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Shopping With A Hearty Ho Ho Ho!

November 19th, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments
1002 East State St., Athens, Ohio

1002 East State St., Athens, Ohio

Yes folks, with Black Thursday, Black Friday and who knows what other Black Shopping Days might arise, when you’re in the Athens, Ohio area you need to go on over to the Market On State Street (formerly the University Mall) and rock on into our holiday edition of the Fur Peace Ranch Company Store. Now, no one owes their soul to this company store (reference, Tennessee Ernie Ford, 16 Tons) but there is no question that a gift from our company store will help salve someone’s soul this holiday season.

Stop on in and pay us a visit. I may even be there myself.

Here’s a collection of shots I took while we get ready to open:

Ready to open

Ready to open

Izze looking for the vintage Paul McCartney

Izze looking for the vintage Paul McCartney

Life at the FPR

Life at the FPR



Goodies galore

Goodies galore

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone… and hope to see you at the Mall!

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  1. Webster
    November 19th, 2012 at 15:27 | #1

    Not to put too fine a point on it, but… Credit for “Sixteen Tons” hasta go to Merle Travis. Controversy swirls however, as there was a guy named George Davis(?) who swore that Merlt T. stole it from him… “I was born one mornin’ it was drizzlin’ rain… “

  2. November 19th, 2012 at 15:49 | #2

    Yo Webster… I know that Merle wrote the song… but the guy who brought it to the world in my time, was… you guessed it… Tennessee Ernie Ford… the old peapicker!

  3. Angelo
    November 19th, 2012 at 19:59 | #3

    Hey Webster…Really!! Your going to go head to head with Jorma! Come on man your crazy.

  4. jim hitchcock
    November 19th, 2012 at 20:35 | #4

    Reminds me of the time I got to sit at the feet of Tex Williams (Smoke, Smoke, Smoke (That Cigarette)) at a bluegrass festival at Devonshire Downs in the San Fernando Valley.

  5. Barbara Jacobs
    November 19th, 2012 at 21:35 | #5

    I once got to sit at the feet of Commander Cody at The Bottom Line as he played and sang that great song.
    It’s all good music.

    “We go back to the dust but a song lives on forever…”
    (Joe Ely, “The Passing Show — The Life and Music Of Ronnie Lane” documentary)

  6. Barbara Jacobs
    November 19th, 2012 at 21:38 | #6

    Love the photos of the Jormall.

  7. Brett
    November 20th, 2012 at 10:33 | #7

    Congrats on the new store!!

    And……….Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sooooooo much to be thankful for

    As a very fine man I know would say…..”Onward”


  8. Brett
    November 20th, 2012 at 10:34 | #8

    Jormall….just saw that…nice one Barbara….

    I hope Paul Blart keeps a close watch on all those priceless Fur Peace goodies

  9. Joanne
    November 20th, 2012 at 12:09 | #9

    Wow, a new store at the mall! Hope it is very successful! I would love to come and support it! But, too far away.Plus, you have no x-large sweatshirts!I looked at the web store and no x-large ones…bummer.I wanted to buy 3 of them for Christmas for my friends!Oh well, they will get the DVD at the Beacon instead! If you have some please e-mail me at joannewirth@yahoo.com.Thank you.
    Happy Thanksgiving Jorma and family!!!

  10. jim hitchcock
    November 20th, 2012 at 13:22 | #10

    Cool, Barbara!

  11. eaglesteve
    November 20th, 2012 at 13:51 | #11

    Best of luck with the store, and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  12. Cyndy Consentino
    November 20th, 2012 at 19:53 | #12

    Dear Jorma.
    I love the store!! Wish it was at my mall!

  13. joe in dC
    November 20th, 2012 at 19:59 | #13

    Jorma, mall..just dont seem to fit right if you know what i mean.
    Hey u got any tuna songs in their 4 sale?

  14. carlo pagliano
    November 21st, 2012 at 14:14 | #14

    That’s the ‘Corners Without Exits’ i’d like to see meself stuck to the windows.

  15. November 21st, 2012 at 14:20 | #15

    I have to tell you, Jorma, it’s just not Thanksgiving without a heaping helping of Hot Tuna the night before. I miss going to the Keswick cafe the Wednesady before Thanksgiving with a couple of friends for a crock of chili and a couple of beers and then wandering across the Glenside streets for 3 or 4 hours with my favorite band. We had some great, great nights at the Keswick Theater for years and years.

  16. November 21st, 2012 at 14:21 | #16

    John :I have to tell you, Jorma, it’s just not Thanksgiving without a heaping helping of Hot Tuna the night before. I miss going to the Keswick cafe the Wednesday before Thanksgiving with a couple of friends for a crock of chili and a couple of beers and then wandering across the Glenside streets for 3 or 4 hours with my favorite band. We had some great, great nights at the Keswick Theater for years and years.

  17. carlo pagliano
    November 21st, 2012 at 16:16 | #17

    Oldschool majestic Rock & Blues strictly elec., the lead guitar by G.E. SMITH !!!
    What a blast Jorma, what a peace of a pearl of electric guitar, magnificent G.E. Smith a real treat and a thrill of a singin’.
    I see Chet in his face.
    Thanks Jorma!

