Terra On Trade opens in TryonPublished 12:16am Monday, December 10, 2012
Brooke Walton and John Winchester kept busy Friday, Dec. 7 hanging garments on racks and boards up on the walls as they prepared for Tryon’s Christmas Stroll.
The two are opening Terra On Trade, an outdoor lifestyle boutique specializing in gear and clothing for the avid outdoor lover.
“We own a paddle shop on Lake Keowee but we were looking for something that would be a more year-round deal,” Walton said. “We checked out several places – Greer, Clemson, even Greenville, but nothing fit like Tryon.”
Walton and Winchester own One With the Ride on Lake Keowee where they sell paddleboards and kayaks. They also offer lessons, rentals and paddleboard yoga classes.
Winchester said they have already felt a welcoming feeling from those they’ve met in Tryon. Walton said Bill Crowell of Saluda Forge even helped them with unique shelving for the shop.
“It [Tryon] seems so much more open-minded and progressive, plus everyone has been so nice and enthusiastic about what we’re trying to do,” Winchester said.
The two plan to sell climbing gear, camping necessities, paddleboards, kayaks, a line of natural soaps, jewelry and clothing among other outdoor-themed items.
They will carry clothing lines such as Synergy, an organic women’s clothing, and Carve Designs, an active apparel company for women.
“Their stuff is beautiful – they have great clothes that fit real women,” Walton said.
Meanwhile, males will find a unique line of handmade denim clothing from California.
Accessories include jewelry made by artisans in Tennessee and the Carolinas, as well as Bali and Guatemala, and handmade bamboo sunglasses, Walton said.
The shop will also carry familiar brands such as Kavu and Astral shoes for kayaking.
Terra on Trade plans to open Thursdays-Sundays around noon and remaining open until about 7 p.m. each day. The two said they would finalize hours later this week when the shop officially opens.
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