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From Hat Rack to Big Screen, Mike The Hatter Explored

Updated: Aug 22, 2023

CLEVELAND - Mike the Hatter in Cleveland is a landmark destination for anyone looking for high-quality headwear. Recently, the explorative Cleveland-based video series, CleveItToUs, made a stop at Mike the Hatter to explore the shop and chat with the owner, George Anastasakis. Gremi, the host of CleveItToUs, got hands-on with some of the hats and caps on display while George shared the history and legacy of the shop.

George Anastasakis is the third-generation owner of Mike the Hatter, which was originally established by his grandfather in 1937. The shop has been a fixture in Cleveland's downtown area for nearly a century and has been passed down through the family for three generations. It has remained a family-owned and operated business ever since, and George has continued to uphold the shop's reputation for quality and service.

During Gremi's visit, he was struck by the sheer variety of hats and caps on display at Mike the Hatter. From classic fedoras and bowlers to contemporary caps and beanies, there was something for everyone. George shared his expertise on the various styles and materials, offering tips on how to choose the perfect hat for any occasion. Gremi was particularly impressed with the custom hat-making process that Mike the Hatter offers, where customers can create a one-of-a-kind hat tailored specifically to their style and preferences.

Mike the Hatter has built a loyal following over the years, with customers returning time and time again for the exceptional quality and service they provide. The shop has been featured in numerous films and TV shows, including the iconic movie "A Christmas Story," which was filmed in Cleveland. In the classic holiday film, one of the iconic scenes shows Ralphie and his family admiring the display window at Higbee's Department Store, with Mike the Hatter's sign visible in the background. Additionally, the hat that Ralphie's father wears in the movie, known as the "derby" or "bowler" hat, was believed to have been purchased from Mike the Hatter and has become a symbol of the film. These references to Mike the Hatter in the movie have helped to solidify the store's place in Cleveland's history and culture.

It's clear that the shop has become a cultural institution in its own right, with generations of Clevelanders and visitors alike making their way to Mike the Hatter to experience the unique atmosphere and expert craftsmanship.

In conclusion, Mike the Hatter is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for high-quality headwear in Cleveland. Gremi's visit to the shop and conversation with George Anastasakis on CleveItToUs was a testament to the shop's legacy and enduring popularity. With its rich history and commitment to quality, it's no wonder that Mike the Hatter has become a beloved institution in the Cleveland community.

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Special thanks to George Anastasakis, Stephanie, Gavin Reiland, of Mike the Hatter and Brandon Adams (Audio/Visual)




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