  18. Art Anderson
    November 21st, 2012 at 16:42 | #18

    Jorma, my name is Art Anderson and I’m presently living in Helena, Montana, attending college at the University of Montana, Helena College of Technology. I am majoring in Aviation Maintenance Technology, aviation is my second deepest love in my life. My first deepest love is music, specifically acoustic guitar. I wanted to write you and tell you that I first heard of you when you formed Hot Tuna in the early seventies while I was attending Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, New Jersey. I am partially deaf, can’t hear in my right ear and with the lord’s blessing, have impaired hearing in my right ear assisted by an awesome hearing aid. I was introduced to your music by a close friend, to say I was amazed after I listened to your Hesitation Blues album is an understatement. Then you followed up with Quah in 1974 which totally blew me away. I’ve seen you several times, Once as Hot Tuna in New Jersey in a theater(first set was acoustic, second set electric with Jack Cassidy), once in a bar in New York City when you died your hair a fiery red and played acoustic guitar about 6 feet away from my table..(WOW!). Then I saw you again as Hot Tuna, your second set was with Jefferson Airplane band mates in Concord, California. I had every LP album you produced but lost it all in a flooding in my basement where I had all of my albums and musical equipment. I have followed you ever since that first day and can rightfully say that your songwriting and music have completely influenced my life. I played acoustic guitar when I was young and played a few of your songs, decided to pick up another guitar and start playing again now that I’ve raised my children and have the time to do so. I’m very pleased that the internet has provided me with the opportunity to once again listen to your songs and more importantly, follow your life to date. I woke up this morning and started to think if there was a way to write you, to let you know of these facts I’ve disclosed that I would do so. This is the closest I’ve come to doing just exactly that…and I wanted to thank you for all of your contributions to music and that you still continue this day to influence my life. I pray that your health remains great…and that you continue to play music as you’ve done all these decades. If you ever come play in Missoula, Montana, I’ll be the first in line to get front row tickets, where I can hear you well and once again enjoy the music you play. Thanks again,…Sincerely, Art Anderson

  19. Art Anderson
    November 21st, 2012 at 16:48 | #19

    Jorma, One more thing….Thanksgiving is my favorite of all holidays, where we can hear/see of our close friends and family and celebrate how thankful and appreciative we are to have know them in our lives. Well I’m very thankful that I got to know you, and I wish you a happy and joyous Thanksgiving….Art

  20. Barbara Jacobs
    November 21st, 2012 at 20:41 | #20

    Thank you, Brett and Jim!

  21. November 21st, 2012 at 23:13 | #21

    Hey Joanne… we do have XL’s. Call Kelley a the store… we gott’em.

  22. November 21st, 2012 at 23:15 | #22

    Hey Art… back attcha brother. For pickin’ try our instructional site http://www.breakdownway.com.. You’re gonna love it.

    Enjoy the holidays with your family…

  23. Jim T.
    November 22nd, 2012 at 10:55 | #23

    I’m not much of a mall person either….if we had a Fur Peace Ranch Company Store in our mall it would give me a reason to go!I’ll manage it for you!

  24. Barbara Jacobs
    November 22nd, 2012 at 12:51 | #24

    “The JORMALL” — coming to a location near you!

    Happy Thanksgiving to All!

  25. johno
    November 22nd, 2012 at 13:12 | #25

    Just want to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to you, Jack and Barry and all those at the Ranch and out there in Tunaland. We all have so much to be grateful for.

  26. Barbara Jacobs
    November 22nd, 2012 at 19:14 | #26

    Art ROCKS!
    Very good to hear that you are doing well, Art.
    Yours is a very inspiring story, indeed.

  27. Cyndy Consentino
    November 22nd, 2012 at 19:27 | #27

    Dear Jorma,
    Happy Thanksgiving to you, Vanessa, Izze, Zach, and the entire
    Tuna family! Hope you are having a wonderful holiday!
    See you next week at the Beacon. And on the 29th
    of December at the Ranch!

  28. Joanne
    November 23rd, 2012 at 13:25 | #28

    Thanks so much, will do!


  29. Steve Singer
    November 23rd, 2012 at 19:58 | #29

    I was at every one of those Thanksgiving eve Keswick show. Thank you Jorma & Jack for what- 10,11 years in a row. What a blessing. You’ve got a family now so I dig where the heart wants to be. See you back at the Keswick soon 🙂

  30. rupert williams
    March 4th, 2013 at 12:40 | #30

    @Barbara Jacobs
    hi Barbara
    found you here by accident it’s Rupert maker of the Passing Show, we’ve just been included in Mojo magazine’s list of the hundred greatest music related films of all times and I was just doing a google search and found you, had lost your contact details. Anyhow hope you are OK and I just wanted to thank you again for all you did for us in promoting the film back then which was a lot more than Eagle vision who we unfortunately signed the deal with!!
    It’s out of liscence this year(we did a 7 year deal) and we’re looking for a new one as it would be a tragedy if it went out of print. Don’t know if you’ve got any ideas? Hope this message gets to you (don’t know how this works) I’m on Facebook or my e-mail is rupertmwilliams@hotmail.co.uk

    take care and all the very best

  31. Webster
    May 15th, 2013 at 10:09 | #31

    Yikes. So glad I looked back at this post… I, of course, never meant to suggest that you didn’t know who wrote the tune. I guess I was just throwing credit where its due and conversatin’ re: disputed authorship of “Sixteen Tons.” Plus… Merle’s version is better 🙂

  32. Bella
    August 23rd, 2018 at 20:55 | #32