Like many great things, I.R. Rudy’s, Inc. started with a great idea and a small beginning. In 1939, Irvin R. Rudy purchased the building and fixtures at 115 South Second Street in downtown Oakland, Maryland to open his weekend ski shop. However, it wasn’t until 1955 with the opening of Wisp Resort, Maryland’s only 4 season ski, golf and recreational destination resort, that Rudy’s became a year-round business and earned the reputation as Maryland’s one-stop shop for both locals and tourists alike.
72 years after its beginning, Rudy’s has greatly expanded and is still family run, being passed down generation to generation. Today, Bob Rudy serves as CEO over Rudy’s at Wisp Mountain in McHenry as well as Rudy’s Clothing in downtown Oakland where his wife, Amy, serves as Merchandising Manager.
Rudy’s prides itself in being a winter superstore, specializing in ski and snowboard equipment sales and service, as well as outdoor apparel, accessories and everything in between. Although winter sports is their specialty, Rudy’s also offers an extensive summer collection including swimwear, outdoor apparel, souvenirs and everything you need to have fun in Maryland’s beautiful rivers, lakes and mountains.
To see beautiful old vintage photographs of Rudy’s early days, check out www.ShopRudys.com and be sure to stop by Rudy’s Facebook page to keep up to date with the year-round fun!