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  • Brewpub owners around the country agree that having an original, fun or funky space where guests feel comfortable is key to ensuring repeat business. A knowledgeable and friendly staff capable of making recommendations to craft beer novices as well as connoisseurs enhances the experience. However, from coast to coast, founders say the secret ingredient to brewing up a popular pub is the willingness to take a chance on daring new concoctions. Raspberries, chocolate and Peruvian purple maize are s

    From coast to coast, founders say the secret ingredient to brewing up a popular pub is the willingness to take a chance. We highlight what’s brewing at some of the country’s best brewpubs.

  • When faced with a difficult market environment, Jim Cramer likes to fall back on long-term themes that have been working. Take energy, for example. The “Mad Money” host noted there has been a boom in oil and gas production in the U.S. Oil-rich regions of the country, such as the Bakken shale in Western North Dakota or the Eagle Ford shale in Texas, are seeing lots of activity. So regardless of current economic conditions, oil and gas companies are benefitting from the recent drilling boom.Of cou

    When faced with a difficult market environment, Jim Cramer likes to fall back on long-term themes that have been working. Read on for his top energy plays.

  • On Nov. 17, 2011, after six years of marriage, celebrity couple Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher . The pair had made headlines when they first emerged as a couple, and very few of those headlines ran without pointing out the 16-year age difference between the two of them.The age gap between Moore and Kutcher made their union a classic May-December romance, and the list of celebrities who have engaged in such unions is long. Almost as long, however, is the list of such couples who couldn’t keep thei

    Divorce lawyers have full coffers thanks to the dissolution of celebrity unions. What are some notable May-December celebrity divorces?

  • Holiday tipping time is here. If you’re looking for advice on how much to give and who should be on your list, we’ve got you covered. We asked expert Diane Gottsman of The Protocol School of Texas for some guidelines. Plus, what to do when you can’t give as much as you’d like. Click ahead to see who gets what.

    Holiday tipping time is here. If you’re looking for advice on how much to give and who should be on your list, we’ve got you covered.

  • It’s Business 101. Anyone who has ever tried to achieve a goal knows that rejection and failure are a normal and healthy part of the process. It’s more prevalent in some occupations, especially in the arts (and particularly among, ahem, writers). Uncertainty can rear its head even when greatness is imminent. Witness a rather popular rock and roll act from the 1970s that got their name when the Who’s drummer Keith Moon remarked they would go over like a lead balloon. Keyboardist John Entwistle ad

    Anyone who has ever tried to achieve a goal knows that rejection and failure are a normal and healthy part of the process. Click to discover many examples of successes that almost weren't.

  • With the 2011 NFL season halfway over, the first 10 weeks have been marked by injuries, disappointments but also breakout performances. Of this year’s breakout players, many have only been in the league for a few seasons, and for these elite players their current contracts may be working against them. Although these premier players may not be making all-star salaries, when it comes time for them to negotiate a new contract, you can expect that their compensation will be more in line with their a

    With the 2011 NFL season halfway over, the first 10 weeks have been marked by injuries, disappointments but also breakout performances.

  • Long before Harry Potter and the Twilight series captivated global audiences, the movie industry has been adapting successful books to movies, translating literary successes into box office blockbusters. Popular books have an already-present fan base associated with them and movies bring these highly popular stories to life. You don’t have to look far to find book-inspired films with major box office success, the titles include names like “Forrest Gump,” “Shrek,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Chro

    Distributors have long understood a successful book can translate into big money at the box office. So, what are the highest grossing films based on books?

  • Life may begin at 40, but job searches that begin at that age can be discouraging. After all, it’s not the job market that it used to be. Entire professions are disappearing, and the labor market is flooded with unmarried, childless, eager young applicants whose salary requirements are generally lower.Despite this grim scenario, older workers shouldn’t despair. They bring such hard-won assets as experience and discipline to the table, and the people doing the hiring know it. “Savvy employers are

    CNBC.com spoke with experts in tech, human resources, and finance to determine which professions are best for workers over 40.

  • The holidays are a great time to show your loved ones how much you care, but why limit these sentiments to once a year? Instead, you can send them love all year round by purchasing gift-of-the-month specials from retailers such as J. Crew and Jacques Torres. To join these clubs, there is no secret password or embarrassing initiation process, but be warned: You may have to splurge a little. Click ahead to see some unique gifts you can give all year long.

    The holidays are a great time to show your loved ones how much you care, but why limit these sentiments to once a year?

  • This holiday season there’s a book for every reader on your list. Some must-haves include biographies of the royals (those with blue blood and those who ruled their corporate empires), books that will forever change the way you think about money (hint: being super-rich isn’t what it used to be), books that inspired this season’s most-anticipated movies, and a book that will really make you think about how you think. Click ahead to see the best books of the holiday season.

