SAM_5481bwBy Jennie Acklin

Ellicottville Country Store and Antiques is an old-fashioned general store and diner, featuring 12 antique dealers throughout the charming building that dates back to the late 1870s. Located at the corner of Routes 242 and 240 in Ashford Junction, it is a short drive east of downtown Ellicottville.

The shelves of the general store are stocked with gourmet kitchenware, old-fashioned penny candy, local maple syrups and honeys, jams, jellies, soup mixes, canning supplies and all kinds of unusual and hard to find “must haves.”

Pine soap is one of the best sellers, along with fresh cheese curds and salt rising breads (brought in fresh every Thursday). Local artists and photographers display their work for sale, along with Amish-made bird feeders in the shapes of cardinals, chickadees and numerous others.

The diner has recently expanded its hours and is now open Wednesday through Sunday.

So whether you come to eat, then browse the various rooms of the store, or come to shop and decide to stay for a plate of stuffed French toast, eggs benedict or the special of the day, you can’t go wrong!

Owner Laura McLeod will soon be headed to fall markets, where she’ll be searching for new merchandise. Be sure to stop in to see what she’s found!