Now that summer is back, it’s time to head out to some of the many fine beaches and lakes here in Detroit and all across Michigan. But now that the sun is back, it’s also time to think about not only good fashion with a summer hat, but also proper protection from said sun! Men and women alike enjoy wearing hats on the beach during the summer months, whether its for just lounging around, or for a rowdy game of beach volleyball. Here are some of the best places to stop by in and near Detroit to find your next perfect authentic Motor City summer hat.
Henry The Hatter
1307 Broadway St.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-0970

No article about hats in Detroit could possibly be complete without mentioning the oldest hat store in Detroit, one of the oldest in the Midwest, and a legendary staple of hat-wearing goodness in the Motor City: Henry the Hatter! Henry the Hatter is primarily a men’s hat store, but they have a whole assortment of available hats for different types, too. While they deal primarily in formal hats, they offer plenty of great beach styles as well, like panama hats, straw hats and a slew of others. But the reason Detroiters go to Henry’s is because of the care and service, which for so long, has not been beat!

Gameday Detroit
41 E. Adams Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 285-8104

For lots of men and women, a great beach hat means nothing more than a cool baseball cap (preferably the Detroit Tigers, of course). If a ball cap is what you’re looking for, but perhaps a specific ball cap or something that can truly represent your city, then Gameday Detroit has all of the best sportswear and hats that show off your pride for the city and the best of our many sports teams. For the best in simple and practical hats that will give you a sporty beach style, then Gameday Detroit in downtown is a good bet.

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Pure Detroit
500 Griswold St.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 963-1440

Pure Detroit has grown through leaps and bounds over the years to become one of the most successful clothing companies in the city. Their shirts, small gifts and jackets are worn by celebrities and locals alike, and many also go there to find the best in Detroit-made hats, too! Both mens and women’s hats are available and, along with their other fine gifts, can show off your pride in the city of Detroit itself as you walk along the beach and check out the sights. They have an extensive collection available online, as well as three awesome locations in historic locations around Detroit, including two in the Guardian Building and one at the GM Renaissance Center.

8325 E. Jefferson Ave.
Detroit, MI 48214
(313) 405-5759

Situated in quaint section of downtown Detroit, just along the Detroit River and Jefferson Ave., is the collective shop known as Stef-n-Ty, which specializes in all sorts of wonderful hats for women of all shapes and sizes. One of their most popular types of hats are their many in summer varieties, as locals cannot wait to get out to the beach and enjoy the gorgeous weather. If you’re looking for a wide variety of shapes and colors, Stef-n-Ty has the most to offer. In fact, you can even browse and purchase a hat right from their Facebook page. Exotic colors and styles galore.

Hats Galore & More
10061 Gratiot Ave.
Detroit, MI 48213
(313) 579-1761

This family-owned and operated store has been serving the Detroit area since 1993 with the best quality and some of the top service in the city. Hats Galore & More knows exactly how to treat their customers, both men and women, and offer a wide array of formal hats and less formal hats all for a great price. Perhaps you’re attending a beach party and want to look your best? They’ve got a great hat for that, too! If you want to spruce up your beach head wear and ditch the old broken and flimsy straw cap, try out these folks who can find you something perfect for your own specific style.

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Michael Ferro is freelance writer and a graduate of Michigan State University where he majored in Creative Writing and received the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award. Born and bred in Detroit, he currently resides in rural Ann Arbor. Additional writing can be found at