TWISTED SISTER - Kansas Coffee Shop Forced To Change Name From Twisted Sisters

May 10, 2013, 4 years ago

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According to the Prairie Village Post, TWISTED SISTER has had its lawyers force a Kansas coffee shop into changing its name from Twisted Sisters.

Sandi Russell, who along with her sister, Nancy Hansen, are the sisters operating the Mission (Kansas) shop, says she has received a letter telling them to change the name because it has been trademarked by the band. The letter comes from attorneys representing John French (or Jay Jay French or John French Segall) who is a guitarist and founder of Twisted Sister – the band, not the coffee shop. “At first I thought it was a joke,” Russell said.

Russell says the name for her store is a reference to a family label given to the sisters by their late brother back in the 1960s. He also used to call Nancy the “blond tornado” so Twisted Sisters and the logo, which looks like a tornado sketch are rooted in family and our Kansas location.

While Russell figures she doesn’t have a choice but to look for a new name, she thinks hers has a deeper history than the 1973 band origin. The lawyers have asked her to make the change in a timely manner and told her she can still use “Twisted,” but not in the combination that she uses now.

The Twisted Sisters shop started in August 2012.

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