1970s – 1993
It all began back in the late 1970s, when Running Start, a running store opened in New Haven, CT. The intimate New Haven running store eventually expanded it’s product offering and officially became Trailblazer in 1994. Trailblazer has grown to become a leading outdoor clothing destination store in Connecticut.
In 1994, The first Trailblazer opened it’s doors at 296 Elm Street, New Haven CT.
Trailblazer opened it’s first shoreline store on the Guilford Green. Trailblazer stayed 10 years in this great community before relocating to Branford.
2001 – Present
Trailblazer opens at the Shop at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT. Trailblazer Mohegan has one of the largest selections of The North Face in CT along with other awesome outdoor and casual brands like Patagonia, Marmot, Merrell, Sperry, Toms, Lacoste, Polo, UGG and much more.
Trailblazer New Haven relocated down the street to expand the product offering in a more spacious two-story building and opened Trailblazer on Chapel Street in June of 2004.
2007 – Present
Trailblazer opens at 1004 Main Street, on the Branford Green, right next to Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream!
2008 – Present
Trailblazer opens sister store, Denali, a dedicated store featuring The North Face and Merrell, just a Frisbee toss from our Trailblazer Store.
2008 – Present
Trailblazer New Haven moved back to their original address of 296 Elm Street, in The Shops at Yale, New Haven, continuing their focus on outdoor sports, camping, climbing and running.
2009 - Present
Trailblazer New Haven became a proud member of 1% for the Planet, giving 1% of our sales to local nonprofits that are committed to creating a healthier planet.
2012 – Present
Denali Wakefield and Cheshire open.
The Trailblazer family formed a new family of independent outdoor stores, Denali, and opened locations in Cheshire CT and Wakefield RI.
All of our stores feature clothing, footwear and gear from The North Face, Patagonia, Marmot, Horny Toad, Woolrich, UGG, Merrell, New Balance and more. Our staff strives to fulfill all the outdoor needs of those who come through our doors with premier product and reliable knowledge and service. Visit any Trailblazer or Denali today and find everything you need for you next adventure.