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Awards and Recognition - Village Hat Shop

The Internet is getting awfully crowded. If you are like us, you are asking, "Who are all these e-commerce sellers"? Even in our own business category, Headwear, we never heard of half of these on-line businesses (and we've been doing this for a quarter-century). Credibility at this channel is more important than ever. Shoppers need to know who and where they are sending their personal and credit card information off to. We have 4 bricks-and-mortar stores in California (since 1980) and have been selling on the Internet since 1997. In fact, we were among the early pioneers of Internet hat selling. We hope this page teaches you something about us and provides the necessary level of comfort so that you can have fun at VillageHatShop.com and shop with confidence.

Excuse us for boasting, but we feel that it is important for the e-commerce customer to know as much as possible about the business that they are considering.

Hat Retailer of the Year

This award, only in its 8th year, is certainly the most prestigious in our industry. We were the second retailer to ever receive this award and the first to receive it outside of New York City where the yearly industry dinner is held (at Central Park's Tavern on the Green). That's Fred, Tina, Bruce, Susan, Marsha, Fred and Tina's sons Zach and Alex (among others) pictured at The Village Hat Shop table at the awards dinner.

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VillageHatShop.com is one of only 1,600 e-commerce web sites that qualified for inclusion in the exclusive guide to the Internet.

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Twice Henschel Hat Retailer of the Year Award

Henschel is an old and venerable hat company based in Saint Louis, Missouri. In 1989 they introduced their "National Hat Retailer of the Year Award" and The Village Hat Shop was the recipient. In 1996

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Stetson Platinum Dealer

This award simply designates that the recipient purchases a specified dollar amount of Stetson Hats (and pays their invoices on time!).

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Long Beach California Member of the Month

Our biggest retail store is in Long Beach, California. We have been downtown at Shorline Village for almost ten years. This is the city's award for "Retailer of the Month."

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Customer Unsolicited Testimonials

Keeping up with this page is difficult in that ecommerce and our business is growing so rapidly. We launched VillageHatShop.com in 1997 and our service is as good as ever. Our unsolicited testomials literally run into the thousands. For up to date reviews of our service and/or products check the Customer Hat Gallery, our reviews at Amazon.com, or any of the many review sites now online. Many (if not most) of our products have been reviewed by customers right at each product page at our site.

[Original Copy for this Page] We receive many dozens of unsolicited customer testimonials every month. Today is December 3, 2003-I will copy and paste emails from just the past TWO DAYS only so that the reader can get an idea of what these unsolicited emails are like. Click the "Read More" button.

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Stetson #1

This 2005 letter from Stetson and Dobbs speaks for itself.

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Time Magazine, 1999

In their December 13, 1999 issue, the early days of e-commerce, TIME MAGAZINE ran "The 1999 Online Shopping Guide". They limited their list to about 100 e-commerce sites and introduced the guide by writing "Time's pick of the best sites on the Web-to buy the right gift right now."

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Time Magazine 2000

On December 4th, 2000, TIME MAGAZINE introduced another "Time's Guide to Online Shopping." For the second straight year, VillgeHatShop.com was included in this exclusive line-up of reccomended e-commerce sites.

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Yahoo Internet Life Magazine

Yahoo Internet Life Magazine, a stalwart in the world of Internet magazines, runs a monthly department titled "Internet EZ Shopper, Smart Buys For Busy People". In it they include their "Picks Of The Month."

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E-Service Citation

In the 2001 book E-Service, published by the American Managemet Association, we received an unsolicited mention as an e-commerce site that creates community at VillageHatShop.com. (We only discovered this in late 2003 while doing an Internet search using our name as the search criteria.)

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Time Digital Magazine

The November, 1999 issue of Time Digital Magazine included a "Shopping Guide to 250 Sites

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