Inspired by the values of early America, Founding Fathers Brewing Co. was created to offer a premium domestic beer to compete with the products of foreign-owned breweries, all while giving something back to military families. According to the Greenville Journal, founder, president, and CEO Phil Knutsen's father, father-in-law, son, and college roommate all served in the armed forces, inspiring him to get involved. His company is also guided by the knowledge and experience of a military advisory board, and half of Founding Fathers’ profits go to nonprofit organizations supporting families of U.S. Military personnel.
Brewers craft the company’s homegrown beers in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, including a full-bodied lager and a golden, light version for sippers watching their waistlines or saving their calories for a whole apple pie. Customers can now find the bottles and cans in a growing number of locations across the country.
Even Mermaid Art Studio’s sign is a masterpiece. Above the storefront window, a giant octopus with outstretched tentacles holds a redheaded mermaid. The vintage maritime aesthetic carries over to the studio’s interior, where chalk-drawn seascapes and wooden fish sit atop a mosaic floor created by owner Denine Wish and some of her students. During group classes or private lessons, these artists of varying skill levels use provided materials to mold ceramics, paint portraits, and tie-dye their pet ponies’ tails.
With a 13-year track record of melodious success, Coyle’s Richboro Music continues to steer aspiring musicians down the road to virtuosity in effective, engaging lessons designed for all ages and skill levels. With a stable of 17 highly trained, professionally experienced teachers, Coyle’s offers instruction in guitar, bass, piano, strings, woodwinds, brass, drums, and vocals, prepping students for participation in edgy garage string octets and conference-room jam sessions with coworkers. Lesson studios are fully stocked with cables, amps, drum kits, electric pianos, and other tune tackle, and lessons are available every day but Sunday, when musicians around the world traditionally stay home and practice drawing treble clefs. After a month of crafting their chops, newly infused note-wranglers can choose to strut their stuff in Coyle’s quarterly recitals.