midnight (Happy Hour is from 4 to 7 p.m.) and Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 2 a.m. The Bear Brick is also open on Sundays for limited hours: call 938-4001 for more details or to call in your carry-out order.

Of course, while you’re in town, you’ll want to get some shopping done at Vail Hardware, which is known for having so much more than hardware! Located at 104 Main Street, Vail’s has been a part of the community since 1910, and this family-owned and operated business plans to serve the community for many more years to come. As the name suggests, there is no shortage of tools, hardware, remodeling supplies, and cleaning supplies, plus lots of power tools that are available to rent. Shoppers can also find a range of automotive supplies, pet supplies and paint for that summer remodeling project. What sets Vail Hardware apart from the rest is its charming gift shop. Decorative signs, votive candles, cookie cutters, gifts, holiday decorations and more make this store a destination, not just another stop on an errand list. For your convenience, Vail Hardware is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Whether you need to visit the county offices, pick up some new garden tools or are looking for a fun day out, Little Valley has some great spots to shop and eat while you’re in town. Find all these businesses on Facebook or visit to plan your visit.