    This holiday season there's a book for every reader on your list. Check out the best books of the holiday season.

  • When you operate a small business, half the challenge is getting the word out that you exist. Then, you need to act constantly to maintain awareness of your brand among the public and, perhaps, the investment community. Even with a limited budget and resources, marketing is not a matter you can afford to overlook. Every business plan should budget for paid marketing services—it’s an investment in future sales. But beyond that, there are simple ways to raise your company’s profile at little or no

    When you operate a small business, half the challenge is getting the word out that you exist. Even with a limited budget and resources, marketing is not a matter you can afford to overlook.

  • When it comes to separating the rational from the reckless, few activities draw a line in the sand quite like extreme sports. Do you think you’re an extreme sports practitioner just because you grunt loudly when you hit a tennis ball? Well, try jumping off a 1,000-foot-tall cell phone tower with only seconds to deploy your parachute, or leaping from an airplane for a little wingsuit flying. Your attitude is likely to change.For those who participate in these sports, laughing in the face of death

    People participating in extreme sports can spend anywhere from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands. What are the costs associated with extreme sports?

  • Special editions of well-known auto brands have been around for years and today a consumer with enough buying power can drive in a car that expresses such specific interests as breast cancer awareness (Fiat made 250 Pink Ribbon edition Fiat 500s) or simply an interest in status (Nieman Marcus offers a bespoke 2012 Ferarri FF for sale in this year’s  catalog).Editors from the automotive information resource Edmunds.com joined with the Edmunds online spinoff Inside Line, an auto enthusiast destina

    Editors from the automotive information resource Edmunds.com joined with the Edmunds online spinoff Inside Line, an auto enthusiast destination, to compile this list of the top 10 limited-edition cars.

  • Each year, the analyzes the finances of the members of the U.S. Congress, revealing the members with the highest and lowest net worth and their investments, liabilities and other sources of income. Senators and representatives are required to file annual disclosures of their holdings and investments, which reveal where they are placing their money. The disclosures do not list specific figures and instead provide a range of values for individual holdings - for example, one asset could be listed a

    It is likely interesting for investors to know which stocks their lawmakers have personal interest in. So, which stocks are the most widely held by members of the Congress? Find out!

  • Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi

    Silvio Berlusconi is renowned for his off-color remarks and personal scandal.

  • The motivation to create new products - and start companies that will make those products - come from a variety of places. Some entrepreneurs are interested in making processes more efficient. Some are looking for ways to save people money. Some are hoping they can save the world. Whatever the motivation, entrepreneurs inspire with their creative way of taking a problem and finding a solution. In an effort to find the most innovative new companies, Startup Open, a competition that searches for s

    The motivation to create new products comes from a variety of places. Here are 15 promising new startups.

  • Let’s face it, everyone’s more careful with money these days. After several years of dealing with thrifty consumers, retailers have gotten the message and even high-end department stores such as Nordstrom and specialty stores like Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel are offering a wide range of gifs that cost less than $25. This is good news if you are hunting for small gifts for stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, or items to say thank you to a teacher or co-worker. Click ahead to see some great gi

    After several years of dealing with thrifty consumers, retailers have gotten the message Check out some great gift ideas that cost less than $25.

  • While some people prefer to make monetary political contributions and leave their influence at that, there are others that are looking to have more say in the political process. For entrepreneurs, who enjoy the process of affecting change, the lure of political office is hard to resist. After all, it’s the ultimate challenge for someone who wants to create change on a big scale. And, in many instances, it’s the entrepreneur with a successful business that has the means to enter the political are

    While some people prefer to make monetary political contributions and leave their influence at that, there are others that are looking to have more say in the political process.

  • The dynamic and diverse green tech sector has had a bumpy, and in some cases, rough year. The solar and nuclear industries, in particular, have struggled. While venture capital investment has been strong, investors in many ETFs have seen their investments suffer. Some of the biggest funds have notched deep double-digit losses -- and that's after a strong October showing. Some investors, however, have been rewarded. We decided to take a look at companies in the green industry, whose stocks have p

    Check out some notable companies in the green industry whose stocks have posted the biggest gains so far this year.

  • There’s nothing like a commanding view to make a homeowner feel like the Master of the Universe. While no one has yet figured out a way to put a price on the great outdoors, sellers do place a significantly higher price on an apartment or house with spectacular views of nature. The properties here start out at nearly $3 million, and from there, the prices soar to nearly $50 million for one single-family house in Malibu. The following selections of luxurious homes from Realtor.com include views b

    The following selections of luxurious homes from Realtor.com include views both natural and urban that can be calming, inspiring, or stimulating, each with its own built-in ways to enjoy the lofty vistas.

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