It might be hard to believe considering its vast array of products, but Sears, Roebuck and Co. began with one accessory: watches. In 1886, Richard W. Sears bought a box of unwanted watches from a jeweler, thinking he could turn a profit by selling them. He was correct and committed to the watch business by hiring Alvah C. Roebuck, an experienced watchmaker.
As time went on, though, their business expanded its umbrella far beyond what people wore on their wrists. Sears became known as the place to shop for almost any appliance, from sewing machines to those magical boxes that create water from nothing and clean your clothes.
Today, the stores stock clothing, accessories, electronics, kitchen equipment, tools for outdoor living, and home decor. This variety is sustained by Sears's proprietary brands—Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard, to name a few—and other national names that populate the shelves.
The 10th Annual Kohler Food & Wine Experience will import well-known local and international chefs for a long weekend of gourmet gastronomics. The comestible festival kicks off on Thursday as Top Chef runner-up Bryan Voltaggio presents "Home Techniques Using Molecular Gastronomy," a seminar demonstrating how science is used to forge flavorful and innovative sustenance. After evolving into an Einstein of edibles, sink your teeth into Thursday's complimentary events and delicious, sample-sized treats.