Monthly Archives: July 2012

“Carmen Lee”

Oak Tree Vintage is proud to debut Carmen Lee, the first face of our Pin-Up T-shirt Contest! She’s a very accomplished young woman and many of you vintage seekers have probably modeled in something you purchased from Big Star Vintage, Carmen Lee’s online store. Big Star Vintage ( is full of her unique finds; mostly vintage/50s inspired rockabilly pin-up clothing, shoes and accessories.

Carmen Lee, dubbed the Queen of the Hillbilly Crooners, is most well known for fronting her rockabilly/country band ‘Carmen Lee & The Tomorrow River Two’ ( Her unique, dusky vocals and catchy tunes give The Tomorrow River Two their very own style as they pay homage to the 50s/Sun Studio sound of Elvis and Johnny Cash. The group consists of Carmen Lee on vocals, Carmen’s father (whom they just call ‘Orlow’) on vocals and acoustic guitar and Elloitt Abbott on stand-up bass. When it was time to form the trio, Carmen asked her father to be in the group because she had performed with him her whole life. He was in bands when Carmen was young and, in fact, Carmen’s mother used to sit her in the middle of her father’s band practices as a baby if she was fussy, as she was always content around music. And fate intervened when close family friend  Elliott Abbott agreed to join the group out of a common love of rockabilly/country music. So began the weekly practices, live gigs and eventually the recording in 2011 of their first album Big Star.

As well as writing and recording the music for her band, Carmen Lee is also a vintage stylist. In her free time she models and does freelance writing for Vintage/Retro Magazines. Carmen Lee embodies everything vintage; the music, the style, the soul, the class and she has the attitude to match. As her hit song ‘Big Star’ says about becoming a success and leaving those who treated you unkind in the dust; “I’m gonna be a big star, now you can shine MY shoes!”.

Why doe’s Oak Tree Vintage LOVE LOVE LOVE Carmen Lee? Beside the fact that she is a beautiful young woman, we love the message that her accomplishments provide her fans. Although a very accomplished woman, Carmen Lee’s sparkling personality invites new fans to fall in love with her style, passions and undeniable charm.

Be sure to follow Carmen on Facebook at and check out her new vintage finds at

Oak Tree Vintages’ “The Carmen Lee” men’s shirts and women’s tank tops will be available for sale Monday July 16th.


“Sneak Peek at The Bruery’s New Tap Room”

Patrick Rue, Founder/CEO of The Bruery and Vanessa Michelle, Founder of Oak Tree Vintage

Oak Tree Vintage was honored to be included in this past Sunday’s “Sneak Preview” for the Bruery’s new tap room. The Bruery is opening their new tap room on Independence Day  and Oak Tree was able to experience the new venue along with some of the best in the craft beer business. Ok, we obviously love this place and the people who both work and frequent the Bruery. For those of you who are familiar with the Bruery’s original tap room, you’ll be glad to know that along with a many great new taps in place, there is also air conditioning!

The difference between the Bruery’s tap room and The Bruery Provisions is that the tap room is a place where beer aficionados come savor several of the 40 Bruery beers on

Johnny and Danny Fullpint of the with Vanessa Michelle of Oak Tree Vintage

tap while mingling amongst other craft beer loving individuals, while at The Bruery Provisions, you have more of a sit-down low-key eatery slash store environment with a great selection of “fancy cheese” for sale.

The flight for the guests was a 5 stepper starting with Loakal Red then going to Trade Winds (thai basil triple), on to Mischief, Oude Tart and finishing with the one and only Black Tuesday.
Amongst the craft beer greats in attendance were Julian Shrago, head brewer of Beachwood Barbecue; the Porter family who has established Smog City Brewing; Michael Church of Stone Brewing Sales Representative for the Coachella Valley area, Barbara Gerovac of Anaheim Brewery; Out of the Park Pizza from Anaheim Hills (Stone Brewing Night on July 12); Tony

The new tap room during development

The Bruery’s new tap room after completion

Alcazar of The Bottle Room in Whittier and his gorgeous wife Amanda; Bottle Room Manager Catelyn Willig who we will miss dearly since she will be heading out to be adventurous in Norway amongst other places…come back soon!; Jimmy of Downtown LA’s Far Bar (you’ll be reading about this place soon, the best place in Little Tokyo thus far!);

Ryan Sweeney of LA’s Verdugo Bar and West Hollywood’s Surly Goat;  craft beer intellectual and founder of The Growler Initiative, as well as

the excellent writer of Beer SearchParty /; Johnny and Danny Fullpint of the; Jason Stinnett (AKA, my hunk), part owner of

Amanda Alcazar, Vanessa Chavoya, Catelyn Willig and Vanessa Michelle

Roy Chavoya of Beers in Paradise, Jimmy of Downtown LA’s Far Bar, Julian Shrago, head brewer of Beachwood Barbecue and Jason Stinnett of HopScotch in Fullerton

HOPSCOTCH, Fullerton’s hottest new craft beer bar featuring craft beer, cigars, whiskey and soul food opening in August, Roy Chavoya, president of Beers In Paradise and his

Matt Olesh the Bruery’s new Director of Retail Operations

lovely new wife Vanessa Chavoya. There were also plenty of our craft beer friends from all over So. Cal…cheers to them all.
The craft beer movement would not have the momentum or the success it has had without individuals like those mentioned above and most assuredly not without leaders and innovators in the industry like Patrick Rue, Founder and CEO of the Bruery who started homebrewing as a diversion in the first year of law school.

Many thanks to Matt Olesh the Bruery’s new Director of Retail Operations for getting some of the best SoCal craft beer bloggers to the sneak peek of The Bruery’s new tap room.

We’ll be seeing you all at The Bruery’s new tap room!

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