Who We Are
Founded in 1981, Holabird Sports is a family-owned and operated running and racquet sports specialty shop located just 20 minutes from Baltimore's Inner Harbor!We are local sports enthusiasts, runners, tennis players of all levels, certified teaching pros, Master Racquet Technicians, Senior Olympians, collegiate athletes, marathoners, squash and racquetball players, and so much more. At Holabird Sports, our goal is to consistently provide you with excellent service, expert advice, a top-notch selection and prices you're sure to love.
What We Offer
Our experienced and knowledgeable staff works hard to advise customers as they peruse our wide inventory of competitively priced products. We offer an extensive selection of everything you need for running, hiking, tennis, squash, racquetball, and beyond. We stock over 2,000 styles of shoes, a full array of athletic apparel, sports medicine supplies, and exercise equipment for fitness enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. Holabird Sports includes a one-of-a-kind showroom, fully stocked warehouse, offices, and a local service center. Whether you’re an occasional weekend warrior or a serious athlete preparing for competition, the Holabird family is here to provide you the advice and gear you need to fuel your fitness fire.
2018 Bizrate Circle of Excellence Award® Winner!
Bizrate, one of the largest sources of consumer-generated reviews for online retailers, recognized Holabird Sports among its Circle of Excellence winners based on customer satisfaction scores from 2018. Retailers must perform significantly higher than average in key areas such as overall satisfaction, product selection, and customer support in order to be recognized by Bizrate. Thank you to all our customers who provide positive reviews and feedback—we couldn't have done it without you!
Who IS that adorable pup? Why, that's none other than Sir Winston Napoleon himself! You might recognize him from the 'gram, or if you're local, you may have spotted him strutting his stuff around Baltimore's inner harbor. Our official mascot, Winston embodies the joy and positivity that we hope to deliver to our customers through quality service, products, and the love of fitness.
My father, Willie, loves tennis. For him, it's more than just the game; it's also the community around it. In 1975, he turned his love of tennis into the Greenspring Racquet Club—the largest indoor tennis and racquet club in the Mid-Atlantic region. I’m proud to say that Greenspring has been a beloved part of the Maryland tennis community for decades. However, for my father, providing Baltimore with one great racquet club wasn’t enough, and in 1979 he built the Holabird Racquet Club to serve the other side of Baltimore. That same year I joined my father in the family business. In 1981, we began a mail order business from the Holabird Racquet Club, shipping tennis racquets and specialty racquet sport equipment all over the country. We called it Holabird Sports Discounters, placed a 1/12 page ad in TENNIS magazine, and began fulfilling orders from all over the country. Even though decades have passed and hundreds of thousands of orders have been fulfilled, I can still remember the first order I ever took and how excited I was. We actually expanded our business after customers and employees expressed an interest in running shoes, in order to accommodate their requests. In 1989, back when people still dialed up through Prodigy and Compuserve, we developed our first Internet presence. Then, in 1996, we launched our first website and have been expanding online ever since.
In keeping with the family tradition my own son, Brian, began working at Holabird during the summers while he was still in school. 10 years ago he started full-time, adding his valuable insight and taking his place in the Holabird family. Today, Holabird Sports occupies 42,000 sq feet including a 7,000 sq ft store just minutes outside of Baltimore city. The store’s design reflects our values and beliefs. We knew that our customers would need to try their racquets so we built an indoor demo court with a backboard. We knew that people would need experts and professionals to talk to, so we hired professional U.S.R.S.A. Master Racquet Technicians to run our stringing program and the most knowledgeable tennis players and runners we could find. Our one-of-a-kind store and fully stocked warehouse was specially designed to efficiently fill the orders from our thriving online business. And while generations of my family have dedicated our lives to Holabird, the true Holabird family includes our customer service department, racquet technicians, warehouse employees, in-store experts, web team and marketing department. Many of our employees have been with us for decades. We truly enjoy what we do and we care about each and every person that places an order on the Holabird website or walks through the doors of our store. Sure, we’re about great selection, low prices and customer service, but we’re also about family and community. We take tremendous pride in what we do and every time you call us you’ll be connected to someone who is an integral part of the Holabird business.
We look forward to helping you.
David Hirshfeld, 2018