At the risk of becoming known as the beat reporter at AdFreak on KISS, here’s another news flash about the marketing genius of the makeup-obsessed heavy metal band: it plans to open its first branded coffeehouse later this year in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. However, the idea, although KISS-sanctioned, was not the brainchild of marketeer and self-described discoverer of Van Halen Gene Simmons—it was thought up by Brian Galvin, who is described in this story as a 31-year KISS fan. (One wonders if he’s also keeping up with the months, days and hours of his fandom.) And BTW, did you know that over the years, KISS has put its name on “bowling balls, checks, a coffin, ceramic tile and silver coins”?
—Posted by Catharine P. Taylor
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