BuyDay Friday: Shopping in San Juan

If you find yourself in Old San Juan with a retail itch you just have to scratch (and who doesn’t?), resist the urge to follow the hordes to the jam-packed designer outlet stores and make a detour to 105 Calle Fortaleza instead.

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There, the delightful Guillermo Jeffs has been selling Panama hats out of his tiny store, Ole, for more than 30 years and will custom-fit (using nothing more than a blow dryer and a hat block) one of his collection of 5,000 lids to your size and taste. Choose a jaunty variegated style in vivid red, yellow and blue, or go traditional and accessorize a creamy-hued fedora with a woven cotton band in the color of your choice.

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On my last visit, Guillermo measured me and determined, much to my dismay, that my head would only fit in the largest standard hat size – seven and three quarters. (Must be my incredible brain – or maybe my head full of dreads.) Nevertheless, I left Ole with a capacious scarlet-ribboned Panama of my own and a functional and stylish souvenir of a great trip.

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What off-the-beaten path retail opportunities have you discovered on your travels?

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