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National Harbor Grand Opening Celebration

June 27th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in News from the Shops

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We are so excited about our newest shop in the DC/VA area. We already received an extremely warm welcome in our National Harbor location and are looking to celebrate with a Grand Opening event this Thursday, June 30th from 4pm to 8pm.

Enjoy 15% Off any Belfry Brand hat in the store (excluding sale items) when you say the special VIP password “Hats Off”!

You can also look forward to refreshments, give-aways and a raffle! We hope to see you there to celebrate our return to the DC/VA area. We are glad to be back!

What: Grand Opening Celebration

Where: 140 Waterfront Street, Oxon Hill, MD (National Harbor)

When: Thursday, June 30th, 4-8pm

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Sneak Preview: Hats in the Belfry at National Harbor

February 7th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in News from the Shops

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One of the most exciting things to happen at Hats in the Belfry is the addition of a new shop to our family of stores.  I am so excited to share some of the details of our National Harbor location opening in March! 

National Harbor is located south of Washington DC on the Potomac River in Prince George’s County, Maryland.  You can see a map here.  It is a spacious development with a mix of hotels, condominiums, offices, shops, restaurants and green space.  It is a beautiful location with a view of the District and Alexandria, VA across the river.

There is so much to do and see at National Harbor.  There are over 24 restaurants offering almost every kind of cuisine you could ask for, a cruise line that will take you up and down the river and other water front activities like canoe and sailboat rentals.  We are happy to be in the company of some great shops including South Moon Under (our next door neighbor), Fossil and Charming Charlie among many others. 

Meeting our new neighbors is exciting, but not nearly as exciting as gaining a new Belfry team.  We will be bringing on a new crew of sales associates that will be part of our Belfry family.  We are sending our Annapolis shop Manager, Jen, to teach them everything she knows, which is quite a lot.  Jen has worked in every shop location and trained all of our shop Managers including our E-Commerce General Manager.  They will be in very good hands. 

Right now we are hard at work tweaking our design and starting the build out.  Here is a never before released preview of what our store front will look.

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As many of our long time customers know, we used to have shops in Georgetown and Old Town Alexandria.  The National Harbor store is the perfect location for our customers who frequented those locations and for all of our new friends in DC, VA and MD.  We are so glad to be back in town! 

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Who’s Wearing Belfry Brand

Hats in the Belfry has been in business selling quality fashionable hats for over 30 years, so it is no wonder that we have attracted celebrity hat wearers as regular customers. We carry one of the best selections of brands and styles, so everyone can find a hat that fits their own personal style whether they are on or off camera. What has been exciting in the last couple of years is the celebrity attraction to our own Belfry Brand hats. Famous customers with a wide range of occupation can always find a Belfry hat that elevates their look.

In order to make sure we are designing the best styles for our customers we ask ourselves, Who’s Wearing Belfry Brand?

Fashion Bloggers – There are some great blogs out there that feature styling tips and share personal style of the people who know the hot trends. These people are fashion savvy and can put together a complete look whether they are shopping expensive designer racks or finding great pieces at bargain prices. Just this month, Belfry hats have been a part of a look featured by fashion bloggers, The Style Blogger and Wit & Whimsy.

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Comedians – Just because someone is incredibly funny, doesn’t mean that they are dressed like a clown. Comedians like Donnel Rawlings known from The Chappelle Show and Annapolis’ own E.J. Ruchman make sure that a Belfry hat is part of their act, but nothing to laugh at, whether it is the Belfry Street Mai Tai cap or one of our classic Belfry Bowler hats.

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Musicians – The difference between a musician and a rock star can be as simple as what they are wearing. Confidence can often come from feeling good in what you are wearing and if you are wearing a rockin’ hat, you are going to feel like you own your audience. Rocker, Alicia Solo of Beautiful Bodies was photographed wearing her Belfry Freddie opening for My Chemical Romance. Joe Waller, drummer for Loyalty Amongst Theives can often been seen in a Belfry hat, like this Belfry Jazz.

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Fighters – Although we would never want to get in the ring with one of these champion fighters, we don’t mind posing for photos with them in their favorite Belfry hats. The famous Mike Tyson shopped for the perfect knit at our Philadelphia store. Bernard Hopkins has a collection of caps from our shop including this Belfry Street Blackgold.

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You!!! Belfry designs are modern and stylish, so it is no surprise that all of our Belfry customers feel like celebrities as soon as they put on their perfect hat. A common quote I hear from our Belfry customers is, “I get so many compliments when I wear my Belfry hat.” Getting stopped on the street sounds like a celebrity moment to me.

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Photos from our National Hat Day Facebook Contest.

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Hat Picks - Shop Favorites

Here at Hats in the Belfry it is our mission to provide not only a great selection of quality hats, but also expert advice and assistance when you are searching for the hat that was made just for you.  We are passionate about hats and dedicated to our customers whether they are first time hat buyers or have been shopping with us for years.

