You guys have heard me talking about Shibe Sports quite a bit lately, and you’ve noticed that the Shibe Sports logo has made its way to our scoresheets. As some of you know, I’ve been a pretty big sports fan my whole life, and have really become a sports history junkie since I moved here, starting a website, phillysportshistory.com, a few years ago. It was nothing huge, just a labor of love, but due to a few lucky breaks that labor of love opened the door for something bigger and more exciting: a vintage apparel store with an emphasis on historic teams, logos, and styles. We took over a store on 13th Street between Walnut and Sansom, and earlier this year Shibe Sports was born.
The first six months have given me an intense education on business, customer service, marketing, and working with others. The three other owners and I have shared a lot of sweat, toil, laughs, beers, frustration, and excitement. And finally we’re where we want to be. We’ve redesigned the interior, we’ve got some incredible events lined up for the weekend, and we’ve established connections with national brands like ’47 and local silk-screeners like Awesome Dudes and Alex (who’s a member of the Sidecardigans on the quizzo scene and does awesome work for us). Our goal is to offer an experience unlike anyone else in Philadelphia, from a historical standpoint, from a customer service standpoint, and from a quality standpoint.
And so this weekend we kick into full gear with our Grand Opening. We’ll have games set up, lots of sales, tons of giveaways, and some really, really cool events. We’ve got several great guest speakers, including the former Mitchell and Ness owner, who will talk about the history of Phillies jerseys. And Shawn Murray, who will be showing off the SPECTACULAR photographs his grandfather took of the A’s and Phillies in the 1920s. On Saturday, we’ll have local historians talking about the history of the stadium we’re named after. I’ll be talking a bit about a few defunct teams from the area, like the Pennsylvania Stoners and the South Philadelphia Hebrew Association basketball team. And on Sunday, we’ll wrap it up with a party and Chinese Auction at Milkboy for the USA-Portugal match on Sunday. We’ve put our hearts and souls into this project for the past few months, and now we’re ready to celebrate and kick things into high gear. We really hope you can join us.
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