Best Of 2018

Best Handmade Hat Shop: Batsakes

Best Handmade Hat Shop
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Hailey Bollinger

Gus Miller is the owner, proprietor and hat maker behind downtown mainstay Batsakes. In business for more than 100 years, Miller’s uncles opened Batsakes in 1907 in its original location on Sixth and Walnut streets. In 1951, Miller immigrated to Cincinnati from Greece and started working at the shop, first cleaning, then moving up in the business to eventually complete an apprenticeship with a hat maker, learning how to make everything from fedoras to straw hats by hand. The store doesn’t have a digital footprint, but when the quality of your work speaks for itself, you don’t really need one. Miller has committed clients from across the world, and stars from Luciano Pavarotti to Jack White, Bob Dylan and Snoop Dogg have shopped here. Located on the ground floor of the iconic Modernist Terrace Plaza Hotel building, it’s one of the finest classic hat shops in the nation. Batsakes, 1 W. Sixth St., Downtown, 513-721-9345.