Inner Richmond

 

San Franciscans have always loved hats, since the first half of the 20th century and earlier. Streets were often a sea of hats: rounded bowlers, creased fedoras, wide-brimmed ladies’ hats ornamented with flowers and birds. The hat’s popularity today is a shadow of what it once was, and local hatters have all but disappeared. But there’s at least one place where the local hat-making tradition goes on – behind a nearly 100-year-old storefront in the Richmond District.

An almost forgotten trade

When I moved to San Francisco’s Inner Richmond last year, I found a lot of things to like -- Golden Gate Park, Ocean Beach, even the fog. But when I started telling people exactly where I lived, they only cared about one thing: the turkey sandwiches at the Arguello Market. When I went to check it out, I found that the sandwiches were indeed great -- but that wasn’t all that made the place special.