Our Legacy

A message to all our old and new friends regarding the history of Imagine and our legacy -

When we opened our little shop in the fall of 1979, we had high hopes but really didn't know what kind of reception we could expect. We wanted the store to reflect the philosophy John Lennon expressed in his anthem of peace and harmony, "Imagine."

Our goal for Imagine was for it to re-capture the music, art, politics, humor, and lifestyle of the 60s we grew up in back in New York City. We wanted the store to have an unmistakable atmosphere which would impact our customers from the moment they entered our shop. We transplanted ourselves in the beautiful New England seaport town of Mystic, CT, known for its rustic charm, great restaurants, fun shopping and a steady influx of summer tourists from, literally, everywhere.

It didn't take long for us to realize that we were tapping into a strong need that was also shared by all our local customers for offbeat gifts, gags, unique T-shirts, rare CDs and DVDs, posters, tie-dyes, incense, unusual jewelry and ethnic clothing.

The next 37 years seemed to pass very quickly. Throughout the decades, Imagine expanded several times and became known throughout the entire CT and RI shoreline area for its originality, devotion to great musical themes, live concert promotion and humanistic social and political views. Eventually, after several years of contemplation and the urging of our loyal customers from near and far, we decided to develop a plan for a retail website. We closed the store on December 31, 2016. During 2017 we began our new internet business Imaginemystic.com. We have started out small, so that in filling your orders and responding to your requests, we can provide the excellent customer service we were always known for. 

We are deeply grateful for all the support, inspiration and friendship we have received from you over the years. We promise to work hard to keep the site interesting, entertaining and filled with the personal touch that has made Imagine successful.

Enjoy the website!

Thank you,


"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one." -John Lennon