FREWSBURG – Not one, not two, but three new businesses opened in Frewsburg this weekend in what local leaders are hailing an economic rebirth following the pandemic shutdown.
The Cozy Cuckoo Nest, Gnu 2 Ewe and a new ice cream shop, all located along East Main Street, cut the ribbon to their respective storefronts on Saturday morning.
All three ventures rely heavily on their family, including Sean Nord who, alongside his Uncle Ryan, is continuing the third generation of his family’s business the Frewsburger, in their new ice cream operation.
“We have the whole family here working, and I think it shows, maybe as an encouragement to these other businesses, that you can start up with your family, work something, develop something,” explained Nord.
That’s what others are looking to capitalize on as well, including longtime Frewsburg resident turned entrepreneur Nicole Garland who started Gnu 2 Ewe.
“Family and friends were wanting pieces, and I was giving pieces away, and then friends and family say why don’t you consider doing this,” explained Garland. “I was off from work, I’ve worked for 25-years but with the pandemic we were closed, so I had some free time.”
The push in Frewsburg is to bring new life, or at least that’s the plan of Town of Carroll Supervisor Russell Payne.
“We want to revitalize Main Street,” said Payne. “We want to work on the facades of the different businesses, through grant money or CDGB Block Grant money, and attract new businesses.”
Efforts to bring new people in are already paying off, according to The Cozy Cuckoo Nest owner Paula Rondeau.
“For taking a risk during a pandemic, I got lucky,” said Rondeau. “I get a lot of business from outside the area surprisingly, Bradford, Olean, Hamburg and Chautauqua, they are the ones coming into the store and doing business with me.”