We first met Tom Ryan, owner and creator of Republic of Floyd, on September 25, 2011. We chronicled the visit on these pages.
Tom's a cool guy, obviously a recovering hippy, sparkling eyes, sharp wit, hugely irreverent, would be equally at home slinging umbrella drinks at a tiki shack in Jamaica or growing weed in Northern California.
This is one of several photos we took of Tom that day. We were his only customers, he was in a yakky mood, and it was an awesome visit as we got to know him and learn a little bit of how the Republic of Floyd came to be: