Shepherdstown eatery thriving after fight with Marley estate

CHARLES TOWN – Friday night’s performance here by The Wailers offers a positive interaction with the Bob Marley legacy, unlike the showdown that embroiled a Jefferson County business last year.

In 2011, the Marley family began wrangling with Shepherdstown’s Mellow Moods Café & Juice Bar, contending the eatery at 111 W. German St. was guilty of trademark infringement.
At the time, the estate was unveiling a new line of beverages called Marley’s Mellow Mood, a canned “relaxation drink” made with passion flower, lemon balm and melatonin.
Sold in four varieties, the drink’s name comes from a hit Marley recorded in 1973.
Mellow Moods owner Philip Mastrangelo didn’t want to abandon the name he’d spent four years building for his business – but he didn’t want to enter a protracted legal battle with Marley’s estate either.
In the end, the showdown wrapped up in a way that Marley would have liked – in peaceful co-existence.
Following a sitdown between Mastrangelo and the beverage company’s president, the two agreed that both businesses would continue with their separate “Mellow” enterprises.
Mastrangelo has noted that his restaurant never has employed Marley’s image or name.
Meanwhile, cans of Marley’s Mellow Mood now can be found in convenience stores and other locations in the Panhandle.


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