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September 3, 2013

BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL: New local business invites customers in for a blast from the past

JACKSONVILLE — Interested in taking a trip to the newly-opened “Hippie World?”  

Groovy.

Hippie World, 202 East Woodrow Street, is designed to provide Cherokee County residents with all the tye-dye shirts and skirts, African beads and eclectic art items they will ever need. The store is located next to the Holcomb candy company.

According to a post on pandahi.com, Hippie World is designed to become Chero-kee County's go-to place for “all hippie clothing” and related items for customers of all ages – women and men, adults,  and children alike.

“Hippie World – peace and love! Ask for J.E.,” the post reads.

J.E., who runs the place, said there is an unexpected depth to his 5,000 square foot store.

An estimated 4,000 square feet of it is titled “The Cosmic Church” and will be be used for “B.Y.O.B” music concerts on Friday nights.

The store opened in early August, according to the pandahi.com post. Much of it is still under organization.

 J.E., who is referred to by his initials rather than his full name, said the store also will provide a fantastic display venue for aspiring artists.

“I will be putting in all types of art and artist works on consignment,” he wrote on www.pandahi.com. “I am looking for tons of artists – from painting to sculpture. Anything that is original art.”

The post places an additional and very specific emphasis on the “original” art designation. No craft items will be welcome, J.E. says.

Anyone interested is invited to call J.E. 936-369-4117. Should no one at that number answer he or she can leave their name and number and expect a return call in the near future.

As stated earlier, 5,000 square feet makes for much space in this shop –  areas of wall providing open space for large and small artists alike.

The ultimate goal of Hippie World is to promote this specific form of expression to an audience that might not otherwise have access, J.E said.

A web page for the store is still being designed and should be up and running at some point next week, J.E said.

“Please call as soon as possible to get an interview to put your art in this venue,”  he said in his pandahi.com post. “This is a chance for all the unknown artist to have a chance to display their art. … This is a fantastic proponent for unknown artists to get their art out in the public! So don't delay and call today.”

Again, that store phone number is  936-369-4117.

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