Pictured in their new storefront, from left, are Moon Flower co-owners and sisters Macie Queen and Riley Queen. / Photos by Monica Zalaznik

The wait is over: Moon Flower’s Main Street storefront will open to all groovy humans this Friday

BUCKHANNON – Moon Flower will offer its new line of exclusive, in-shop CBD products during its grand opening this Friday, March 31.

Moon Flower Hemp co-owners, sisters Riley and Macie Queen, said the shop on Main Street will open its doors at 10 a.m. and remain open to customers through 9 p.m., with live music from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Pictured in their new storefront, from left, are Moon Flower co-owners and sisters Macie Queen and Riley Queen and their mom, Jamie Queen.

“People will finally be able to check out the space,” Riley Queen said. “We have our baked goods prepared, and our drinks are ready to go. We have a ton of interactive setups. For instance, our grow room setup will have a little informational slideshow above it, talking about cannabis, so there will be a lot of education happening.”

“We also have our seed-to-sale mural completely finished, which runs through our entire process with pictures and illustrations,” she added.

Employees will be operating the room where they make their gummies, and people will be in the lab so visitors can watch the process happen live.

“We’re excited to finally offer the truest form of transparency,” Riley Queen said. “Before we were only online, so people just had to trust our word, and now we have glass windows for people to look through. I think that’s just so important with this industry because people are a little hesitant sometimes, especially with a lot of the gray areas of the law, which can sometimes allow some cannabis companies to cut corners. This space is really allowing us to establish that final level of trust with every customer.”

Everything offered at the Moon Flower storefront is made in-house, especially their freshly baked items.

“We have virgin options as well as CBD and hemp-derived Delta 9 offerings,” Riley Queen said. “As you move up the baked goods case, it will level up as far as dosage. Our cereal bars – which are 20 milligrams of hemp-derived Delta 9 THC and 50 milligrams of CBD – are a heavier dose. We encourage people to just share those with friends or you can take it home and eat the whole thing.”

Baked goods galore

Moon Flower has decided to begin transitioning transition from Delta-8 THC to Delta 9 in many of their products, as they explained in a recent post on their website’s blog. Still, all Delta 9 edible and drinkable options at the storefront will also have a low-dose equivalent.

“We wanted people to have something they could come in and grab and then go about their day,” Riley Queen explained. “Everything in our baked goods shelf and our infused drinks have very low-dose options. We wanted them to be manageable, we want people to be able to enjoy them socially and in public, so we kept them at five and 10 milligrams.”

Macie Queen said they encourage patrons to enjoy the Moon Flower storefront.

“When people come here, we have all sorts of board games, card games, and we’ll have lots of different things to check out and educational opportunities, so we’re excited for people to not only come and check out the Moon Flower products but then also to experience them in our space,” Macie Queen said.

The storefront will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays. It will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays, but the Queens said they will sometimes make exceptions to that rule to host special events.

“We’re staying closed on the weekends, and that’s just for quality of life for our workers and for us. That was a big decision for us, but we started Moonflower with the emphasis on freedom with our own time,” Riley Queen said. “Even though not opening on Saturdays might not be great from a business standpoint, it’s essential to us that we have freedom to hang out with each other, and we definitely still plan to run special events on Saturdays, and this keeps that window open. We’ll definitely do something for 4/20 weekend, and we’ll be open on a Saturday during the Strawberry Festival and other big events.”

Guests must be 18 years old or accompanied by someone over 18 to enter the shop, and customers must be 21 to make a purchase of anything infused.

“West Virginia legislation came down, and we have to be stricter on those things when it comes to serving to minors; the first offense is a misdemeanor and the second one’s literally a felony,” Riley Queen said. “That’s the case even if it’s a full-spectrum CBD product, so even though it has less than .3 percent THC. That really got us at the last second; it was literally two weeks ago when that came down, but the cannabis industry is just going through the ebbs and flows of the ever-changing market, and we’re going to keep rolling with the punches, even though CBD should be accessible for everyone.”

The first 50 guests at Moonflower’s grand opening will also receive a swag bag featuring a full range of Moon Flower products.

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