Entertainment, Shops, Food and Fun Await

By Alicia Dziak

The shops! The nightlife! The food! With dozens of specialty shops, eateries, and lodging accommodations, Ellicottville packs so much to see and do into a small town. The hustle and bustle will surely keep you busy and coming back for more.

To help you with your village wanderings, we’ve assembled a short guide for your convenience. By all means, visit these places, as their brief description certainly can’t do justice to all the fabulous things you’ll find.


Shopaholics will find no trouble spending a day browsing the shops in Ellicottville. With a variety of boutiques, offering everything from clothing and footwear, to home décor, furniture and accessories, you’re sure to find that unique item that you can’t find just anywhere.

A Touch of Ellicottville, at 28 Washington St., offers unique gifts and Ellicottville souvenirs to fit every budget.


Alexandra, at 10 Washington St.,  boasts an eclectic collection of jewelry, gifts, pottery, books, cards, stationary, party ware and toys for all ages.

Après, at 23 Washington St., carries a wide variety of clothing and accessories for men, women and children.

Betsy’s Consignments, at 34 Washington St., offers high-end consignments for men, women and children.

Caméléon, at 31 Washington St., features beads, jewelry and other accessories from top brands such as Alex and Ani and Vera Bradley.

Daff Dry Goods, at 17 Washington St., offers sturdy and stylish clothing and footwear for men, women and kids, including top brands such as Ugg, Dansko, Teva, Reef, Patagonia and more.

Earth Arts, at 24 Washington St., features functional and decorative works by artists from across the country and around the world.

The Ellicottville Quilt Shop, at 19 Jefferson St., boasts a selection of fabrics, as well as books, patterns, notions and supplies.

EVL Ink and Apparel, at 5 Washington St., offers unique clothing and accessories.

Flurry & Co., at 12 Monroe St., many name brand lines and a huge array of accessories, from belts and handbags to scarves and jewelry.

Gado-Gado, at 26 Monroe St., features unique items from around the world. With its selection of beautifully crafted tops, dresses, sweaters, skirts, pants and accessories, you’ll find something completely different to set your style apart from the usual chain and department store offerings.


Kazoo II, at 18 Washington St., offers gifts, home accessories, jewelry and toys.

Nature’s Remedy, at 26 Monroe St., is a natural health and organic foods market that offers high quality whole foods and supplements.

Nouriche, at 14 Washington St., offers exclusive, eco-friendly styles for women at great prices, unique canine gear and accessories for men.

The Purple Doorknob, at 9 Monroe St., is a truly one-of-a-kind sock shop boasting three floors of all kinds of socks, as well as tights, leggings, gloves and accessories.

Tangled Twigs, at 1 Monroe St., features home and garden décor, fun accessories and nature-inspired gifts.

Ski Shops

Of course, there’s no shortage of ski shops in Ellicottville, offering the latest selection of skis, snowboards, outerwear, helmets and more. Knowledgeable staff will help you get just what you need to hit the slopes in style and comfort.

The Boardroom Ski Shop, on Route 219, features a selection of skis, snowboards, goggles, helmets and more.

City Garage, at 5 Monroe St., is a fun ski shop with a friendly, knowledgeable staff and a wide selection of hard goods, soft goods and accessories.


Do-op Gear Shop, at 34 Washington St., features a large selection of sunglasses, helmets, goggles, watches and more.


Dekdebruns Ski Shop, at 18 Washington St., offers the latest and greatest fashions in clothing and equipment.

Mud Sweat N’ Gears, at 18 Monroe St., is a down-to-earth ski and snowboard shop with loads of outdoor equipment, gear and high-tech clothing.


Red Door Ski Shop, at 11 Washington St., features seasonal ski apparel so you’re always on the cutting edge of fashion on the slopes and around town.

Of course, the ski resorts offer ski shops as well. Don’t miss the great selection of gear at Holiday Valley and HoliMont. Fall Fest weekend also brings the annual ski swap to Creekside Lodge at Holiday Valley, both Saturday and Sunday.

Gourmet Shops

Hungry for some specialty foods? Ellicottville’s gourmet shops await. Buy a tasty treat to snack on or bring the taste of Ellicottville home with you. With hundreds of items stocked in each store, you’re sure to savor the choices.

Dom’s Butcher Block, at 38 Washington St., is an old-school butcher shop that offers the finest cuts of meats for any occasion, including smoked meats, fresh-made beef jerky, beef sticks and smoked turkey legs.


