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.
With Trail Creek for over 15 years, she knows the details about every item and order in the store. She enjoys trips to Maine; hiking in Costa Rica, Japan, China, and Europe (to name a few); and taking her dog, Skye, for walks every day at BVA or the Laurels. Her last backpacking expedition was at Glacier National Park in Montana. Sarah also keeps very busy raising her son Bodie and making sure the myriad of orders that need to get in by deadline are done. Considered one of the best buyers in the industry, (we hear that from many of our competitors) Trail Creek is lucky to have her as one of the team!
Coming from a retail background, Ellie keeps the wheels headed in the right direction. She is an active runner and has participated in many of the TCO team events and loves to travel, her favorite locale being the English countryside in the UK. Ellie also works behind the scenes with receiving the great products that make Trail Creek the go-to-store for our customers.
It’s her laugh you love to hear, which leaves a ringing in your ear. She brings to Trail Creek much cheer, although she only works part of the year. She’s always around for the holiday, because her company (DIG IT! Landscape and Garden Designs) hibernates in the winter days. She has much experience in the outdoors, so let her knowledge impress you inside Trail Creek doors.
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.
Our resident expert skier has experienced the Alps, the Rockies, the Sierras, to name a few. She grew up in Sweden where the saying “There is no bad weather, only bad clothing.” originates from and she knows all about how to stay warm and dry. Her favorites include Icebreaker base layers, Kuhl pants, and Arc’teryx jacket. When not on the slopes or in the store, she hangs out with her family, hikes and bikes.
Yoga enthusiast and studio owner (Transcend Wellness and Yoga, Chadds Ford, PA), massage therapist, mother of 3. A dancer from an early age, spent many years on world tour with The Beach Boys. Loves trail running ~ accomplished the Bald Eagle Megatransect mountain marathon in 2009. She’s left her mark on many a trail with vibram five finger shoes. Skier and snowboarder ~ spent numerous years living in and fully enjoying the mountains of Northern Lake Tahoe. You’ll also catch her hiking, camping, and on the beach… reminiscent of days lived on the island of Maui. Loves: Patagonia Down Sweater, PrAna yoga pants and tops, and would live in Olukai flip flops if she could. Aloha!
Trail Creek’s CrossFit girl with a smile! When you come in, do not be afraid to grab Emily for advice not only on our clothing and gear, but on training and nutrition as well! She graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and Nutrition. She is a full time trainer, as well as a competitive athlete at CrossFit Explode in West Chester, PA. She loves training in her Inov-8s, and an array of our Prana tights.
The better half of Brian. She is active in tennis, zumba, and running. You can usually find her in her favorite piece, the Patagonia Nano Puff jacket. Joanne enjoys gardening, cooking and providing her homemade cookies for special events.
Our baby employee here at Trail Creek is enjoying her senior year of high school at Kennett. Alex is currently a starting defender on the girls’ lacrosse team. She is planning on attending school in the fall to study environmental sciences. Her brand of choice is Patagonia.
She loves to hike and knows some European mountains like her own backyard. On her to-do-list is finding as many American trails as possible where her ASOLO boots can get some action. In the summer she will build an Adobe oven and bake delicious bread. By the way: Her dog’s name is Scruffy.
She is a horse enthusiast. Riding for 13 years and playing polo for two, Kait is most comfortable in a barn. She loves hiking in the White Clay Creek Preserve and has enjoyed multiple snowboarding trips out to Snowmass, CO. She loves her Patagonia Better Sweater and Merrell shoes.
In addition to working at TCO, Michele is a horticulturist at Winterthur Museum and Gardens. She loves trail running, hiking and yoga. Favorite items are the Marmot Furlong jacket and the North Face Flight Series™
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.
A recent graduate from Smith College, Allison is an art enthusiast, runner, skier, rower, and yoga newbie. Although she is always up for an adventure, she especially enjoys running through Ridley Creek State Park and sailing off the coast of Maine. You can almost always find her carrying her Nalgene bottle and wearing her favorite Smartwool socks.
A recent college graduate, and just back from a two-month, 12,000 mile road trip of camping and hiking in many of the U.S.’s beautiful national parks, Adelle has always loved the outdoors. Some of her favorite activities include running, hiking, camping and skiing. You could likely spot her running or hiking with her yellow lab at the BVA or the Laurels multiple times a week. Her favorites include her Patagonia Integral Jacket and Smartwool t-shirt.
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.
John is our “go-to” guy at Trail Creek. John has done it all and knows exactly what equipment is needed for any activity. He is an avid ice climber and is the only person around here who doesn’t want the winter to end. Come on in and ask John about one of his adventure stories or advice on how to outfit yourself for you next adventure.
Chris is a lover of the arts. Where might you find him on a Saturday night? Probably performing with his guitar at one of the local pubs. When the sun is out you can be sure to find Chris on the golf course, on the basketball court or serenading beautiful women in the park. If you are looking for a cool outfit, Chris is the guy to ask.
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.
Her beauty is breathtaking. She keeps a keen eye out for any friendly child or adult that is willing to spend some time with her, she loves her dog bed, and everyone is welcome to pet her as much as they want.
She’s still a handful. The youngest member of the team, she can entertain all who enter and show an interest. She will kill you with love!
1997 – 2009 R. I. P. She was the best.