In this post, we’ll highlight some of the small businesses in glove care. For those looking to extend the life of their glove, the winter months are an important time to condition and re-lace “Old Faithful” to keep it looking and playing great. Here are some Instagram-based folks that can help.
AZ Glove Lab (IG @azglovelab)
Chris Petroff of the AZ Glove Lab started in 2019 and his base services include cleaning, conditioning, adding palm adhesive, and a full glove relace. Chris can also web swap, patch tears, etc. . With every order, Chris adds in a stack of vintage baseball cards from his large personal collection from over the years. More recently on his Instagram page, Chris has been making informational videos with tips on how you can clean and condition your glove yourself. Most recently, Chris relaced some Nike Sha|Do Elite J’s for pro pitcher Jeff Hoffman of the Cincinnati Reds.
Gages Gloves (IG @gagesgloves)
Amanda Gage of Gage’s Gloves has been in business officially since March 2019 and she’s been caring for gloves since her college days repairing her teammates’ softball mitts. Her services include cleaning, conditioning, adding palm adhesive, relacing, and break-ins. For Amanda, glove care is important for keeping your mitt in top condition.
Ball Players Balm (IG @ballplayersbalm)
Ball Player’s Balm launched in February 2019, so they are just closing in on two years of business. Ball Player’s Balm’s product line includes two unique glove conditioners, a glove cleaner, hog hair brushes, horse hair brushes, and a pine tar based bat tack. All of their products are handmade with all natural ingredients. Ball Player’s Balm protects your glove from harsh weather, dirt, and water exposure, as well as keeping the leather soft and supple to enhance in-game performance.
South Florida Gloveworks (IG @southfloridagloveworks)
Anthony Foti has been in the glove care industry for over 30 years, but his most recent company, South Florida Gloveworks, was started in 2015. He has worked with players from youth leagues to the pros. His services include a full clean, condition, relace, and leather dyeing. Anthony can also add pinky or thumb loops and finger inserts if needed. In addition to working on gloves, Anthony is in the process of creating his own glove conditioner to sell as a fundraiser to support youth baseball.
D & J Glove Repair (IG @djgloverepair)
Dom and Jim of D & J Glove Repair have been in business for 10 years. D&J covers all the basic glove care needs from changing lace to a good old clean and condition. For Dom and Jim the most important part of glove care is breaking in your glove yourself and not to take shortcuts. D&J Glove Repair operates internationally and prides themselves on quick response times. Here’s a recent A2000 XXL that D&J worked on and brought it back to life:
What’d we miss? Do you know of a quality baseball business that deserves to be highlighted? Let us know in the comments.