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Established in 1968 by two of the most bad ass women ever to stake their claim in the midwest counter culture scene, Betty Anderson and Charlotte (Murphy) Radka founded what would become the Original Rock and Roll Emporium. From selling custom leather jackets to bamboo bongs and everything in between, Mother Murphy's quickly grew a cult like following that would establish it as one of the oldest headshops in the country. 

photo credit: Anji Mac

Having found its roots at the height of the cultural revolution of peace and love, Mother Murphy's would carry on its hippie culture well into the 21st century. The legacy would be passed onto Mike and Becky Williams who would go on to curate a wide range of unique and rare goods to sell at Mother Murphy's for over 30 years.


With one foot planted in the past and the other always moving into the future, Mother Murphy's has always looked to find new ways to entertain and always keep your pleasure in mind. The torch was then passed on to three local friends that would start their chapter at the start of 2020. And that's the story so far. 


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Welcome to Mother Murphy's

What's that vaguely skunky smell? Is that the Sex Pistols playing? Those stairs are steep. So does everyone just write on the wall? I wonder if they have blacklight posters.

Are you ready to step out of square society and climb the stairs to Mother Murhpy's? If you aren't 18 don't even think about it.


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