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“A must stop for hat lovers”
Review of Batsakes Hat Shop

Batsakes Hat Shop
Ranked #4 of 32 Shopping in Cincinnati
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Ashland, KY
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67 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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“A must stop for hat lovers”
Reviewed 13 August 2013

I've been everywhere and in several hat shopes and ordered hats online. Batsakes in downtown Cincinnati is best in the world. I've bought five or six fedoras there and no regrets whatsoever. Owner Gus Miller is most knowledgeable hat maker anywhere. Huge stock of hats..

Visited April 2013
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Grayson, Kentucky
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“Quality craftsmanship is alive and well...”
Reviewed 17 April 2013

At the recommendation of an employee of the hotel I was staying at in Cincinnati, I decided to stop in to Batsakes. I was interested in a tweed cap, and didn't want to try to buy over the internet as sizing can vary from brand to brand. I was greeted very quickly and asked if I needed help. I told the lady what I was looking for and she showed me the different selections that they had available. After trying a couple on, I found the one I wanted. I struck up a conversation with Gus Miller and found him to be a very warm and likable gentleman. The next time I am in Cincinnati, I will stop in to Batsakes again.

Visited March 2013
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“Cool place”
Reviewed 21 October 2012

A great selection of hats. If you like hats you must stop here! They have a wide variety and all the hats are well made of quality fabrics.

Visited October 2012
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Reviewed 16 December 2011

The 105 year old, Batsakes Hat Shop is located in the the central Cincinnati downtown fountain square retail area at the corner of 6th and Vine Streets. This corner street level store front, with ceiling to floor windows on all sides, gives 78 year old Gus Miller the owner, a front window view of the comings and goings of downtown fountain square.

Mr. Miller can be seen cleaning. steaming, shaping, sizing, fitting and making hats of all types through the windows along the Vine street side, using the same tools of his trade from a bygone time (over 41 Years at Basakes Hat Shop), which could now be museum pieces. In addition to custom making hats, (hats made by Gus Miller start about $175), he sells many ready made top line retail brands, (Stetson, Kangol, Borsalino, Dobbs, just to name a few).

As a side function of this shop, you can get one hellofa shoe shine. In their old location the had a cadre of male shoe shine personnel, taking turns utilizing about seven chairs on a walk-up basis. Today, this number is about two, for two chairs. You can get a shine either on or off the foot, that is you can leave your shoes for pick up later.

The store, has always been in the Cincinnati downtown retail district, but only recently moved to this location, when the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center purchased and built on its previous location.

An article in the Cincinnat Enquirer stated "... thanks to old-world craftmanship, word-of-mouth and a loyal, hat wearing clientele, the store has survived."

Among, the celebrities that have shoped or received hats from the Batsakes Hat Shop, are: Frank Sinatra, Snoop Dog, Bob Dylan, both presidents George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush, Tony Bennett, Red Skelton, Luciano Pavarotti, Bill CosbyTom Browning, Vida Blue, Deion Sanders, Pete Rose, Roger Clemens, Cal Ripken Jr. And President Ronald Reagan. To this day the list keeps growing, because of the character of the shop, the service, and the pleasant sincere friendliness of the Greek proprietor, Gus Miller.

Visited December 2011
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