Watson's Hat Shop
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Watson's Hat Shop is a set back to the early 1900's of hat making. Using rare hat making equipment we manufacture all sorts of hats. We make everything from cowboy hats, fedoras, panama hats, golf hats, Aussie hats, and ladies hats. We are located on the northern border of Scottsdale in downtown Cave Creek, Arizona in the beautiful Stagecoach Village.
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Ben R
New Orleans, LA24 contributions
Sep 2014 • Family
Maybe you are looking for a special hat; Western, Panama, or a Dress Hat. Maybe you are looking for a custom hand made hat or one that is in his showroom. Maybe you are interested in how he makes his custom hats, the equipment that is older than he is, and materials he uses. Maybe you are interested in what a hand made hat looks like and are interested in the quality of a custom made hat and the materials that are used. Maybe you are interested in speaking with a person who has a passion for what he does and will spend a lot of time sharing this passion. A passion for an art that could have been lost, but an art that Eric Watson is keeping alive. A passion that you can see in his eyes when he talks about hats, materials, and his equipment. Maybe you are interested in a hat...one that he has available or a custom hat.

This last week, I picked up my custom hand made Dress Hat. A custom hand made Dress Hat from beaver fur felt and other materials made in the USA. A custom hand made Dress Hat that was sized for my head and fitted to me. I splurged on a hat just for me and that really fits me unlike other hats I have purchased which maybe fit, but not really. I have a hat that is a pleasure to wear and will last me the rest of my life. And at some point in the near future, I will splurge again and get another hat...maybe this time a Panama style hat.
Written September 5, 2014
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Doug L
Newaygo, MI72 contributions
Eric Watson is in a league of his own!!! He creates hats that are works of art. One reviewer commented that he is "greedy and short-sighted". Could not be further from the truth. I did extensive research prior to commissioning him to create my fedora and found his pricing in line with most custom hat makers. The difference is that Eric uses only techniques and equipment from bygone times to produce his hats. Few if any current artists can say that. Eric and I developed the fedora with a few phone conversations since I now reside in MI and it was to created to perfection. Remarkable considering that I measured myself. Eric is not only a Master Hat Maker but true artist. While visiting our Phoenix condo I finally was able to meet Eric. A true pleasure. What a wonderful human being. He even steam cleaned and reblocked my hat at no charge. Whenever I'm able to get to the area I'll surely ride out to beautiful Cave Creek for a visit. Thanks Eric for the wonderful fedora.
Written December 7, 2014
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karen2450
Phoenix, AZ521 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
A great selection of quality hats that they will customize to suit your face and stature. Very helpful staff who really care. Quality materials are used so don’t expect a cheap hat
Written July 14, 2019
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Odusseus1000
Cave Creek, AZ296 contributions
Sep 2014 • Business
Greedy, Greedy, Greedy

Stopped in to have a slight crease steamed out of my Borsolino and also to look for another Panama. After spending a few minutes steaming my hat, Watson showed me his stock. I told him I'd think about it, and asked how much I owed for the steaming.

I was absolutely shocked: $25.00!!!! The only thing this marketing and customer loyalty genius accomplished was to guaranty that I will never buy from him and will tell anyone who will listen to avoid this shop.
Written October 17, 2014
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HAL
Tucson, AZ1 contribution
Dec 2018 • Solo
Super friendly, knowledgeable, and patient staff. If you’re a hat person, you owe it to yourself to stop by and at least get fitted for a hat. It’s an interesting process that not only gets your head size, but head shape as well! I was fitted for a hat in person, but I placed my order a few weeks later via email and they referenced my sizing info that they keep on file. The finished custom beaver-felt fedora hat was shipped to me a couple weeks later and it was perfect! Fit is perfect and the finish on the hat is buttery smooth.
Also- I really liked the layout of the store. There are a couple walls of shelves with a variety of hat styles and colors to try on.
Written February 5, 2019
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Cynthia V
Cave Creek, AZ15 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
My husband has 2 hats made by Eric and I have 1. Love all if them, great fit and look. Personalized service from a family run business.

Written July 22, 2018
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Wheresthelobster
30 contributions
Nov 2015 • Friends
I saw that Eric Watson was moving into a new location so I visited him after they opened up: it's a MUST VISIT store in Cave Creek. Now conveniently located in Stagecoach Village - you can see his HUGE SIGN from Cave Creek Road - this is a much expanded version of Watson's original shop.

There are lots of hats to choose from in the store, but the best part is Master Hatmaker Watson's skill and experience in making you a custom hat. You'll love the process - from the exacting measurements he will take of the size and shape of your head, through to selecting the material and the all-important style. And the results are superlative - a personal accessory to last a lifetime!
Written November 25, 2015
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KLampman
Phoenix, AZ1 contribution
Oct 2015 • Couples
Watson's Hat Shop had only just opened when my wife and I happened upon it (2/9/2013). We walked in and were joyfully greeted by Eric. You could immediately sense the pride and passion that he has for his chosen profession. Eric took the time to show us all of his antique hat blocks and ribbon sewing machines. He explained the vast array of hat styles that he can reproduce. I was hooked. I had Eric make me his signature Western Homburg hat in a pecan color. It is the best hat I will ever own and I get compliments whenever I where it. I am looking forward to getting my next hat from Eric. 100% sourced and made in the U.S.A.
Ps. Don't forget to buy one of his custom hat boxes to store your treasured hat.
Written November 25, 2015
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Randy S
Clermont, FL4 contributions
I met Eric at Barrett Jackson 2014. Watson Hat Company happen to be across the isle from Tony Murgas Boots,
I have known Tony for several years and he said I sould talk to Eric. Well about a hour later I was the owner if a new Beaver western style hat with Kangaroo band. It took around 5 months before it came to my door in Iowa and it was amazing, the fit and finish were performed by a craftsman. And I'll add my final comment.
Now from a pair of my custom boots to a custom hat, both made by masters of their trade I'm dressed from Head to Toe.
Thank you Tony for telling me to see Eric

Randy. S
Iowa
Written November 25, 2015
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RVArend
Canada5 contributions
Mar 2015 • Couples
We had been through the hat shop a few times, and each time we were welcomed by Eric, who told us so much about the art of hat making. I had Eric reshape a hat for me, and my husband ordered a cowboy hat, and has been extremely pleased with it. I am planning on ordering one for myself on my next visit.
Written November 16, 2015
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