A hat can keep you warm, dry and safe from sunburn, but the right chapeau can do even more. It can show pride and allegiance to your favorite team, town or culture and add panache and style to your whole look. Humphrey Bogart’s fedora set the mood in “Casablanca” faster than you can say, “Play it again, Sam,” and it is difficult to imagine seeing Lady Gaga, Pharrell Williams or John Wayne without some signature headgear. Although the venerable Village Hat Shop is no longer in Old Sacramento, these local businesses will help you find just the right lid for your noggin.
Handley’s Western Wear
314 E. Bidwell St.
Folsom, CA 95630
(916) 983-2668
www.handleyswesternwears.com

Since it first opened more than 50 years ago, Hadley’s has been the go-to spot for western apparel and boots in the Sacramento region. There is an extensive selection of high-quality cowboy hats from Bailey, Resistol, Stetson and more, and the customer service is top notch. The staff is trained in the surprisingly skilled art of hat shaping, and is happy to help you get just the right fit free of charge.

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Shayla Allen at the Sacramento Kings Team Store (Credit, Valerie Heimerich)


Sacramento Kings Team Store
1151 Galleria Blvd., Suite 1012
Roseville, CA 95678
(916) 787-1100
www.kingsteamstore.com

Sacramento basketball enthusiasts come to this bright Roseville store for hats that announce their loyalty to the hometown Kings. There are a myriad of options in styles and designs, and the many types of team gear is not limited to the traditional purple, black and silver colors. Knit hats, beanies, snapbacks and stretch caps are available for adults and children, and parents can get their tiny future Kings fans decked out perfectly in team apparel for infants and toddlers.

The Pink House
1462 33rd St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 737-7465
www.facebook.com/thepinkhouseshoes

This petite, one-of-a-kind boutique specializes in handbags, jewelry, accessories and an amazing array of unique shoes and boots. Devoted customers know they can find fun, chic hats for women as well, always in the styles and colors that are perfect for the current season and weather. The shop’s owner is equally beloved for her extensive involvement in the community and generosity toward local non-profit groups.

Madamepeace
www.etsy.com

The Madamepeace shop on Etsy is run by Sacramento local and yarn artist Elizabeth, who has developed a loyal following for her handmade creations. There are stylish and comfortable berets and hooded scarves, as well as a wide variety of folk slouch and urban slough beanies. The owner has recently introduced a line of headgear and accessories made with bamboo-blend yarns and other sustainable, eco and animal friendly materials. Madamepeace can also create custom pieces in whatever colors and styles you want.

California State Railroad Museum (Credit, Valerie Heimerich)


California State Railroad Museum
125 I St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 445-7387
www.csrmf.org

The gift shop in this huge – and hugely popular – Railroad Museum offers clothing, DVDs, books, artwork, HO scale trains, games and other goodies for rail enthusiasts. Adults who grew up dreaming of being at the helm of a powerful locomotive will not be able to resist the classic engineer’s hats, and there are pink and blue striped versions for children as well. Museum logo caps are available, and the little ones will love the Thomas the Tank Engineer caps.

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Valerie Heimerich is a freelance writer out of Sacramento. She typically covers animals and community issues. She has volunteered and worked for many organizations helping animals and people.
Her work can be found at Examiner.com.