Susan Trefethen

Profile Updated: August 9, 2016
Residing In: Berkeley, CA USA
Homepage: MOLLYBSTORES.COM
Occupation: OWNER OF 2 WOMEN'S CLOTHING STORES BERKELEY
Children: Molly Hunter Mission Viego CA Married 2 children Molly is 47 years old! Hold on! I thought I was 47!

Christopher More…Bogan San Francisco. Married with 2 children. Chris is 42 years old this year.
Yes! Attending Reunion
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Way too much. College at San Jose State. I married way too young, 1962 to Michael Bogan. Molly was born that year and Christopher in 1966.
We bought our first house in Piedmont believe it or not. We paid $22,000. Michael still lives in the house on Manor Drive. Many memories there as the children grew. Michael and I ended our marriage in 1972. Sad for all of us. I returned to school and took care of the children and got a job all at the same time. Wonder Woman!
I became very involved with the first women's Groups and then all of the other groups that flourished in the 70's and 80's. The human potential movement I believe we called it. From Gurus to Gestalt! Do I dare admit that I took the early EST Training? Don't hold it against me please.
I remarried in 1978 to Douglas Hill. Sharon Gilbert Gillin introduced us and she hasn't stopped apologizing yet!
In fact much of it was wonderful and exciting. A new world of travel opened up to me and I started my new life in Berkeley where I still live.
8 years later I divorced once again. Not fun, divorce. I wouldn't recommend it. During the marriage I started a business being naive as to what owning a business entailed. I believe that naivety is the only way to undertake new and unknown projects. If we knew what we were getting ourselves into we would never in a million years start anything new! I met a woman who became a partner in Rosebud a woman's lingerie shop we opened on Piedmont Avenue in 1978. Neither of us had any experience in retail but we learned quickly and had a really great time.
By golly, the business quickly became successful and before we could catch our breath we owned 3 stores!! 2 in Berkley and the original Piedmont Ave shop.
We soon morphed into women's clothing as neither of us was trained in fitting bras and selling woman's crotchless undies! We called it Rosebud Unmentionables and wouldn't you know, that small operation called Victoria's Secret stole that name from us!
I loved the challenge of running a business even though being a retailer means you are putting out fires all the time.

I eventually bought out my partner and ran the 3 stores myself.

I worked hard and traveled to New York 5 times a year and Los Angels the same. Trying to figure out what women want to wear is always a challenge.

Doug Hill and I split up in 1984 and what did I do? Why I opened up a 4th store in Montclair of course!
The following year was my annus horribilis!
I shuttered all of my stores and began the task of putting my life back together.
I suppose that is a constant in all of our lives.

I traveled abit and took time to reflect and to prepare for what was in store for me.
Once again I opened a store in Berkley in Walnut Square and named it Molly b, after my daughter.
Once again hope triumphed over experience!

My business thrived and I loved the women's clothing business once again.

I bought my wonderful house a few years later and I am still here 21 years later. I live in the Berkley Hills not far from Tilden Park.

About 14 years ago the opportunity arose for me to open another branch of Molly b on Berkeleys bustling Fourth Street. I am still there today shlepping clothes back and forth and putting out fires.
I assume I will keep this up until my body or the economy collapses. Which goes first is anybodys guess. It's been quite a ride.

It is extremeley difficult to wrap my mind around the fact that we are about to celebrate our 50th class reunion! How can that be?

I am extremely grateful for having the good fortune to have spent the many school years in Piedmont with all of my classmates.
What a group we were and still are!
I hope I have the time at the "event" to say hello and give each one of you a hug.

















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Nov 06, 2018 at 12:42 PM

Hello Ann,
Susan here in Berkeley wishing you the best on your upcoming birthday. Looks like I will see you in December.

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Sep 24, 2018 at 3:24 PM

Hello MARY ANN. i WISH YOU A MOST HAPPY BIRTHDAY SEVERAL DAYS LATE. i MISS SEEING YOU, MAYBE ONE OF THESE DAYS.
lOVE, sUSAN

Sep 24, 2018 at 1:20 PM

Hello Old friend Nancy!
Hope you are well. Lovely to hear of your children.
MUCH LOVE
SUSAN

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Jul 16, 2018 at 1:19 PM

Hi Louise, Thinking of you today!
Happy Birthday to you!! Much Love,
Susan

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Hi Sherry, I am sending you warm Birthday wishes, a few days late, but hey, who.s counting.
I have missed seeing you and I hope all is well with you and the girls.

Much Love,

Susan

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Dec 05, 2017 at 12:18 PM

Hey Everyone! Matt’s Birthday is coming up?
Let’s all meet at Matt’s House. I’ll bring a medley
of Kale Dishes, including the Kale cake!! Warm wishes to you Matt!
Susan

Oct 03, 2017 at 6:23 PM

Happy Birthday to you sweet Nancy. I wish it were possible to find time to communicate more. I have such sweet memories of us so many years ago. Let's at least e-mail. each other. Much Love, Susan Trefethen, again

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Dec 11, 2016 at 10:25 PM

Hi Matt, Wishing you the best on your b'day and actually, every day!! They are all precious now.
Big hug to you and I will blow out a candle in your honor.

Susan T.

Dec 10, 2016 at 2:47 PM

Oh my sweet friend from the beginning of time!! You will be TRIGGER to me til the end of time!! Uh oh, is that going to be soon?! I just love you so much, and, yes, you can love someone even if long passages of time go by without seeing one another.Ouch! That hurts. I am wishing you the healthiest and love filled Birthday today! I will blow out a candle in your honor!

So much Love to you my friend,

Susan aka Barbara Lee

Nov 08, 2016 at 11:14 AM

Happy Birthday Ann. Loved the re union at your lovely home. You and Jim are great partners, seen from my eyes. Be sure to vote today!!

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Posted on: Oct 05, 2016 at 7:51 PM

Happy B'day to you Susan. I wanted to have a chance to to talk with you. The time just flew by. It was so great to see so many of our classmates. We were quite a class lucky us! Hugs

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