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Getting to know your neighbor: Ellicottville Country Store ushers in spring, with fresh, new offerings

GREEN THUMB — Ellicottville Country Store & Antiques, located in historic Ashford Junction, recently opened its greenhouse, just in time for Mother’s Day. The new feature houses many annual varieties, as well as some vegetable plants. Hanging flowers are available and customers are invited to make plant requests. Photos by Jessie Owen.
ALL ABOARD — A large, wooden train, including engine, two cars and a caboose, invite small visitors to climb aboard and play engineer.
ASHFORD — The arrival of warm weather brought a new feature to the Ellicottville Country Store & Antiques in Ashford Junction: a greenhouse that opened, just in time for Mother’s Day.

Owner Laura McLeod said that the greenhouse was on the property, when she and her husband Tom acquired the store, and that she had wanted to open the house, from the time the business began, nearly a year ago.

“I made a call, placed the order and they delivered the flowers, just like that,” McLeod said. “The locals just love it.

The greenhouse currently features annuals and some vegetable plants. Hanging flowers dangle above flats of greens, all obtained from Zittel’s Farm Market, an Eden wholesale grower. “They were great. Zittel’s is very helpful,” McLeod said, about her startup greenhouse.

TIME TO SHOP — The store’s newly-expanded gift shop features items from local artisans.

McLeod added that she is able to special-order plants for her customers, upon request.

Another new feature at the store is the addition of a large wooden train, complete with engine, two cars and a caboose. This colorful vehicle was created by McLeod’s father, Frank Rogger, a retired carpenter from North Carolina.

The train, a nod to the historic junction, which houses the country store, welcomes children to climb in and on top of the cars. Engineer hats and whistles are sold, inside the store, lending an authentic feel to the adventure. “This really pushes the store, as a family experience,” McLeod said.

The inside of the store features an expanded gift shop, complete with Amish-made toys and other items, artwork by local artisans, garden statues and more. “We have a little bit of everything,” McLeod said, about the new gift shop addition. “Everything in here changes, continuously.”

The rest of the store features toys, candies, dry goods, lodge cookware, kitchenware, a recently-expanded bulk foods section and more. “Nobody can beat the prices on our herbs and spices,” McLeod said, indicating the shelves of dry goods.

The seasonal room is now offering fishing items, as well as hammocks, wind chimes and other warm-weather goodies.

The upstairs of the store houses an expanded antiques section. “We get new stock in, weekly,” McLeod said. Twelve dealer booths provide customers with a broad selection of items.

All antiques that are priced at $20 or greater will go on sale, for the Memorial Day weekend. While Ellicottville Country Store & Antiques is normally opened Wednesdays – Sundays, it will welcome customers to browse its offerings on Memorial Day, on May 27. “These are all authentic antiques,” McLeod said. “It’s the real thing.”

The store also houses a diner, which is open for breakfast and lunch, on Fridays – Sundays, from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. The store is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sundays from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Ellicottville Country Store & Antiques is located at 5364 Route 242 East, on the corner of Route 240, in Ellicottville. “It’s such a magical building,” McLeod said. “People fall in love, when they walk in the door. It feels so warm and welcoming.”

For more information, call 699-6100.


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