A new convenient store has sprung up at the corner of Washington and Swan in Downtown Buffalo. While many convenient stores are not worth writing home about, Ellicott Square Trading Company has a number of offerings that are noteworthy. That, and the fact that the place is perfectly situated for downtown office workers and loft dwellers alike. This is the exact type of place that I always thought would have occupied the Bernstone’s Cigar Store building in the perfect world (oh well). While we didn’t get it in a stand alone building, the southeast corner of the Ellicott Square Building does do the job, although it can be tough to spot if you’re not paying attention.
Inside the Ellicott Square Trading Company, there are loads of everyday sundries, as well as plenty of specialty items. Each day workers prepare two homemade soups and ready-to-eat hot meal specials (such as turkey dinner and lasagna). The deli also offers items ranging from egg salad to rotisserie chicken, and apple crisp to cannoli (for the ‘sweet tooths’ in the crowd). Then there are the ready-to-go selections, like Charlie The Butcher deli sandwiches. Customers can also find fresh baked rolls and bagels, an on-the-go café, dog bones and toys, a large assortment of frozen lunches and dinners, Johnnie Ryan Soda (made in WNY), beer (including Rusty Chain), baked goods… there’s a sunglasses rack (for Bison’s Baseball game day)… and all sorts of paper goods and other everyday necessities, making this a true one-stop-shop.
Best of all, if you’re planning on taking a hot meal with you, then there is seating inside the Ellicott Square Building, and what could be better than that? There’s even an entrance leading directly from the building’s majestic interior courtyard. The shop is well organized, easy to navigate, uncluttered, fully stocked and well maintained. I wish I could say the same for most corner convenient stores.
Ellicott Square Trading Company is open from approximately 6am to around 7pm and will soon be open on weekends – Ellicott Development is still testing out the hours of operation. Longer hours on Sabres and Bisons game days.