EVL Cheese Company, at 5 East Washington St., offers hundreds of gourmet cheeses, including the wildly popular Cuba Cheese Shoppe New York State cheddar and cheese curd.


Watson’s Chocolates, at 27 Washington St., makes you feel like a kid again, with endless chocolate-covered goodies, sponge candy and more.

Wine, Spirits, Craft Brews

Need to unwind with some wine, re-energize with some fine spirits or great craft brews to-go? Ellicottville has got you covered with local favorites, as well as popular items from
around the world.

A 10 Monroe St., you’ll find E-Ville Spirits & Wines, featuring a vast selection of spirits and wines from all over the world.


Kwik Fill/Red Apple, at 49 Washington St., offers a variety of craft brews in the refrigerated Beer Cave for on-the-go convenience.


The Village Wine Rack, located at 5 East Washington St. in the Village Center plaza, stocks an impressive selection of wines and holds daily wine tastings.

The Winery of Ellicottville, located at 14 Monroe St, is an award-winning New York winery with more than 20 wines offered every day for tasting and for sale, as well as fun wine-themed gifts. The winery offers tours as well.



If you’re a fan of craft beers, you’ll love the selection available right here in Ellicottville. Pale ales, lagers, ambers and more — you’ll find it all here, and you won’t be disappointed .

Ellicottville Brewing Company, at 28 Monroe St., with its outdoor beer garden, offers more than two dozen styles of brew. Stop by for live music by The Informers, Big Leg Emma and Hit & Run.

John Harvard’s Brewery and Ale House at Holiday Valley offers 20 or more (many award-winning!) beers on tap. Can’t decide? Try a flight and choose a variety to find your favorite. John Harvard’s also offers an extensive menu with a variety of tasty fare all year long.


Restaurants & Music

You’re sure to work up an appetite during a day of fun in Ellicottville, and luckily, the eatery options are plenty. Whether you’re craving casual bar food or upscale cuisine, the local restaurants offer up everything from soups and salads to steak and seafood.

Balloons Restaurant, at 20 Monroe St., features pizza, sandwiches, burgers, soups and salads. This weekend, enjoy live music inside, as well as outside under the tent, by The Porcelain Bus Drivers, The Ozone Rangers, Black Widow, Randle and the Late Night Scandals, Funktional Flow and The Strangers.

The Barn, at 7 Monroe St., offers a selection of specialty sandwiches and wraps, as well as chicken, seafood and steak entrees.

Bike and Bean, at 30 Washington St., offers food with a Mexican flair, and specializes in all kinds of healthy burritos as well as fruit smoothies for takeout.

The Birdwalk Restaurant, located at 5816 Route 242, a short drive from the village, this charming restaurant serves dinner, with entrees that include seafood, pasta, steak and more.

The Gin Mill, at 20 Washington St., features a variety of burgers, sandwiches, dinner entrees and appetizers. Check out live music during Fall Fest weekend by the Joe Wagner Band on Friday and 2 Guys Drinkin’ Beer on Sunday.


Katy’s Café, at 10A Washington St. in Ellicottville, offers a variety of homemade baked goods, coffee, salads and sandwiches.

Madigan’s, at 36 Washington St., offers appetizers, burgers, sandwiches and more. Check out their enlarged upstairs deck.

Tim & Bonnie’s, at 8 Bristol Lane, features a variety of pizza, wings, subs and more. Local delivery is also available or stay for a game of bowling at the attached EVL Bowling.

Tim Hortons, on Route 219 right as you approach or leave Ellicottville, offers a selection of baked goods, coffee and more.

Tips Up Café, an Ellicottville staple located at 32 Washington St., features pizza and other Italian entrees, as well as burgers, seafood and steak in their remodeled dining room.


Coming Soon!

The Armor Inn will soon be opening a new location at 5 Washington St., attached to the Kwik Fill building. It will feature a variety of barbecue, appetizers and salads with a family-friendly focus.


Cadillac Jack’s, with its new location at 24 Monroe St. opening soon, will offer upscale gourmet meals and a sizeable beer and wine list. The new restaurant will feature a large patio and outdoor dining.


It’s no wonder so many people flock to Ellicottville for Fall Fest weekend and year round. Ellicottville is chock full of all the amenities you’d expect from a large resort town, but with a small town, friendly feel.