"Brewella's" -- A Walk Down Memory Lane
On a road trip to New Orleans, Lakewoodite’s Chris Murphy and partner Joe Keppler toyed with the idea of creating a place similar to visiting your grandmother’s home, where you felt welcomed, comfortable and well fed. After much brainstorming with friends, their baby, Brewella, was born in late fall of 2018.
I moved back to Lakewood from San Diego, almost three years ago now, still trying to catch up with all the new eclectic shops/restaurants Lakewood has to offer. Last Sunday morning, I awoke to another gorgeous Sunday, and walked a half block down the street to Brewella’s.
Being a Cancer, (Zodiac sign) I love everything quaint, collectible, and vintage. Walking into Brewella’s I felt l hit the jackpot! A vintage shop, that serves coffee, and delectable crepes, savory & sweet. Was I really awake on this Sunday morning, or am I still dreaming?
Brewella is Vincent Van Gogh meets Georgia O’Keeffe and they had a bunch of artistic offspring. I was overwhelmed with all the artifacts, teacups, paintings and collectibles. First things first, I thought, let’s eat.
After speaking with the girl behind the counter, who educated me on the various coffees, (I am not a coffee drinker) I decided to go with the Lavender Latte, (they use Phoenix coffee), and the Summer Special crepe, the Peach Cobbler. My food came up shortly which I took outside on the two-table patio, as I cautiously sipped the lavender latte. Guess what? I am now a latte drinker, hmm.
Now comes the real test, being a Chef in San Diego, I worked in a French restaurant for a short time, where they specialized in crepes. Hands down, my Peach Cobbler crepe was perfect in every way a crepe should be. Served with warm peaches atop, a cinnamon, graham crackery crumble inside, and whipped cream accompaniment. OMG, I could become addicted to this place.
The added benefit of eating here is almost everything is for sale on the walls, and surrounding space. The menu and the collectibles are seasonal, and the owners are always looking for more unique stuff to replace what you have chosen to take home with you. It’s almost like having breakfast and going home with a new pet.
Brewella’s is adorned with mirrors of every era, size and shape, tea pots, ships, jewelry, and art suited for the young at heart and the wise. It has a homey feel to it; you just might want to bring the kids and grandma too.
Brewella’s is located at 16806 Madison Ave. Tues-Fri 7am-7pm/Sat-Sun 8am-5pm
Eva Starr recently moved back to her heartland state of Ohio, after the transition of her mother. Starr spent the last ten years in San Diego digesting the alluring buffet of wisdom the West Coast had to offer. While there she attended the San Diego Culinary Institute, and worked as a chef in San Diego.
Starr also published her book Quit ‘Should-ing’ on Yourself, while in San Diego featured at the 2016 LA Times Book Festival, and Oprah Winfrey’s Reading Room.
She continues to follow her metaphysical path, teaching Astrology, hosting her television show Reach for the Moon, and exploring the diversified culinary delights Lakewood has to offer.