Grand opening Thursday for new Dayton hat shop

DAYTON ― Brim, a new hat shop at 464 E. Fifth St. in the Oregon District, will host a grand opening from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Brim stocks more than 500 hats in classic and contemporary styles by a dozen different producers. It is owned by Brian Eastman, a minister at Beaver United Church of Christ, and Amelia O’Dowd, who has a background in fiber art.

The couple was inspired to open the store after living in Boston near a similar shop, according to a news release from the Downtown Dayton Partnership.

Thursday’s grand opening will include a “Mad Hatter Tea Party” with teas from Ghostlight Coffee, accompanied by jazz and swing music. Attendees decked out as an Alice in Wonderland character will receive a 10 percent discount.

“This new business adds to what has become a strong retail center downtown while enhancing the Oregon District’s eclectic mix of dining, shopping and entertainment,” Sandy Gudorf, president of the Downtown Dayton Partnership, said in a news release. “Not only that, but Brim’s owners have transformed a building that once was an eyesore to an attractive downtown destination.”