Two Old Hippies
Molly & Tom Bedell
Molly and Tom Bedell opened their Two Old Hippies store in the Gulch in 2011, filling it with the things they love—guitars, music, clothing, gifts, a performance stage, and a magic bus. It immediately became the destination for everything hip and hippie and a spot where the vibe is all about peace, love, and understanding with a healthy dose of rock ‘n’ roll.
What characteristics do you most like about yourself?
MB: I’m a determined person. Stubborn too, in a good way.
TB: She’s also a most caring, generous person.
And what do you like least?
MB: I’m impatient.
TB: I’ve never been diagnosed with ADD, but I think I might have it.
What was the last book you read?
TB: To You We Shall Return: Lessons About Our Planet from the Lakota by Joseph M. Marshall III.
MB: Cocktails Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller and Paris Wife by Paula McLain.
Who would you most like to meet?
TB: The Dalai Lama
MB: John Lennon
What about you would most surprise people?
MB: That I really am a hippie.
What are you going to be when you grow up?
TB: We took two years off and sailed the world, which was incredible, but we got bored. We need to work, to create, to be involved.
Who has most inspired you?
TB: My father for sure, Berkley Bedell, and my son, Ren Bedell, a Buddhist and a very soulful human being.
What are you most proud of?
MB: I have never been handed anything in my whole life. I have worked from when I was thirteen. I’m proud of that. Anything I have done, I made happen.
TB: This is the friendliest city in the world. The famous people want to be treated like everybody else, and everybody else wants to be treated like famous people.
Are you happy with where you’re heading?
TB: Life isn’t about reaching goals; it’s about making a difference; it’s about being alive. Look, I’m 63 years old, and I’m starting a guitar company. My goal is to have the best acoustic guitar company in the world, and I’ve got about ten years to do it.
MB: And I want to be the next Lucky, when it was a really cool store.
What’s it like being you these days?
MB: It can be crazy, non-stop or not. It’s what I make it. Lately I’ve learned to stay at the house a bit more, take some time to myself. But I am driven to create a great experience for everyone that walks through these doors.
What talent would you most like to have?
TB: That’s easy. I wish I could sing.
What is your most treasured possession?
MB: I don’t get hung up on stuff. Nothing really.
TB: I have autographed photos of the Dalai Lama, Mahatma Gandhi, John Lennon, and Mother Teresa.
What about a do-over?
MB: I wish I had spent just a little more time with my boys when they were younger.
TB: And I wish I had met Molly twenty years earlier.
What do you want to be remembered for?
TB: Living life to the fullest and making a difference.
Who do you like to listen to?
MB: I love the Beatles and that whole scene.
TB: Bob Dylan. He’s had a huge influence on me.
What do you most dislike in others?
TB: Narcissism. Self-centeredness.
Two Old Hippies is located at 401 12th Avenue South. For more information visit www.twooldhippies.com.