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May 8, 2020

The first local shop devoted to CBD products opens

Photo/Don Del Rosso
During the research phase with shop co-owner Jill Blocker, Nina Gately (above) worked part-time for about six months last summer and fall at Your CBD Store Gainesville.
“We can’t really make medical claims or anything like that,” Jill Blocker says. But, they can use customer testimonials.
The store’s SunMed products use only organically-grown hemp.
The shop carries products for pets.
The customer service, the environment — everything was so welcoming. That’s what I was looking for — someone who really knew what they were doing.
— Sarah Campeol, customer
Your CBD Store Warrenton
• Where: Warrenton Village Center, 251 W. Lee Highway.

• Owners: Jill Blocker and Nina Gately.

• Opened: Friday, May 1.

• Hours: Initially 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

• Employees: Four, including the owners and two part-timers.

• Phone: 540-216-7781

• Website: yourcbdstorewarrenton.com

• Facebook: Click here
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Staff Journalist
Fauquier’s first CBD shop opened its doors last Friday at Warrenton Village Center.

Next to Edward Jones Investments, Your CBD Store Warrenton offers a range of hemp-derived health and wellness products, including oil and water-soluble extracts, supplements, creams, lotions, bath “bombs,” gummies, soda and dog treats.

The store also carries dried or “raw” hemp, whose flower resembles marijuana leaves. It can be smoked or used for cooking or in salads.

While supermarkets, pharmacies and other shops in Fauquier carry hemp products, Your CBD Store Warrenton so far represents the county’s only bricks-and-mortar establishment that specializes in them.

Hemp proponents say the products relieve pain and anxiety, enhance memory and focus and improve sleep.

Owners Jill Blocker, 41, and Nina Gately, 42, decided to open Your CBD Store Warrenton largely because hemp products have worked for them, family members and friends, and a shop would provide a platform to share that experience with plenty of others.

Also during the research phase, Mrs. Gately worked part-time for about six months last summer and fall at Your CBD Store Gainesville and learned that retail appealed to her.

“I loved it,” she said. “I was working with customers and just seeing how CBD changed their lives. I enjoyed hearing their stories.”

A friend of Mrs. Blocker and Mrs. Gately, the Gainesville store owner also encouraged them to start a shop of their own.

Over time, the idea grew on them.

“Eventually, Jill and I just decided to do it, because we both enjoy being entrepreneurs and helping people,” said Mrs. Gately, who as a certified aromatherapist also uses “essential oils” to promote well-being.

Mrs. Blocker found that hemp products eased her anxiety.

“I like gummies,” she said. “I’m a pretty chill person. So, if I feel anxious or anything like that, I will take one and I just feel a body calm.”

Hemp products also have helped her father, who suffers from “horrible” neck and back pain. After using various hemp products, including a cream, his condition has improved, according to Mrs. Blocker.

“Mom said he’s moving around now,” she said. “They said their doctor actually recommended” trying hemp products.

Mrs. Blocker owns a dog-walking and pet-sitting service that also provides training. Hemp products help relax excitable animals, she said.

“When a client adopts (pets), we don’t know what happened to (the animals) previously,” Mrs. Blocker said. “I found that the pet products calm them and make it easier to work with them.”

The store’s dog treats include jerky sticks, bacon and cheese-flavored chews and “lamb bits.” The owners expect to add cat treats to the inventory.

Mrs. Gately, who has a 6-year-son, for several years has used hemp products.

“It helps me keep calm,” she said of hemp solubles that can be used in water and other beverages. “Especially when my little guy was younger — he would have tantrums — it would help me just handle the situation better. And I use oil at night (a dropper under her tongue) because I get better sleep.”

Sarah Campeol, 23, of Bealeton, whose 57-year-old mother continues to recover from breast cancer, visited the store on Tuesday.

“She’s been experiencing a lot of pain” probably related to chemotherapy treatments, Ms. Campeol said. “And, I was just trying to find something that could be beneficial to relieve her pain, without turning to the heavier narcotics.”

Ms. Campeol years ago had used CBD products for anxiety and some physical pain, and the results impressed her.

So she spoke with Mrs. Gately about her mother’s circumstances.

“The customer service, the environment — everything was so welcoming,” Ms. Campeol said of the store. “Nina answered all of my questions and was super-helpful. That’s what I was looking for — someone who really knew what they were doing.”

