Book Your Stay at the BrickStone Suites
By Alicia Dziak
Elegance and history meet comfort and convenience just steps from everything Ellicottville. Whether you’re in EVL to ski, shop, eat, dance, unplug or reconnect, why not treat yourself to a place to call your temporary home that’s close to it all at the all-new BrickStone Suites, located in the heart of the Village at Monroe and Washington Streets?
The building at 26-28 Washington Street, which formerly housed DJs restaurant, was purchased by The Gin Mill owners Ed and Maribeth Rick early this year. The extensive renovations the Ricks have made have brought back the original look and feel of the historic building’s exterior, which Ed says dates back well over a century. While some records were destroyed by fire, he knows that “this building is pre-1870.”
Working toward that goal was no easy feat. Ceilings were raised, original windows restored and brick walls were exposed, leading to the fitting name and tagline the BrickStone Suites: “Historic elegance in the heart of Ellicottville.”
“Everything has been done locally, with the exception of the brick work,” Ed adds.
Work on the second floor, which has housed apartments for many years, began in April. The Rick’s renovated the entire floor to create five rental units — two efficiencies with beds, a bath and a kitchenette, and three one-bedroom units, each with a bedroom, living room with sofa bed, bath and kitchen with full size appliances. All are accessed by an entrance on Monroe Street.
Two of the units face the front of the building and share a large new balcony space overlooking the main drag on Washington Street. Each unit features earthy tones that complement the exposed brick and natural light, as well as unique furnishings.
“A lot of thought went into the colors and the decorating,” Maribeth said, adding that the units include “all linens, dishes, HDTV and WiFi.”Everything is there!”
Behind the gorgeous interiors, Ed emphasized how much insulation was installed. “We’re on a noisy street here so wanted to make sure the suites are soundproof,” he said.
Those booking a stay for two weeks or longer receive access to the suites’ laundry room at no charge. And let’s face it—winter parking in Ellicottville can sometimes be a challenge. The Ricks said that parking will be available for a charge.
Come spring, the Ricks will be back to work remodeling the first floor interior of the building facing Washington Street. “It will be all wood and windows,” Maribeth explained. Plans include opening a restaurant on the first floor.
The BrickStone Suites are available for rent starting in mid-December, but can be booked now through ERA VP Realty (www.myteamvp.com). The minimum stay for an efficiency unit is two nights and the preferred minimum stay for the one-bedroom units is seven nights.