Our Story - By Skip Beitzel (Owner)
Back in 1961 Hickory & Tweed was founded by Jimmy and Roberta Ross, here in Armonk, NY. Our name pays homage to the origins of the sport itself, with hickory being the wood of choice for first generation skis and tweed wool being the most common layering insulation at the time - hence the name, Hickory & Tweed.
I started working here in 1968 as a high school freshman, and continued on throughout my college years at the University of Vermont. Several years later, in 1985, I left my career in advertising to buy the store from Jimmy. Hickory & Tweed has been in my DNA from the time I first walked in the door back in '61. It's become my passion and second family ever since.
From its early beginnings, Hickory & Tweed has established itself, not only as one of the premier ski & bike shops in the country, but an iconic brand in the ski business. Always based on the knowledge of our passionate staff, Hickory & Tweed’s service and atmosphere has always provided a unique shopping experience.
We look forward to welcoming both our longstanding and new customers alike. If you can’t make it into the shop, we’re now proud to offer many of our products online as well!
We hope you enjoy the H&T Online experience. And, as always, Think Snow!
– Skip Beitzel
Vintage Tweed - 1987