In Search of ‘Feito’ and Cabezon, the Founders of Cuba’s Most Famous Hardware Store

The hardware store is located on the corner of Reina and Lealtad, in Centro Habana. (14ymedio)

14ymedio bigger14ymedio, Havana, 18 February 2024 — No one calls the hardware store on the corner of Reina and Lealtad in Centro Habana by its official name: La Cubana. For all those who know the business, which was in its time the most important of its kind in Cuba, the place is called Feíto y Cabezón. The surnames of its founders, with some slight colloquial variations, transcended the nationalization, the plummet of the store’s offerings and even its reconversion to the current sales in freely convertible currency.

The documentary Cabezones, directed by the writer Luis Enrique Valdés Duarte, resident in Spain, and the actor Alberto Maceo, who lives in Germany, approaches the story of Nicolás Cabezón, a Spanish migrant who arrived on the Island with nothing but the clothes on his back and ended up creating the most famous hardware store in Havana. On February 24, the documentary will premiere at the Zorrilla Theater in Valladolid, Spain, and its filmmakers have responded to questions from 14ymedio. Both the words and the images captured in the short film speak of travel, entrepreneurship, dreams and absurdities, but also of stubborn, extremely “headstrong” people.

Nicolás Cabezón, in the center wearing glasses, along with his wife, Nena, and his two children, Mari and Pepito on his farm in Havana. (Courtesy)

Question. Screws, washers and nuts. Isn’t this documentary a little far from the topics that both of you have dealt with previously, closer to art, literature and theater?

Answer. In reality, it’s a documentary about memory, emigration, the effort involved in leaving your land and raising your head in another, about injustices and freedom. They are topics that interest us a lot and can be discussed, because they take place among the screws, washers and nuts, as well as between grooves and curtains or on the docks of a shipyard. It is true that we seem to have moved away from our destiny, but we have not betrayed it: this is a documentary about the emotions awakened by all the topics mentioned.

Q. Where did you begin to unravel the theads of this story? From entrepreneurship to emigration, or did it begin with suitcases and continue towards the business world?

A. Curiously, the reason was in the name of that hardware store. Every time we passed by there we asked ourselves the same thing: why is it called Feíto and Cabezón if it is on Reina and Lealtad?, assuming that perhaps it came from the name of its corner, as was the case with so many Havana businesses. We had a theory that perhaps the hardware owner had those physical characteristics (cabezón means a “big head”) and didn’t mind being called that affectionately. But nothing could be further from the truth.

Several of th

Leer más >>


Artículos Relacionados




Si desea contactar NoticiasCubanas.com, el portal de todas

las noticias cubanas, por favor contáctanos.

¡Estaremos felices de escucharlo!


Con gusto le informáremos acerca de nuestra oferta de publicidad

o algún otro requerimiento.





Términos de uso

NoticiasCubanas.com es gratis para todas las personas, nosotros no cobramos ningún cargo por el uso del sitio de ninguna manera. Leer los artículos es completamente gratis, no existe ningún costo oculto en nuestro sitio.

Proveemos una colección de noticias cubanas, noticias internacionales sobre Cuba para cualquier persona interesada. Nuestros usuarios utilizan NoticiasCubanas.com bajo el acto de libre elección y bajo su propia Responsabilidad.

Nosotros no recolectamos ningún tipo de información de nuestros usuarios, no solicitamos ninguna dirección electrónica, número telefónico, o ningún otro tipo de dato personal.


Medimos el monto de tráfico que noticiasCubanas.com recibe, pero no esperamos compartir esta información con alguien, excepto nuestros socios de publicidad. Nos regimos bajo las normas Cubanas en cada cuestión legal, cualquier aspecto no clarificado aquí debe ser considerado sujeto bajo el sistema Legal de Cuba.



Si deseas saber como tu sitio de noticias puede formar parte de nuestro sitio NoticiasCubanas.com, o si deseas publicidad con nosotros.


Por favor, póngase en contacto para mas detalles.

Estaremos felices de responder a todas tus dudas y preguntas sobre NoticiasCubanas.com. ¡La casa de todas las noticias cubanas!


Sobre nosotros

NoticiasCubanas.com es la casa de todas las noticias cubanas, somos un sitio conglomerado de noticias en Cuba. Nuestro objetivo es darle importantes, interesante, actuales noticias sobre Cuba, organizadas en categorías.

Nosotros no escribimos noticias, solo recolectamos noticias de varios sitios cubanos. Nosotros no somos parte, solo proveemos noticias de todas las fuentes de Cuba, y de otras partes del mundo.

Nosotros tenemos un objetivo simple, deseamos brindarle al usuario el mayor monto de noticias con calidad sobre Cuba, y la visión que tiene el mundo sobre Cuba. Nosotros no evaluamos las noticias que aparecen en nuestro sitio, tampoco no es nuestra tarea juzgar las noticias, o los sitios de las noticias.

Deseamos servir a los usuarios de internet en Cuba con un servicio de calidad. Este servicio es gratuito para todos los cubanos y todos aquellos que estén interesados en las noticias cubanas y noticias internacionales sobre Cuba.