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June 27, 2013

Faces of Fauquier: Hat lady sets up shop in Old Town

Photo/Cassandra Brown
Gertie Edwards’ shop features a wide variety of hats for ladies and gentlemen.
My mother’s statement was wearing a hat and gloves. Also, my whole family wore hats and it grew on me.
— Gertie Edwards
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Staff Journalist
On March 23, Gertie Edwards opened an Old Town Warrenton shop that reflects her long-held passion for hats.

The displays at Your Hat Lady offer a visual feast of color, shape and style.

• Age

67

• Home

Midland

• Work

Owner of Your Hat Lady at 23 S. Third St., Warrenton

• Family

Husband, Samuel; daughter, Barbara Minor; son, Samuel Jr.; granddaughters, Kechia, and Samantha, and grandson, Jario.

• Education

GED through Fauquier County Public Schools.

• Civic/and or Church involvement

Usher at Olive Branch Baptist Church in Haymarket and member of Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce

• How long have you lived in Fauquier?


Forty-five years. I grew up in Warren County.

• Why do you live here?

I love the openness, the friendliness of the people and the beauty of the county.

• What would you change about Fauquier?

Nothing. I love it.

• Why did you open the shop?

Fauquier County has been my home for years, and why not start a business in the area I love the most. My inspiration came from my mother years ago. Through prayer and faith, I knew it would be possible.

• Why hats?

I love hats and the way they complete an outfit. I love the way they brighten up a person’s face . . . . My mother’s statement was wearing a hat and gloves. Also, my whole family wore hats and it grew on me. We felt an uplifting, wearing a hat.

• What else do you sell?

We sell fascinators, headbands, gloves, jewelry, purses, scarves, caps, men's hats, ties, cufflinks, tie clamps, tie chains and suspenders.

• Where do you wear hats?

Church, teas, weddings, horse shows, amusement parks, picnics — anywhere you want to cover your head.

• Why do you wear hats?

To accent your clothing, to protect from the sun, to add a little flare or to make a statement.

• What was the best day of your life?

The day my daughter was born.

• What do you do for fun?

I love reading, puzzles, listening to music and making hats.

• What is your favorite song?

I have a couple of favorite songs: “Higher Ground” and “Jesus the Light of the World.”

• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?

Open another location and start a franchise.

Do you know someone who lives in Fauquier County you would like to see in Faces of Fauquier? E-mail Cassandra Brown at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
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