A twentysomething Kim Kern, left, embraces his then-wife Jenny in front of Strawberry Fields, 712 Mass. Kern opened the store in 1968 as a head shop that became a counterculture hangout. Through the years, Fields has had many different faces. It has been a fine art gallery since 2000, but Kern is closing the store to spend more time painting.
Kim Kern, left, who opened Fields Gallery in 1968 as Strawberry Fields, has decided to close the gallery and concentrate on painting. Kern and Sheila Wilkins, gallery manager, right, cleaned out the store, 712 Mass., last week.
This 1969 newspaper ad for Strawberry Fields shows a list of the items sold in the shop's early years. Among them were bell bottoms, strobe candles, underground papers and essential oils.
Sheila Wilkins, gallery manager at Fields Gallery, 712 Mass., arranges a Louis Copt painting at the store. The gallery was keeping Saturday hours until last week, when it closed for good. Owner Kim Kern, who opened the store as Strawberry Fields in 1968, wants to devote more time to painting.
Kim Kern's then-wife Jenny looks through a peace sign window in the front door of Strawberry Fields in this 1969 photo. Kern had opened the store the previous year as a head shop named after the Beatles song. He later dropped the word "Strawberry" when the Fab Four broke up in 1970.