By Fred Stabbert III
Town of Delaware Supervisor Ed Sykes sat back in his seat last Wednesday night, looking his...
“There’s a lot of good energy going on in town,” Phil Vallone, local business owner and a Trout Town, USA proud supporter, said.
While some communities have spent the winter climbing over snowbanks, Roscoe has quietly continued its renaissance into a vacation destination.
New businesses are opening along Stewart Ave., while others are investing money and time to refurbish their existing businesses into a welcoming community. “This is all a result of people feeding off of each other’s energy,” Vallone said. “It’s having confidence and commitment to the community.”
And Vallone believes a lot of that confidence comes from Roscoe winning the $25,000 first prize as the 2011 Ultimate Fishing Town from the World Fishing Network Contest and its recent success with Sullivan Renaissance, a county-wide beautification effort sponsored by the Gerry Foundation.
“We are riding the wave,” Vallone said. “You have to start now [before the casino is built]. “You need to get everybody involved,” he said. “We recently hired a marketing company to get the word out.”
One of the projects Vallone is most excited about is a skating rink next to the firehouse at the intersection of Stewart Ave. and Route 206 in the hamlet. “It’s going to be a gem,” Vallone promised. “It will be the first thing you see when you come into town.”
Other projects coming along
Several new businesses have sprouted on Roscoe’s main thoroughfare including NBDC, which replaced Bank of America as the community bank in Roscoe.
A new pharmacy, Medicine Shoppe, also recently opened as well as a small but quaint business called the Bistro.
They join such Roscoe standards as Raimondo’s Italian Restaurant, which refurbished its dining room and expanded its menu along the way.
And what would Roscoe be without its fishing heritage, something Catskill Flies, the Orvis Shop and a host of other stores proudly support throughout the year.
Big Dog Firearms, one of the only gun shops in Sullivan County, also attracts sportsmen to town and a host of great retails shops attract shoppers year round.
Investment starting to happen
“I estimate the value of the different projects going on around town will well exceed $1 million between Northern Farmhouse Pasta, Roscoe Campsite, Roscoe Brewery, Creekside Cabins and the new ice rink,” Vallone said.
Vallone and his wife Donna have been very committed to investing in Roscoe and the newly-refurbished Roscoe Brewery on Rockland Road is sure to become a tourist attraction. Director of Marketing Shannon “Birdie” Feeney said, “We will be celebrating our two-year anniversary on May 8 with a ribbon cutting and day full of live music, food and of course a look inside the new brewing facility.”
Very local contractors have helped every step along the way, from design, plumbing, electric, carpenters and engineering.
“We are creating a new storefront which will replicate Roscoe’s [historic] storefronts,” Feeney said. “We have a few other surprises brewing which you will not see in any other brewery.”
Just last week John Diehl was busy polyurethaning the floor while Will Kleingardner was working on the new bar.
Outside Terry France & Son Construction of Roscoe was busy building the new entrance while Yaun Plumbing was working on the brewing system. Lew Hendrickson Electric was also on site making sure everything was moving along smoothly.
Vallone said CD Trips has already set up a weekly tour starting this summer.
“The bus will run every Thursday from Villa Roma to Livingston Manor and Roscoe,” Vallone said.
One of the stops is sure to be the new Northern Farmhouse Pasta store on Rockland Rd. where Bob and
Jennifer Eckert will soon open their beautiful new store. Already a staple at many farmers markets across the region, the new store is sure to expand business and attract new customers to Roscoe.
Roscoe Campsites, located along the famed Beaverkill River off Old Route 17, is ready to attract a whole new generations of campers to its well-appointed grounds.
And the travelling sportsmen will soon be able to find a ‘Bed and Bath’ on Stewart Ave., as Donna Vallone purchased an office building and is remodeling it.
Behind the building will be a band shell, concession stand and picnic tables, Phil Vallone said.
“It will be a real nice addition [to town],” he said.
Speaking of Donna, Creekside Cabins, which is located on the Willowemoc Creek between Roscoe and Livingston Manor, has also done improvements.
“The cabins were moved closer to the creek and improved,” Vallone said.
Other big news around Roscoe includes Prohibition Distillery expanded its distribution to Italy and Spain. “We received rave reviews,” owner Brian Facquet said.
And Tasse Niforatos, who has owned the famous Roscoe Diner since 1969, was recently awarded the Top Diner in New York State by Business Inside magazine.
And with all the new and improved businesses in Roscoe, visitors are sure to make it must see when they visit Sullivan County.