Racquet & Jog

DSC04973A co-worker recently expressed his curiosity over us Tylerites’ obsession with Racquet & Jog t-shirts.  I remember back when I first moved to Tyler, I too, was confused by the popularity of these brightly colored shirts.  Initially, I assumed Racquet & Jog must be a local athletic store that had an awful lot of employees.  However, I kept seeing more and more of these shirts all over town, and not only in Tyler, but on vacations and in airports too, so I realized there must be more to it.

DSC04970As it turns out, Racquet & Jog is a local athletic and clothing store, with locations in Dallas, Austin, Longview, and Tyler.  The store in Tyler carries a good variety of jeans, swimwear, athletic wear, cool novelty tees, and accessories in addition to a decent selection of athletic apparel.  Brands they carry include Junk Food, Dogeared, Vix, BB Dakota, and Roxy. They also offer an impressive collection of mens and womens shoes, including Frye, Rainbow, Yellowbox, Havaianas, and Dolce Vita.  And yes they have Uggs!  This store has an overall cool vibe, and definitely appeals to the younger crowd.  Of course, amongst all the racks of clothing is a huge table of all different colors and styles of Racquet & Jog t-shirts.  It is a bit of an unspoken rule that every Tylerite must own at least one of these. I have owned approximately eight of them, in all different colors.  My current favorite is a gray Alternative Apparel v-neck Racquet & Jog t-shirt, but I have several others currently in rotation.  Any given day at Rose Rudman is like a Racquet & Jog fashion show with walkers and runners sporting their shirts.

DSC04964Racquet & Jog is very active in promoting local athletic events. They sponsor races such as the Premier Turkey Trot and the YMCA Reindeer Run, and the East Texas Striders running club.  Be sure to stop in Racquet & Jog for athletic gear for your next race and get a t-shirt if you don’t have one already!

Racquet & Jog
5403 South Broadway Avenue
Tyler, TX 75703-1397
(903) 561-4703‎


  1. Over priced athletic clothing & shoes. Tyler teens & soccer moms seem to love it though. I used to shop at the original Racquet & Jog when they were still a small mom n’ pops shop in the Times Square Shopping Center where Neon Dirt & Julians is located now. They carried brands like Stussy, No Fear, Yaga, Billabong, 26 Red, & Mossimo (which is a Target brand now) & actually restrung tennis racquets! I don’t completely understand their new “Tyler’s Austin” campaign. Is that a store or a motto?

  2. If I had a penny for every time I saw someone in Tyler wearing one of these shirts, I might actually have enough money to afford to shop there. Seriously though, I just find it annoying whenever I see someone wearing them. Not to mention I am blinded by the bright colors. I like Tyler, really I do, but I’ll like it a whole lot more when this trend is gone.

  3. The Tyler’s (Keep Austin Weird) tshirts are based on a store called Tyler’s in Austin (it’s named this because it’s a sister store to raquet and jog and since this is where it all started they gave it the name Tyler’s) “Keep Austin Weird” is a campaign in Austin to promote small, locally owned businesses in the area.

  4. Always amazed when I can walk into a Tyler store, walk around for fifteen minutes, and NOT be waited on! The young staff typically are too “busy” folding shirts or watching tennis on the tv…here’s hoping the Academy puts them outta business.

  5. If a pack of wild boars were to ever escape onto S Broadway Avenue….I sincerely hope they would form an orderly que and bust through the doors of R&J and cause some wild boar-like mayhem.

  6. I am in there every few months because I REALLY want to spend my money at local businesses and they do have a better selection than other stores in Tyler. But I almost never spend a dime in there. The customer service is so bad it’s laughable. I have never even had anyone make eye contact with me. I just ordered almost $500 in backpacks and back to school shoes for my kids from Zappos. I would have been happy to spend that money at R&J if anyone had even acknowledged my presence.

  7. We stop in there every few months to do some shopping. I like the selection of athletic shoes and their prices are comparable to other athletic chains. I also usually get my Reef flip-flops there and occasionally some fan gear. Somehow, they get stuff that I can’t find online. Since I know what I want and where it is, my only interaction with the staff is ‘do you have these in size 12’ and ‘does this come in another color’, so I have no complaints about their service.

  8. I love this store!! and i know they have a bad rep for crappy customer service but i feel that they have drastically improved over the past few months. i went in their store about a week ago and my family and i were greeted immediatly and asked if we needed help. and when we did a nice young man help us with shoes and wnt the extra mile to find a shirts for us in the back. every employee that we crossed paths with seemed to have a great attitude. this store has made a big improvement and we will always be back!

  9. Agreed with most of these.. esp the young careless staff. But they have a hot son i saw recently with them at Mercados lol off subject but email me!! ;}

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