After seven years, the owners of Wigwam Western Summit are selling the business – Berkshire Eagle

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Sunset at the Wigwam

A look at Wigwam Western Summit, and its spectacular view, from 2019. Owners Wayne Gelinas and Lea King are ready to sell the business and property.




NORTH ADAMS — After seven years of toil and success, the owners of Wigwam Western Summit are selling the business.

Lea King and Wayne Gelinas have turned the property, boasting a pristine view from Florida Mountain of North Adams and the surrounding mountains, into a popular roadside attraction and more.

The couple, who recently got engaged, decided to inch closer to retirement, though King notes other ongoing business ventures.



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Wigwam Western Summit owners Wayne Gelinas and Lea King are ready to sell the business and property, but say they’ll always have fond memories of what they built. 




“We want to see this as a time to celebrate,” King said. “It’s more a graduation than the death of an era. When people look at a dilapidated property, they can look to the Wigwam to see what it could be.”

For an asking price of $1.5 million, a buyer could take over what King called a turnkey operation, including retail business, a cafe and lodging — four cabins, a lodge and an apartment. All furniture, furnishings, tools, websites, phone numbers, vendors, bakers, fudge makers and local crafters are included.

In the meantime, the Wigwam remains open; King and Gelinas urged buyers to act before the ultra-busy leaf peeping season, when Wigwam and the other businesses near the famed hairpin turn become royalty. They said they’d also be willing to stay on as advisers to make sure the transition goes smoothly.

The business and property are listed with William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty by listing agent Jeffrey Loholdt.

The couple led a reporter around the property Friday, proudly showing off their favorite views, the individual fireplaces and spaces for cabin dwellers, the fruits of their past and future partnerships with local artists and the community.



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Wigwam Western Summit owners Wayne Gelinas and Lea King are ready to sell the business and property. They took over the property in 2018.




The story of Wigwam, they said, started with Gelinas, who has lived in the area since the 1980s, driving by the variety of businesses that had once been where Wigwam stands today, and wondering, “What if?”

“This is very much a story of the native son who came and restored the property he loved,” King said.

Going from “What if” to “sure thing” wasn’t easy. The owners have enacted infrastructure, parking lot, roof, septic, well, electric, a kitchen, a “Sky Bar” and other improvements, repairs and additions, and made the property not only a shop/cafe but a resort of sorts.

With multiple features in Yankee Magazine for their perpetually sold-out accommodations, and wide praise for their pour-over and cold brew coffee, King said she feels that they’ve made their mark.



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Wigwam Western Summit owners Lea King and Wayne Gelinas standing at the front entrance of their store on Friday. The two are ready to sell the business and property.




“It’s really time to see my kids — I have two children, my son is a professional basketball player in China, and my daughter is starting her Ph.D. program at Brown in religious studies,” King said. “For five years, I haven’t been able to go to any of his games, and for three years I haven’t been able to visit my daughter when she was in Chicago.”

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