Meet Steve! He is an artisan and proprietor of the coolest cap shop I have ever been in.
Mark and I were mooching along in the vicinity of the Heritage Trail in Boston when we came across it. The shop was shut the first time we went past and really busy the second time, but the third visit was the charm (in every sense of the word) and we had a most enjoyable visit.
The shop is called William Carlton and is located at 148 Salem Street, and in my opinion this is a must visit shop in Boston. The shop is named after Steve’s grandfather, which is a lovely tribute.
Going inside is like stepping back in time; no modern equipment here.
I had a case of serious lust over some of his notions and shop fittings.All the hats are made with treadle machines, most of which were donated to Steve’s enterprise.
He has all sorts of machines in here, including the one he began the business with – a Singer 99K. Truly, it’s like a museum in this shop. He has vintage irons, and this really cool steamer
and I thought this poster might be really handy.
I have had plans to make Mark a cap for a good while, and even bought a pattern, but I really wanted to buy one of these for him, so he now has a souvenir of our trip to Boston. This is Steve “branding” the cap with his details and Mark’s initials.
and making a bag to keep the cap in
and of course, photos of Mark looking pretty happy in his cap as we take in the sights of Boston.