Born in Flint, Michigan, Melani settled in Chicago as a young adult alongside her brother. She went to college but it just wasn't for her. She worked in bars and restaurants and quickly worked her way up to management. Melani moved from Chicago to NY and spent several years learning about beers and at the same time running a small theater. A move back to Chicago gave her the opportunity to open her own bar, The Green Lady, a phenomenal beer-focused bar located at 3328 N Lincoln Ave.