“Two Old Hippies” store to open in Nashville

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Dave Carew

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Interview with Molly Bedell of “Two Old Hippies”

A few weeks ago—thanks to a well-placed Help Wanted ad in The Tennessean and other auguries—word began leaking out that Two Old Hippies is about to open a second store in Nashville, in the Gulch. (The presents store is in Aspen; the tentative date for the Music City opening is September.) The store’s co-owners, Tom and Molly Bedell, retired from successful careers several years ago. After the Great Recession hit in 2008, they felt they needed to regroup and reinvent themselves.  They reflected on their lives and realized some of their most fun years were in the 60’s and early 70’s.  Shortly thereafter, Two Old Hippies was born.

The idea of the store, say Tom and Molly, is “an outlet for the values and beliefs that two ‘born’ hippies acquired long ago: Seek peace and harmony for all living things. Inspire community.”

Underground Nashville recently conducted this exclusive interview with Molly Bedell:

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE: What will be distinct about Two Old Hippies?  What unique elements and atmosphere will customers find there?

MOLLY BEDELL:  Two Old Hippies is a lifestyle concept store we created on the foundation of “peace, love & rock n’ roll.”   Our guests in Aspen always comment that we are the most fun, experiential and friendly place to shop; our sales team make you feel at home. We sell acoustic guitars; women’s, men’s, and kids’ apparel’ jewelry; unique gifts…so many fun things that everyone of all ages have fun at Two Old Hippies.  We also sell rock n’ roll memorabilia.  Whether you have $5 to spend or $5,000, there is always something at our store. And, we will have our signature 1965 VW bus inside the store as a display feature. Plus a full-on stage venue for musicians to play their music.

UN:  What drove your decision to open this second store?

MB:  Well, Nashville is “Music City” and we love music.  We also have some really great friends who live in Nashville, so it we also have a built-in fan base.  We have fallen in love with Nashville and its energy, lifestyle, and how family-oriented it is, plus its natural beauty.

UN:  What do you hope your future customers in the Gulch say about their experience in your forthcoming store?

MB:  That they felt at home and welcome.  They had a lot of fun.  They loved our lifestyle concept and think it is the coolest place in town.

Underground Nashville will cover the opening of Two Old Hippies when the store officially opens in Nashville.  Until then, you can visit TwoOldHippies.com.

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance book editor, publicist, and advertising/marketing/public relations writer.

 

 

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