Erwin Apparel owner Amanda Wall, center, stands inside her new store with daugthers Lacey, left, and Jacey. The store is located in downtown Erwin at 224 North Main Ave. (Erwin Record Staff Photo by Richard Rourk)

By Richard Rourk

Erwin officially has a new clothing retailer and just in time for back to school shopping as Erwin Apparel opened their doors at 224 North Main Ave., on Thursday, Aug. 8.

“We had a great opening day,” Erwin Apparel owner Amanda Wall said. “We had roughly 300 customers on opening day. Day two was just as promising – we had another hundred plus come through.”

The idea to open a clothing store came from a need that Wall saw in Erwin.

“I decided to open a clothing store when I could not find any school clothes for my children in Erwin,” Wall said. “Having to go out of here, in another county, was an inconvenience.”

According to Wall, Erwin Apparel has clothing options for the whole family.

“We have kid’s clothes, women’s clothes and unisex T-shirts,” Wall said. “After seeing what the customers are buying, we will be adding more options soon.”

Erwin Apparel offers sizes from small to plus sizes.

“We can go up to 4XL in women’s, and in unisex T-shirts we can make them up to 6XL,” Wall said. “If customers can’t find the design they like in their size, we can custom make them for the customer.”

According to Wall, Erwin Apparel also offers items other than clothing.

“We also do homemade soaps and candles,” she said.

Wall hopes that Erwin Apparel can become part of a growing list of local businesses that strengthen downtown Erwin.

“We are excited to be a part of the community, and we have already been in contact with other area businesses and we will take part in the First Friday Events in Downtown Erwin,” Wall said.

To see some of the designs offered at Erwin Apparel, please follow Erwin Apparel on Facebook or visit them at 224 North Main Ave., in Erwin. The store is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.