Music Memorabilia Store Opens At Loveless Cafe

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• September 8, 2011

The Rock-N-Roll Pitstop will open its doors Oct. 1 at the Loveless Cafe. This unique retail shop is sure to be a one-of-a-kind experience for collectors of music memorabilia. Formed by Stephen M. Shutts and Robert Reynolds, formerly of the Mavericks, the shop will rotate acquisitions that range from affordable to very high end. Additionally, formal appraisals, brokering and walking buyers through the authenticity process to educate new collectors will be provided.

Under the moniker, Honky Tonk Hall of Fame, Shutts and Reynolds have toured their collections of pop culture for the past decade at state fairs, malls and casinos. They successfully marketed Elvis Presley’s Audubon Drive Home to a world record audience via Ebay, purchased the Zippin Pippin (Presley’s favorite roller coaster) and rescued, with a purchase, Hank Williams’ handwritten notebook at a garage sale, launching a monumental legal battle over ownership of the holy grail of country music.

Acquiring for themselves and other collectors, the two entrepreneurs pride themselves on finding the “unfindable” pop culture relics such as Patsy Cline’s airplane wreckage, Elvis Presley’s baby shoes and unseen film footage of an early Rolling Stones Tour.

The wealth of stories attached to the various items has attracted Taillight Productions’ Thom Oliphant who has signed a TV series development deal, “chronicling the super heroes of memorabilia, pursuit of all things pop culture.”

The Loveless Cafe is located on Highway 100 in Nashville, Tennessee at the Northern Terminus of the Natchez Trace Parkway. Its quaint country charm and good cooking has made it a landmark in the South since its doors opened over half a century ago.

 

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