In the end, she got free lotion samples for her mother and bought two packets of honey at $3 apiece to put in tea and a 10-pack of gummy peach rings at $20.

Ms. Campeol plans to return to the store to for more items.

“I think it’s really great that Warrenton is progressing to more natural remedies,” she said.

While Mrs. Blocker and Mrs. Gately, who live near Warrenton, have no doubt that hemp products work, they make no promises to that effect.

“We can’t really make medical claims or anything like that,” Mrs. Blocker explained.

But they “can definitely” use “testimonies” of customers and others who can speak to their positive experiences with products, she added.

Lab-tested, the store’s SunMed products use only organically-grown hemp. The store’s website lists products and prices, which vary based on quantity and the amount of hemp oil they contain.

The shop offers two versions of identical hemp products:

• “Full Spectrum” with less than 0.3 percent of THC — a naturally occurring substance in hemp that in greater amounts would create a marijuana-like high. “Full-spectrum” products generally provide more efficient delivery of relief and longer and deeper sleep, Mrs. Gately said.

“This is not going to get you high, whatsoever,” she said, laughing.

• “Broad Spectrum” with no THC.

Eventually, Mrs. Blocker and Mrs. Gately will broaden the store’s offerings to include hemp seed oil soap, gifts and pet leashes and collars.

“We ordered some towels that say ‘Warrenton,’ because I like stuff like that,” Mrs. Blocker said.

And, after the COVID-19 restrictions get eased to allow more than 10 customers in the store at a time, the partners plan to host health and wellness workshops and classes, perhaps featuring yoga and meditation, for example.

The Warrenton store operates as an affiliate of Tampa. Fla.-based Your CBD Store.

In January, the partners signed a three-year lease for the 1,000-square-foot space at a Warrenton Village Center.

Inventory, finishing the space, furnishings and related start-up expenses totaled $45,000, the business owners estimated.

Mrs. Blocker and Mrs. Gately had big plans for a grand-opening celebration, but the coronavirus pandemic dashed that.

The women went ahead with the Friday, May 1, opening because they needed to start generating revenue to begin covering their costs.

“It’s a little bit scary that we had to do it right now,” Mrs. Gately conceded with a nervous smile. “But, you adapt and overcome, and just keep going and find different ways of getting the business going. I really hope that pretty soon it’s going to get easier, and we’ll have more customers in the store.”

Observing social distancing guidelines and requirements, the owners also wear masks when serving customers and provide hand wipes at the door.

The store offers curbside pickup and delivery service.

Contact Don Del Rosso at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 540-270-0300.
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coxdenis32 · July 15, 2020 at 6:48 am
We’ve seen all kinds of wellness products and scams over the years. Remember snake oil? We’ve witnessed those hyped but counterfeit products http://cbdcraftmasters.com/, and now we’re careful about anything that promises some level of homeostasis. But the correct remedy has been around for quite some time. There’s enough clinical hemp research for us to know that CBD products are safe to consume and provide beneficial effects for people and their pets.
coxdenis32 · July 15, 2020 at 6:45 am
good post
azrieladelberg · June 12, 2020 at 10:53 am
Congratulations Fauquier! Your shop will be a great help to those people who are in need of CBD products for their medication and wellness. Cannabidiol (CBD) is an exciting focus of medical research, popular media, and legislation related to cannabis. Its presence is becoming ubiquitous on the shelves of health food stores and search engine results for numerous medical conditions. Azriel from https://biomdplus.com/cbd-oil-for-anxiety/
Rover 530 · May 15, 2020 at 5:46 pm
Around the corner from a gaming shop where kids go.
caitlyn · May 13, 2020 at 1:34 pm
One, I really wish people would learn about CBD before they act like it's awful and addicting. It is all natural and harmless...
Two, I cannot wait to come in!!
Joan Smith · May 11, 2020 at 6:40 am
FB is a junkie. Now it all makes sense.
FairandBalanced · May 9, 2020 at 9:30 pm
You go guys! You will, in the near term, do more good than any concocted *fly over*. See you soon. Do you take credit cards?
Aaron Blumenfeld · May 8, 2020 at 5:05 pm
Does Virginia need this? More addicted people? There is already big existing problem with drugs.
Mark House · May 8, 2020 at 11:20 am
I hear great things but until marijuana is legal across the board in Virginia, I'll pass. All I need is to come up hot on a urinalysis at work.

Good luck to the owners!
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