Ed – Owner
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).
Brian – Owner
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.
Sarah – Manager/Buyer
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 Tempest jacket. When not on the slopes or in the store, she hangs out with her family, hikes and bikes.
Our do everything outdoor guy. He rides, snowboards, runs, climbs and has done it all over the world. Recent trips to Europe and Canada have reminded him how important the right gear can really improve your adventure. He loves his Patagonia Arreveto jacket and Chacabuco daypack as well as his PrAna pants and shorts not only for travel but any climbing excursion. Scott also enjoys all his North Face Flight Series gear for running along the Brandywine or tearing up all the various trails in the tri-state area on his mountain bike.
Vast product knowledge makes Chris one of our unique sales associates. An avid climber, hiker, and trekker, Chris knows and loves the outdoors. Come in and ask him about the Appalachian Trail, Barbour, Blundstone or any of our brands and he won’t fail to impress.
John has been climbing for over 35 years. He loves lousy weather.
After spending the past 6 years adventuring out in Colorado, Annie recently moved back to the area. She lives for the outdoors and any physical activity. Hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, crossfit, she loves it all! Jackson Hole is her favorite spot and Patagonia is her forever brand and dominates her wardrobe. Come in and swap adventure stories or ask which jacket holds up best out on the western slopes.
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.
Ironman and several marathons are only a couple things Thomas has under his belt. Along with undergoing medical evaluations to join the Navy Seals, he is an avid surfer, backpacker, and snowboarder. He is also occasionally a lab rat for Gore and Adidas. His favorite products are the Arc’teryx Alpha SL and Patagonia R2 jacket.
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™
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!
Acorn 1997 – 2009 R. I. P. She was the best.