With the fresh snow of the New Year, skiers and snowboarders may find themselves taking an inventory of all their cold-weather apparel needed to embrace a full day on the slopes. Families with young children, in particular, may find that last winter’s jackets and snow pants no longer adequately cover the longer limbs of their young wearers. While the lure of online shopping may seem a viable option for children’s outerwear, the incredible variety and personable customer service of The Red Door, located at 11 Washington Street in downtown Ellicottville, makes it a one-stop destination for winter outerwear for the entire family.
Step through The Red Door and take in the beautiful variety of ski wear and winter street wear for the recreational and fashionable shopper alike. Women’s and men’s ski jackets made by The North Face, Spyder, Killtec and Columbia come in all colors and levels of warmth. Durable and stylish boots from Sorel, Ugg, and Columbia are also available for men and women in various colors, sizes and styles. The Red Door also has a host of cozy clothing perfect for warming up inside after a long day on the slopes: choose from a variety of men’s and women’s layering pieces by Underarmour and knitted Scandinavian sweaters that are as warm as they are handsome.
Just a few steps beyond the two rooms of men’s and women’s apparel lies the children’s room, a floor-to-ceiling variety of outerwear, accessories, footwear, and so much more. In the words of Liz Boberg, manager of The Red Door, “We have the largest children’s room in the area with sizes available from 2T to 18.” Indeed, children of all ages can be outfitted from head to toe in the finest quality outerwear by such companies as Columbia, The Northface, Spyder, Obermeyer and Killtec. “What’s truly remarkable,” explained Boberg, “is that you can buy your child a jacket that is every bit as well-made and durable as your ski jacket. These companies don’t skimp on quality when it comes to their children’s outerwear lines.”
A prime example of this quality can be observed in the boys’ Killtec ski jacket, which has all of the same features of the adult jacket including an inner pocket for electronics, a removable snow cuff, a heat transfer reflective lining, wrist pockets, and the ever-popular thumb-hole cuff band. Even better, explained Boberg, is that many companies feature “grow-cuffs” in their jackets and pants, which lengthen these crucial areas in children’s apparel so that the wearer can get another season of use out of them. Boberg pointed out the value in investing in this high-quality outerwear for one’s children, as the durable construction of each piece means that it can be passed on with confidence to the next child when it is outgrown. Grow cuffs are available in junior jacket sizes 2-10 and junior pants up to size 18.
The Red Door’s girls’ outerwear, a veritable rainbow of pastels peppered with bright pinks and purples, is both playful and functional. The Mossbud Swirl Reversible Jacket made by The Northface has a pink fuzzy texture on one side with a weatherproof purple lining that can be worn on the outside for a day of robust outdoor activities. This attractive jacket is available in other color combinations such as teal green and gray, and purple and white. Another fun jacket from The Northface is featured at the front of the children’s room: this bright jacket has long, pink fur that can be worn on the outside or on the inside for extra warmth and comfort. Interestingly, many of the companies’ furry fabrics are actually made from recycled plastic bottles, according to Boberg.
In addition to outerwear, the children’s room carries a wide range of layering pieces; these garments are made from performance-level fabric that wicks away moisture but also insulates the body. Hot Chillys’ Pepper Fleece, a popular line of base wear, is available in a range of sizes for children and adults. Besides Spyder’s outerwear collection for children, The Red Door carries Spyder’s Core Series, a line of clothing that is specially made for warmth and fashion. Indeed, the girls’ Mid Mountain Core Sweater with its knitted snowflake pattern and plush lining makes it the perfect garment for the slopes or school. Harder-to-find children’s accessories are available at The Red Door including SmartWool socks and Denali Etip gloves by The North Face, starting for children ages 3 and 4.
The Red Door’s larger “parent store,” located on Transit Road in Williamsville, NY has been locally owned and operated for over fifty years. Boberg visits this store about once a week to replenish her stock so that the Ellicottville location has a fresh inventory to keep up with the demand of this busy time of year. Interestingly, the history of the Ellicottville location of The Red Door is just as unique and special as its inventory. “This building has been a clothing store of some kind since the late 1800s,” explained Boberg. This story is beautifully told by a photograph of Washington Street taken around 1899, in which women in elegant dresses and elaborate hats can be seen approaching the mercantile that is now The Red Door. Shoppers in pursuit of the finest quality winter apparel are sure to be satisfied at The Red Door, where they, too, can be a part of the history of this beautiful store.