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There are many wonderful beach spots throughout the Tri-state area. However, it is good to stay protected with a sturdy beach hat, either on the sand or when just walking around town. Here are some of the very best hat stores that NYC has to offer.

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The Hat Shop
120 Thompson St.
New York, NY 10012
(212) 219-1445
www.thehatshopnyc.com

The Hat Shop has been in business since 1995. It’s earned a spot on this list because of the staff’s attentive care to their clients. It seeks to serve both the weekly buyer and the first-timer. Each hat can be customized to fit the client as they take into account the buyer’s lifestyle, what that hat is being purchased for and their facial type. With a purchase from The Hat Shop, you’ll have a beach hat made exactly how you’ll like it. Orders may even be placed on its website.

Eye Candy
225 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011
(212) 343-4275
www.eyecandystore.com

If you’re looking for a beach hat that’s a little bit more fun or vintage, then Eye Candy is the place to go. It’s a popular accessory shop that has been featured in New York Magazine’s “Best Places to Shop” and is also well rated in Zagat’s.

The Hat House
131 Thompson St.
New York, NY 10012
(347) 640-4048
www.thehathouse.net

Thompson Street appears to be the street to buy beach hats in New York City. Not far from The Hat Shop, The Hat House  has handmade hats that are perfect for a day at the beach or a stroll in the sun. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and the product is wonderful. Old hats can also be restored or repaired at the shop.

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Stella Dallas
218 Thompson St.
New York, NY 10002
(212) 674-0447

Stella Dallas has great prices, staff and a wide assortment of items to choose from. You can visit this shop for a beach hat and come out with jewelry, clothes and other fun vintage items. Want to look like a girl on the beach from the ‘50s? Then stop off at Stella Dallas. It also has two other locations through the city.

Samuel’s Hats
255 W. 36th St.
New York, NY 10018
www.samuelshats.com

Samuel’s Hats, which has been in business since 1988, has just about every kind of hat imaginable. This includes beach hats such as “Sun Hat 7” which comes in a yellow/green or the fun “Sun Hat 16” which is an array of many different colors just perfect for the summertime. It should be noted, however, that its hats do run a little pricey.

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Tracy lives in the downstate area of New York. Some might call her an avid graduation affectionate (MA, Fordham University & MLS, SUNY Buffalo). She’d say she’s just waiting for the right degree to come along with a promise and a ring someday. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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