When Andy, Brad, and Ed decided that they wanted to start their own brewery, many of the pieces were already in place. Andy and Brad had been home brewing for years, their experiments in alcoholic alchemy resulting in such special recipes as White Chocolate Raspberry Stout and S'mores Porter. Ed had a background in business and a love for craft beer himself. What the team didn't have, however, was money. Since loans were hard to come by due to the economy, the three raised the cash in the only way they knew how: a swap meet. Dan Marino collectibles, sports cards, and even a massage table were sold to the bargain hunters, and the three got the cash they needed to start their brewery.
Though Brew Rebellion's origins are humble, the beers are not. Brewed in batches of only thirty to fifty gallons at a time, the menu is always populated with new, fresh creations. Though mainstays such as the Peach Honey Wheat are typically available, the chalkboard's erasers are choked with the wiped-away remnants of limited-time offerings. Local ingredients go into the beer whenever they're available, sometimes even including jalapenos picked from the brewer's own garden.
Merle Norman Cosmetics' name comes from Merle Nethercutt Norman, who founded the company back in the 1920s. Initially, she made beauty products just for her family and friends, but she was so successful—especially with her "try before you buy" philosophy, which back then was quite unusual—that a full-fledged makeup company grew up around her. Nowadays, the company is still thriving and is now run by Merle's nephew. Their products, all made in the United States and modernized since Merle's early days, include makeup in sheer and saturated hues, a line of skincare products, and assorted perfumes.
World Discoveries amplifies the imaginations of little ones with a selection of classic and eclectic board games, science kits, dolls, and other interactive distractions. Its junior versions of Monopoly and Scrabble prepare tykes for the cutthroat world of spelling bees and elementary-school property disputes, and its Jenga Max tower tests the patience of wee players with perpetual rebuilding projects. A set of Blendy pens encourages kids to mix and match colors, and Scientific Explorer kits demonstrate modern science in action with chemistry sets, mock volcanoes, and baking-soda-fueled rockets.
Named after the colorful bracelets that jangle on the wrists of many Indian women, Ruby’s Bangles gives its patrons an opportunity to partake in ancient Eastern beauty rituals. In the spa, aestheticians use eyebrow threading techniques inspired by Egyptian beauty rituals to remove unwanted hair. Skilled henna artists can transform hands and feet with dramatic plant-ink designs. The store's boutique boasts a wide selection of Indian-inspired jewelry, including bindis, necklaces, bangles, and hip chains for belly dancing or keeping prank-prone jeans from running away.