thanks again for you help.
as i was searching for answers, i noticed a reference to BlueSky Footware tutorial from eCart3 and found it under the archived support for eCart.
It has specific tutorials relating to color choices. I just started the tutorial and saw that it has a recordset for the item listing and then a recordset for the color menu(one each for Mens and Womens shoes).
It mentioned the the recordset for the color option has to be wrapped inside the repeat region (I have not gotten to that tutorial yet)
One question i have is my products will have different color choices
item 1 may come in 9 colors
item 2 may come in 4 colors
item 3 may come in 2 colors
Do you know if i will need a recordset for each of those color sets?