This kind of dedication and service doesn’t just happen by accident.  We have a team of people who make it their mission to provide a great hat shopping experience.  And today, I want to introduce a few of them here on the blog.  The question of the day was,

Why is Hats in the Belfry more awesome than any other hat shop?

daineDaine, Asst Shop Manager Fells Point and Inner Harbor Baltimore - What makes us better than any other hat shop is that we aren’t like any other shop.  We started as a hat retailer and now we are designing our own hats.  We are constantly moving forwards to become not only the coolest hat shop but the coolest shop online, too.

 

 

 

 

jen-g-1Jennifer, Shop Manager Annapolis - Caps and hats have really become the “it” accessory, just as important in your wardrobe as a scarf and gloves.  Our selection is the best and our store atmosphere is warm and inviting.  We are the place you want to be to transform into your “character” which is what a hat can do.

 

 

 

 

keithKeith, Shop Manager Fells Point and Inner Harbor Baltimore - I think what sets us apart from other hat stores is our selection. I really like that I can remember selling so many people their first hat whether it was because they didn’t think they looked good in hats or that  they had been searching for the perfect hat and were finally were able to find the right hat at our store.  Those customers really stick with you it’s an experience that is not only memorable for the customer but is memorable for me as well.

 

 

Our dedicated shop managers are the people you want to go to for hat advice.  They have been matching people with their perfect hat for years and have seen many a hat trend come and go.  So I asked them,

What is your favorite hat in your shop right now? 

belfry-hancock_steelDaine - My favorite right now is the Belfry Hancock.  It’s a classic, timeless look and it is eye catching.  The Steel Blue color stands out above your basic Black or Brown fedoras.  That’s why I love it.

 

 

 

 

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Jennifer - My favorite style right now is the pub cap because it is great for both men and women.  I have a couple hats that I wear all the time in the shop, but my favorite right now is the Belfry Calais because I like the patchwork.  It is stylish without being too trendy.  If I’m not wearing a cap I also like the Goorin Brothers Minna Timeless.  The Minna collection has a story to tell and are very one of kind. I really like this hat.

 

 

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Keith - Shop Manager Fells Point and Inner Harbor Baltimore My favorite hat at the moment is the Belfry Ross. I really love herringbone patterns and I like its classic ivy shape. I worked on mine a little and once I got the right curve to the brim the Ross is perfect.

 

 

 

robertRobert, Shop Manager Philadelphia - My favorite hat? It’s hard to choose from, there are so many, but one that stands out is the Belfry Coltrane.  This hat is timeless. It brings you back to the days of KOOL. You know the Rat Pack and the Jazz scene days.  This is a great hat to pair with a stylish scarf.

  

 

 

The Manager’s favorites might just be the perfect place to start if you are looking for your perfect hat. - Shannon

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Belfry 2.0

November 1st, 2010 | 2 Comments | Posted in News from the Shops

There is so much excitement going on in the Hats In The Belfry shops that I just had to share it here on the blog.  We are working hard to make sure that we not only offer the best selection of hats, but also create a unique shopping experience for any of you that are lucky enough to be in our area.  We are calling our rejuvenation efforts, Belfry 2.0. 

We started in Philly with a shop makeover that has really refreshed the atmosphere and shopping experience.  Out with the old retail fixtures and in with charming décor that gives us better space to showcase the new styles and accessories. We pulled in some new shelves and painted our walls to create a warmer feel to the shop.  One of the favorite additions (according to our staff) is the new checkout “bar”.  This stylish piece really ties the space together.  Our shop Manager, Robert, says “The makeover of the shop has really lifted everyone’s spirits and made the shop feel fresh and new.  We all love coming to work, but it really makes a difference when you have a new feeling space to be in.”

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Our second major project was a full store remodel of our flagship shop in Annapolis.  This space has been for the most part unchanged since we opened our doors over 30 years ago.  We knocked out the wall to the shop next door and now have a 1000 square foot hat shopping destination.  The old slat wall came down and was replaced with new faux brick.  We repainted, changed the light fixtures and brought in additional display space.  We added in a big screen TV behind a fantastic new checkout “bar.”  Our shop Manager Jen (who has worked here for 14 years) says her favorite thing about the remodel is, “the warm and inviting atmosphere that was created when we redid the store.  It is open and inviting and people really want to spend time here” The transformation has been incredible and it has been a blast to see our regular customers’ faces when they walk in the door to find a whole new space.

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Taking things to the next level not only excites our customers, but our neighbors and staff as well.  The enthusiasm from our neighboring business owners is really nice to see.  We have a great relationship with the people who work in businesses on our street and if our shop is doing well, we all do well!  I worked in the Annapolis shop off and on for 12 years and it truly feels like a new store.  I can’t even remember what it used to look like, since it feels like it should have always looked like this. 

We hope that if you haven’t been by one of our shops in a while you will come check out our new look.  And for those too far away to see our stores in person, keep checking our facebook page for more pictures of our new and improved look!

Shannon

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