Monday night was a special night at Two Old Hippies Nashville. The hippies hosted a evening of rock and roll to honor Robert Knight and his two books: Slash and Rock Gods. Robert showed up to promote and sign these amazing books of his photography over the years. With live performances by young artists involved in Robert’s Brotherhood Of the Guitar Project, the night was nothing short of fantastic. Make sure you check out Robert Knight’s bio and website links are below. Both books are also available at Two Old Hippies. Stop by or call (615) 254-7999 to order.
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There is only one place in Aspen where you can find a psychedelically painted 1962 VW magic bus, with a vanity plate that spells “TOH.” This car is certainly hard to miss, as it parks in front of one of Aspen’s most eccentric stores.
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?The Nadas Performing at Belly Up, in Aspen Colorado?
?The Band, the Nadas, playing a few songs at Two Old Hippies? Aspen. Playing Bedell Guitars.
HiPPiE HYPE! Two Old Hippies attended the Aspen Wintersköl Luncheon at the St Regis Resort on January 12th and were awarded the 2012 Emerging Business of the Year award from the Aspen Chamber. Check out the link to the full are here in the Aspen Daily Times. Go Hippies!
Posted by Heidi on Sep 29, 2011 in Fashion, Featured
Home » Fashion » Pattern Palooza
I wrote a post earlier this month about fall fashion trends that I think everyone should try to incorporate into their wardrobe. How’s that going for you so far? As for me, I haven’t even switched out my closet to fall and winter yet, so I am not practicing what I preach.
As a sidebar to these major fall fashion trends, I have been noticing a lot of PATTERNS lately. I’m going to preface by saying “tread lightly” on these trends. By this, I mean do NOT mix and match them, and only wear one piece at a time. This pattern trend seems to fall into three groups: tie dye, polka dot and animal. And it’s everywhere – a veritable pattern palooza for fall.
If you do choose to wear tie dye, please do not feel as though you need to incorporate all colors of the rainbow. This is not a Phish concert. Think monochromatic or subdued. Basically, it is just another type of pattern. StyleBlueprint Nashville featured a beautiful tie dye cashmere sweater from the store Two Old Hippies.
Molly and Tom Bedell are not your typical business people. And Two Old Hippies — the playfully named and recently opened clothing/stringed-instrument shop in the Gulch — clearly is not a conventional business.
“We have done everything to create vignettes and lifestyles themes throughout the store,” said Molly, pointing to a 1965 model Volkswagen bus anchoring the store’s midsection.
“We call it the Magic Bus,” Tom said. “When we think about the 1960s lifestyle, what better symbol than a Volkswagen bus?”
The Bedells came of age in the 1960s and love classic rock, pop and folk music. Molly digs The Eagles, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, The Doobie Brothers and Little Feat, while Tom counts Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Peter, Paul & Mary among his faves. Both love The Beatles.
The Bedells recently arrived in Music City from Aspen, Colo., where they met seven years ago and where they opened their first Two Old Hippies in 2009. It was almost instantly successful, so they searched for a second locale. Nashville just made sense, Molly said.
“Tom and I have traveled all over the world and never thought we would land in any place other than Iowa or Colorado,” she said.
The son of legendary former U.S. Rep. Berkley Bedell, Tom grew up in Spirit Lake, Iowa. As a teen in the mid-1960s, the entrepreneurial young man confidently created his own boutique guitar brand and established two retail stores combining vinyl records and guitar sales.
“That was a time when there was free spirit and we believed we could make America a special place,” Tom said.
Fast-forward four decades later and Tom has jump-started the making of Bedell Guitars (and acquired Breedlove Guitar Co.), with the brand sold in approximately 200 music shops. With an interior design background, Molly has created clothing brand 2OH — available, of course, at Two Old Hippies.
Melding six-strings, rock ’n’ roll memorabilia and hip fashion, Two Old Hippies — like its gracefully aging owners — is unusual, and fascinating.
“People walk in,” Molly said, “and say, ‘Oh my gosh.’ ”
ASPEN — Two Old Hippies, an Aspen bastion of acoustic guitars, flower-power threads and just about all things groovy, has taken its act on the road.
Owners Tom and Molly Bedell have opened a 8,000-square-foot outlet in the Gulch, a recently redeveloped retail, office and residential district near downtown Nashville, Tenn. Monday marks the one-week anniversary of the launch in the artsy mixed-uses district.
It’s an extension of the Aspen shop, albeit one that is eight times larger than the sister store, with much more room to navigate. There, you’ll find the same types of items: expensive Breedlove-brand acoustic guitars, novelty items with some sort of ’60s connection, even clothing inspired “by the art of John Lennon.” Only there’s a lot more of it in the sprawling store, which also features a Volkswagen van painted in trippy colors.
Molly Bedell said she and her husband realized a year and a half ago that it might be time to take their business concept elsewhere.
“You know the nature of (retail) in Aspen; it’s just short-lived in terms of tourism and all the shoulder seasons,” she said. “We said, ‘It’d be really nice to test this concept that we have in a year-round market.’ ”
They thought of New York or California, but had friends in Nashville, so they visited the Tennessee capital about a year ago and started scouting potential locations. Bedell found the right spot in March and began negotiating what would be a 10-year lease with an option to renew.
“This (property) was an old print shop. Then it was a bakery before us. It’s in a very old building with a long rectangular space. We almost completely gutted it and started fresh. We kept a few rooms. It has a lot more of everything because it’s so much larger but it still has the same feel and flavor of the Aspen store. It’s very eclectic; just think ‘a lot more guitars.’ ”
Two years ago, Two Old Hippies took over the Monarch Street space formerly held by guitar shop The Great Divide. The Great Divide line is still sold at Two Old Hippies and is slowly being phased out.
The Nashville shop features a room they call “The Vault,” which Bedell describes as home for Breedlove and Bedell guitars where customers can try out the various styles.
“It’s been great. People are absolutely loving it. They’ve never seen anything like it,” she said of the new location.
Bedell said she enlisted the help of Nashville designer Leah Sohr to get the building ready. “We both think and see things the same. We had so much fun, with everything from making custom jewelry cases and fixtures to all the paint selections,” she said.
The company’s website holds that Two Old Hippies not only is about retail and business, but also a philosophy. “Two Old Hippies is inspired by the values of our generation, steeped in the beliefs that we are one human race, that all living things have equal value and purpose, that we have stewardship responsibility for our Mother Earth, and that the more love we give — the more we get!”
Further, the unique enterprise represents “a lifestyle — an attitude — a connectivity among how we live, work and treat one another.”
An expansion of that lifestyle and attitude in another city is possible, she said, but her next venture may be something a bit different: a shoe store in Nashville, across the street from Two Old Hippies. She’s got her business plan together, and plans to call it Two Old Soles.
By the way, the Aspen store, despite the rollercoaster tourism seasons, is doing well, Bedell said, and still figures prominently in the company’s plans. The local store employs five workers, and the Nashville store has 11.
Bedell said she’s lived in Aspen for 30 years and will remain a resident here.