Henry the Hatter in Southfield, Mich., is Still a Family Business
At Henry the Hatter, many traditions remain intact despite changes at its Eastern Market shop and Southfield store locations. Junior sales associate Joe Renkiewicz knows well the old ways of business.
Block and repair hats by hand, and his bird-obsessed farmers – Finn, Quinn, Jake, and Daisy from Mearns Quails — receive tiny hats on TikTok.
Early Life and Education
John Henry began his career as a hatter in a small one-room shop. His mission was to produce only premium quality hats and have employees treat customers fairly – an approach which set him apart from other hatters of the day.
Gratiot Avenue store eventually moved to Library Park Hotel Building at Gratiot and Library Streets in Detroit; eventually another storefront opened up in Southfield, Michigan.
Students at Henry Elementary of the Parkway School District initiated a fundraising initiative in 1995 in order to assist a fellow student suffering from cancer. Their idea was for each student paying to wear a hat on campus for one day a week; eventually this effort raised over $50K, and later after his passing his hat became the subject of an exhibit in Ipswich England.
Achievement and Honors
Over time, Henry the Hatter’s business has earned widespread acclaim. Notable customers include Detroit Mayor Coleman Young, Jack White, Kid Rock and President Dwight D. Eisenhower who wore one to his 1956 inaugural ceremony!
Paul Wasserman’s store, one of the oldest hat shops in the country, was recognized with multiple awards by American Hat Retailers Association including Traveling Hat Salesman of the Year from their Traveling Hat Salesmen category and Appalachian Center for Civic Life Hope Award and Induction into Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Sigma Iota and Spanish Honor Societies at Mercer University.
In December 2017 he opened a second location in Detroit’s Eastern Market and has seen many loyal customers support him even after closing the downtown store.
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