Respected by all and feared by none. He’s that nice, loveable guy that will get to know your name and always has a smile on his face. Having been in the business since 1983 he has tried just about every piece of clothing for his many excursions. From climbing the Grand Tetons to competing in challenging adventure races, bike races, etc. he will tell you what it takes…(at left: on the summit of Grand Teton).
You might not recognize him in the grocery store because he’s our “behind the scenes” guy. He balances everything from the checkbook to our marketing strategies, places those special orders that make the service at TCO unbeatable, another company and many children. A true family man… You will often see his offspring working for the store during their breaks from school.
You’ll see her running up and down Route 52 on any given day…ask her what she wears to stay comfortable, and she’ll happily tell you. Some of her favorites are the Lole Essential Cardigan, prAna Veeda Wrap, Patagonia Nano Puff pullover and Ugg slippers. Michelle will travel with the best of them and her favorite destinations include Telluride, Santa Fe, Yellowstone and St. John.
Although you will only see Amy in the evenings, she is very active in the outdoors and can offer advice on everything we carry in the store. Her favorites are Patagonia Atom bag, Smartwool socks and she could not live without her ExOfficio Insect Repellant bandana. She works outdoors in her “real” day job, and has come to appreciate many of the great products from the store. Amy also likes to travel and her favorite trip of late was to Scotland and the Orkney Islands, “Like stepping back in time!”
John has extensive experience in the outdoor industry. He was formally a manager at Appalachian Ski and Outdoors in State College. After that, he was a manufacturers rep for Mountain Hardwear and Columbia. He enjoys many outdoor activities including skiing, hunting, fishing and hiking.
Runner, biker, swimmer, hiker… love the outdoors. Sailing in pristine water with friends. Enjoys cooking, gardening and good conversation. Clothes say a lot about a person… confident, healthy, satisfied.
Outdoor lover, educator, yogini, baker, gardener & dog mother. She finds joy in all seasons, though has a special spot in her heart for winter and summer, having traveled to mountains and National Parks worldwide to ride in her Arc’teryx jackets or hike in Chaco Z2s. Favorite places include Colorado’s San Juans, New Zealand’s Southern Alps and the Canadian Rockies. Always happy to talk tacos, destinations and tips on keeping your clothing and gear performing at its best.
As a recent University of Delaware grad, Adam is your environmental guru. With a degree in Environmental Science he’s going back to school for his Geographic Information Systems certificate. A lover of all things outdoors, you can find Adam biking around Newark or searching for new spots to go climbing. If you need help shopping for gear, or even want to talk cooking, Adam is your guy. His favorite brands include Patagonia, prAna, and SmartWool.
You will find Steph in a 2nd grade classroom during the day instilling a love of learning, positivity, kindness and passion for life and seeing the beauty of the world in her students. When she isn’t at school you will find her crafting, spending time outside with Dane (her adventurous other half) and her fur children Maisy and Buddy. Other favorites include: cycling, kayaking, playing ultimate frisbee and learning yoga! Oh…and Steph probably has the bag, clothing or shoe you’re looking at so ask her how she likes it.
Brandon is an Outdoor Education Major from the University of Delaware and a Regional Shade and Color Manager, North America for Gore-Tex products since 1998. He’s an avid runner and wear tester of Gore-Tex products (well-tested, in fact, at the Philadelphia Gore-Tex Marathon in 2015, loves soccer…playing, coaching and watching the Philadelphia Union, and loves hiking the local spots (Fair Hill Natural Resource Area, White Clay Creek, Middle Run Valley, The Laurels Preserve). When he’s not at TCO you’ll find him camping with his son and girlfriend (fellow TC Outfitter, Amy B.) His favorite brands are Arcteryx, Patagonia & OR.
Ally comes to us all the way from Iowa. She has a background working in outdoor retail and conservation. She loves being outside whether it’s hiking, kayaking, or sitting on the patio enjoying her morning coffee. Her favorite place to do anything outside is Montana and can’t wait until she can visit again. When Ally is not at work, she is checking off hikes out of her “50 Hikes in Eastern PA” book.
Having just completed a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in September 2016, Clare is your girl for backpacking knowledge. With a degree in Ecology and background as a certified Wilderness First Responder and Leave No Trace Master Educator, she can help you plan your next trip from what’s in your pack to your first aid kit essentials to your ethical responsibility in the backcountry. Clare is a tried and true nature girl and you can find her hiking, downhill skiing, kayaking, and rock climbing when whenever she gets the time. And of course she’s already planning her next long-distance hike! You’ll never find Clare without her Chaco Z/1 classic sandals or something made by Patagonia.
You may see David on his bike on Naaman’s Creek Road on the way to Trail Creek for his shift, but during his free time he can be found hiking or biking the many trails in Northern Delaware and Southern Chester County with his friends or his children. When not hiking or biking, David enjoys reading or spending time in his basement studio where he creates story materials that teach about the Quaker faith for his Meetings and Quaker Meetings throughout the U.S.
Plant geek, itinerant farmer, and professional rump shaker – Chelsea will bowl you over with her enthusiasm and good cheer. When not at Trail Creek or working with native plants at North Creek Nurseries, she’s with her trusty traveling companion, Gulliver, and her comrade-in-arms, Kevin. Together, they like to wander the back roads and country paths in search of the ever elusive good sniffs, local flora, and a solid pint. Catch her for her insights on good rugged pants that stand the test of crawling through muck (she’s had her prAna Halle’s for years) or how a pair of Keen’s can get you through a hard slog – or come by just to bolster your spirits with a good story. She’s more than happy to help.
Hotel California: Cat started in 2004, worked for many years in sales, started the Facebook page, helped with the first 5 Film Festivals and lots of other events. She left to raise her young and test some other employment opportunities, only to find that Trail Creek is much like Hotel California because of the amazing vibe and excellent products. Back again to help with the new Kennett location, Cat works part-time and loves helping our Kennett community find solutions to their outdoor (or simply style) needs.
Alex is a sales associate working mainly over at our Kennett location. She is from Unionville, PA and graduated from Roanoke College. In her free time Alex likes to run, walk her pup Maya, and have happy hour outside. Her fave product from TCO is her Birkenstock sandals, so comfy!!
Amy loves to squeeze the most fun out of each day….never sweating the small stuff. She can be found running the trails at The Laurels…training for the upcoming Trial Creek Running series…getting turns in on her snowboard or cheering on the Philadelphia Union. She is a lover of animals, healthy lifestyles and getting lost in the woods for the weekend camping/hiking. She admits to being Patagonia obsessed, relying on SmartWool socks to keep her feet warm and dry, wearing prAna for climbing, always hiking in her Chaco sandals and loves her Arc’teryx Atom Hoody for cold windy days. Amy’s favorite travel spots have been Montana, Mexico, and Kauai. She’s always looking forward her next adventure.
Our newest store dog – oh, so sweet! When she is not napping, she is playing with everyone and everything.
She is still a handful, even if not the youngest any longer. Hannah can entertain all who enter and show an interest. She will kill you with love!
1997 – 2009 R. I. P. She was the best.