ARMONK, N.Y. -- Skip Beitzel's Hickory & Tweed has become an institution in the Town of North Castle.
Beitzel, a Mount Kisco resident who grew up in Chappaqua, was recently honored by the Armonk Chamber of Commerce as its Citizen of the Year. Beitzel has been the owner of Hickory and Tweed, which sells ski and bicycle equipment, for 29 years.
"I'm flattered to be honored in this wonderful town," Beitzel said. "It's a very nice treat."
Though, he admitted he was surprised to receive the honor since there are are many worthy citizens in Armonk.
"It's nice to be recognized by my colleagues in the Chamber," Beitzel said.
Hickory & Tweed first opened 53 years ago. Beitzel worked at the store when he was attending Horace Greeley High School. After going to school in Vermont and working in advertising, Beitzel was given the opportunity to buy the store.
In his 30 years at 410 Main St., Beitzel said he's seen the town explode in recent years, especially with the new Armonk Square development.
"Our customers love the experience they get being in this store," Beitzel said. "It's also a great location since we are in Westchester but so close to Fairfield. We get many customers from Greenwich. I'm just right in the middle of this Armonk explosion."
With winter approaching, Beitzel is getting ready for his busy season. He was excited about the snowfall in Maine and about his customers inquiring about the latest fashions.
"We have good conversations with our customers," Beitzel said. "We get to know them and understand what their needs are. We take the time to listen."
He also doesn't mind giving advice. Asked about his top ski picks, Beitzel said he likes all kinds of skis, but Volkl and Dynastar rank among some of his favorites. As for where you can find him sloshing in his off time? That would be Windham Ski Resort, Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont and Alta, Utah.
The bike shop, which he added to the store's repertoire 25 years ago, helps keep Hickory & Tweed afloat during the spring and summer, though he admits bike products have gotten more popular and are now sold year round.
"People in Armonk support local businesses," said Beitzel. "They believe in shopping local."
For more information, visit the store's website or call 273-3397.
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