In 1953, Lester and Ethel Blythe started Blythe’s Athletics under the name Griffith Sport Shop in downtown Griffith, Indiana. The venture was a complete sporting goods store that carried boats, motors, athletic equipment, fishing gear, hunting gear, and archery supplies. In the ’70s, the Blythe Family opened another location called Blythe’s Big Boys Toys. It was a large boating store that also carried snowmobiles.
In 1979, the Blythe family opened the current location in Valparaiso, IN. This store contained a Gun and Archery range, along with sports equipment. In 2003, the departments separated and the athletic store, now known as Blythe’s Athletics, Inc., was born. Through the next 10 years, the athletic shop grew by leaps and bounds. The store now employs 10 full time printers, embroiderers, and decorators, along with a complete graphics department.
The Blythe’s team has 8 traveling sales people who service local schools, businesses, and organizations. We specialize in ADIDAS products and uniforms, and are proud to be the largest Adidas dealer in northwest Indiana. Blythe’s also has excellent partnerships with brand names, including Mizuno, Russell, Badger, Wilson, Asics, Easton, Louisville Slugger, Schutt, Holloway, and Under Armour.
We at Blythe’s boast of the teamwork that our staff exhibits. The Blythe’s employees have years of experience and devotion to our store. Jason Dudley, sales manager, has 22 years and Patty Needham has 22 years in our decoration department. Sharon Polite, purchasing manager, has 17 years. Zach Robinson has 14 years in sales. Melinda Slagle has 14 years as an embroiderer. Kathy Makenzie has 23 years as a printer. We can go on and on.
We at Blythe’s are family, and we are here to serve our customers. We take pride in our work, our service, and you — our customer!