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Brian Havertine & Ed Camelli, co-owners of Trail Creek Outfitters, smile when they talk about having a hashtag—an unheard-of concept when they opened for business in 1983. But #morethanastore is more than a motto—it encapsulates their dedication to supporting the community in creative, thoughtful ways.
TCO has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to numerous nonprofits over the past three decades. Their popular annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival benefits nonprofits including The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County and Stroud Water Research Center, and their five-race Trail Run series raises awareness and money for important causes. Through generous support from both suppliers and customers, their recent “Brands That Give Back” initiative raised thousands for local environmental organizations. None of this would be possible, they say, without loyal customers who buy local to support small businesses.
“Our mission is to outfit your free time with great products,” says Ed. Together with their top-notch team, they’re passionate about offering quality merchandise and friendly customer service.
Since opening their Glen Mills location 28 years ago, Brian and Ed debated opening a second store before finding a place on State Street. “We saw the vibrant growth in Kennett Square and love the vibe, small-town feel, special events.” Through their “1% for Kennett” campaign, TCO donates 1% of every sale to support a different local charity every six months. This winter, proceeds will go towards coats for kids through Operation Warm.
“But it’s not just about the checkbook,” Brian says. “These projects are from our hearts.” For Brian and Ed, giving back is a natural part of caring for Southern Chester County and the people who live here. They keep bus—with most days being at work. “It’s a labor of love, and we’re a family,” they say.