Featuring the Wild In Us Organization

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This post today we hope will bring a little attention to the Wild In Us organization, and their mission to raise money and awareness of Ataxia.  Trent Peterson is a customer and proud wearer of our custom hats. From a recent email: "We had a great event last weekend and a lot of people commented on the hat you made for me!"  Thanks Trent! Here's a little more information about Wild In Us: In 2014, Gary Peterson lost his life to Ataxia. Leaving behind a desire in his son to live life courageously, like his father. To honor Gary Peterson, Trent Peterson, along with his 3 adopted mustangs riding north along the PCT, a 2,659 mile long trail stretching from Mexico to Canada, in the...

Eric Watson Perfects the Art of Traditional Custom Hat Making

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Article by Kory Kilmer  |  North Scottsdale Lifestyle Magazine  |  January 26, 2017 When Indiana Jones first hit movie theaters back in 1981, he introduced archeology to a generation that has now become leaders in the field. For a kid in Ohio, however, he found his inspiration not just in the adventures of Dr. Jones, but also in his fedora, and with that, crafted a one-of-a-kind career in which he has few peers. “When I was twelve years old I wanted a good Indiana Jones hat,” says Eric Watson, owner and hat maker at Watson’s Hat Shop in Cave Creek. “I couldn’t afford a nice one, so I always ended up with a cheap hat, which pretty quickly lost its shape or just fell apart,...

Get Fitted For a Custom Hat

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Article from Western Horse Review  |  January/February 2017   Eric Watson has had a hat obsession since he was a teenager, and today, in his mid-30’s his lifelong study and practice of the art of making a felt hat is paying off as he has to his credit such big name clients as Justin Timberlake and Kenny Chesney. Almost everything at Watson’s Hat Shop in Stagecoach Village in Cave Creek is antique, acquired from scouring the planet for moulds, blocks and his 1930’s-era sewing machine. He puts the same care and respect master hatters of the Old West did into his craft. His felt hats are made from the finest blends of pure beaver, European hare, and Cuenca from Ecuador for the hand woven straw...

Stagecoach Christmas: December 2nd, 3rd, & 4th

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Join Watson’s Hat Shop along with the rest of the businesses in the Stagecoach Village for a special time to celebrate Christmas and the Holidays with the customers of Stagecoach Village, December 2nd, 3rd & 4th from 4 to 8 pm. Santa Clause : December 2, 2016 5-8 | December 3, 2016 12PM-4:30PM | December 4, 2016 12PM-4PM Live Music, Fresh Baked Cookies, Hot Chocolate, and Coffee Mike Ewing – Cowboy Singer and Gail Star – Cowgirl Singer Face Paintings for the kids (provided by The Sonoran Art League) Images AZ Professional Photographer to remember your Special Day with Santa. (Small fee for a beautifully done photo)

3rd Annual American Made Matters Day at Watson’s Hat Shop! Saturday, Nov. 19, 4-8pm

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At Watson's Hat Shop we are a proud ambassador for American Made Matters. By making things here in the US and using American made goods to do so we are supplying jobs for families across the US. You are Invited to join us Saturday, November 19, from 4 - 8 pm to celebrate this event.  There will be prizes, refreshments, food and a Silent & Live auction to benefit the Foothills Food Bank!  Please email us at info@watsonshatshop.com to RSVP. American Made Matters® is an organization made of over 375 member and sponsor companies. Our members are manufacturers who represent various industries from apparel and toys to steel fabrication and cleaning supplies. Sponsors include American made retailers, patriotic organizations and local businesses who understand that...

Watson’s Hat Shop featured on TV Show “Handcrafted America” on INSP

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Show airs on November 25, 2016   Join Host Jill Wagner for "Handcrafted America", a INSP original show that travels throughout the United States seeking out artisans dedicated to crafting fine products the traditional way … with their own two hands. In this episode titled "Pianos, Cowboy Hats, Tin Coffee Pots", Jill meets a cowboy hat maker living in an Old West town in Arizona -- Cave Creek's own Eric Watson! Next, in Maine, she visits a piano maker with a passion for the sound of old wood pianos. Then, in Wisconsin, she meets a tinsmith who makes authentic 1800’s coffeepots. For more information visit the INSP website. HERE'S A SNEAK PREVIEW: Your browser does not support iframes.

Watson’s Hat Shop teams up with Ray Villafane and the Enchanted Pumpkin Garden

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New this year, made exclusively for the Town of Carefree’s Enchanted Pumpkin Garden, are one-of-a-kind, life-size Scarecrows imagined and created by Ray Villafane and his team of artists.  For this special exhibit, Watson's Hat Shop was asked to supply one of the "props" for the cowboy scarecrow -- a custom made cowboy hat, of course! Hand crafted with dried twigs, shrubs and old tree materials from the desert, each scarecrow is an original and no two are the same. As Ray and his team work through the creative process, each Scarecrow gradually develops a personality and has their own story to tell visitors in the Enchanted Pumpkin Garden. Watson's Hat shop is honored to be a part of this unique and artistic attraction.

Watson’s Named Official Hat Maker for New Netflix Western Series “Godless”

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Watson's Hat Shop has recently been chosen to be the official hat maker for the new Netflix original western film series "Godless," a limited period drama series from the Out of Sight duo of Steven Soderbergh and Scott Frank. Written, directed and executive produced by Frank, Godless is a Western set in an 1800s New Mexico mining town. The project is set to film in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It’s expected to start shooting in the fall. Michelle Dockery, the “Downton Abbey” star has been cast in the female lead with co-stars Jeff Daniels and Jack O’Connell. Godless centers on the blood feud between Daniels and O’Connell’s characters — former partners with a paternal bond whose relationship has turned sour. Daniels’ quest for vengeance leads him to a town whose denizens are entirely female,...

Watson’s Hat Shop awarded Small Business Spotlight Award

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Watson’s Hat Shop received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition. (Small Business Spotlight Award).  Watson’s was chosen by Congressman Schweikert’s Office because of their strong community involvement and great recognition from our customers. Thirty Arizona businesses are chosen each year by the Congressman’s Office for this award. Congratulations to Eric and the staff at Watson’s Hat Shop!
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