ELLICOTTVILLE,N.Y. (WIVB) — The Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce says summer has become the prime time for visitors in the village.
“Ellicottville is one of those communities where there is always something going on,” said Brian McFadden, the executive director for the chamber of commerce.
With more than 1.7 million annual guests, more than 50% of those people are now coming during the warmer months. The commerce director says it is a shift that has happened over the last few years.
“Folks are spending more time outdoors with kids,” said McFadden. “We then changed our MO here to promote more of an outdoor adventure community.”
With more visitors coming year round, businesses are extending their seasons and opening their doors during the summer.
“There’s a whole section of town people don’t get to see,” said Tyler Burns, one of the owners of Ellicottville Bike Rentals, a new company which opened this year in the space where the Boardroom, a snowboarding gear shop, is located during the winter months.
Opening a bike rental shop is a lifelong dream for Burns and Spencer Timkey, whose parents own the Boardroom. He say the increased seasonal tourism is causing people like him to have to be creative with what service they’re offering people.
“Winter was not very good,” said Timkey. “We were thinking about ways to fill a niche in Ellicottville’s booming summer business and said ‘Lets do bike rentals.'”
He says seeing summers pick up in the village made him want to get onboard with small business ownership.
“Sometimes you have to roll the dice take a chance and be confident in it,” said Timkey.
The two millennials were confident enough to put their own money into launching EBR.
“Within the couple of weeks we’ve been open were growing already,” said Burns.
For more information about Ellicottville tourism, visit this website.
And if you’re interested in reserving a bike from EBR, visit their Facebook page here.