Robert Brewer

Profile Updated: May 20, 2009
Residing In: Delray Beach, FL USA
Occupation: Owner Home Accessories Store
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While attending Okla. City Univ. I took a part-time job at Montgomery Ward's Penn Sq. Although unplanned this led to a career in retailing, with minor side forays. That continues today.

I moved to Florida in 1973 to become manager/coordinator of a small chain of gift stores owned by a major wholesale supplier in the giftware, home furnishing industry.

I met my life partner while living in Ft. Lauderdale. Together we opened the Trellis Shop in Delray Beach, Florida on Dec. 10, 1978. The previous tenant vacated the space midnight Nov. 30th. 10 days, gallons of sweat and $7800.00 later, we were in business. 5 years later we bought our own building and moved across the street. After two years we cleared the second floor offices of tenants and began a weekends project of creating our own apartment.

My former employer and now good friends guided us into direct importing. International travel became the most exciting adventure of my life.

For many years we spent June traveling Asia, using Hong Kong as our base of operations. September we traveled Europe. Several European friends had separate guest quarters for company - a seed planted. We had kept 4 offices for storage and my workroom. Walls came down, new walls went up. Plumbers and electricians came. Floors got sanded and refinished and we had a guest apartment.

We were together 32 years until his death in 2005. With Skip's passing I continue operation of the store and traveling, but importing has taken a back seat. My current focus, started in 2007 is rehabbing 2 old "cracker" houses on 5 acres in North Central Florida. Happily, this project has no end. There will always be something!

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