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This story appears in the January 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Picture this: You're in downtown , about to visit a lounge called The Edison. To get there, you have to walk down a dark alley and through a set of wrought iron gates, leading you down a staircase into the underbelly of a century-old building that houses the remnants of a grungy power plant. But the venue is actually anything but grungy: Plush couches surround authentic generators and turbines, and beautiful chandeliers hang among original piping. Though was responsible for much of the during the building's era, the inventor behind the nearly 2-year-old lounge is Andrew Meieran.

"It's a melding of and aesthetics from that time with [those of today]," says Meieran, 41. "It's an echo of a historic epoch but made applicable to the world now."

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