Open for business! On Friday, October 25th, Nature’s Remedy celebrated it’s official opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Read Telegram Article here:
By Susan Spencer
Telegram & Gazette Staff
MILLBURY — The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning at Nature’s Remedy, the state’s 28th licensed adult-use marijuana store, and the event was as pleasantly mellow as the marijuana industry that is hitting its stride across the region.
About a dozen local and state officials and staff showed up to officially welcome the new business, located at 266 N. Main St.
Nature’s Remedy opened Sept. 27 on an appointment basis, to work out the bugs, according to its owners. But now it is a full walk-in service pot shop.
“It’s been a long journey, but one of the important things is Millbury was the first town that wanted us,” said Nature’s Remedy CEO John Brady, one of three partners in charge. “Nothing is easy in the marijuana world, but Millbury made it easy for us.”
Nature’s Remedy is also in line for a medical marijuana license at the Millbury site, as well as adult-use retail locations in Tyngsboro and Worcester. The Worcester store is expected to open next summer.
“Millbury is our partner,” agreed co-founder Bob Carr.
Acting Town Manager James Kelley said, “The town is very happy that Nature’s Remedy felt to locate here. It just goes with our theme that Millbury is open for business.”
He cited the previous day’s opening of a new restaurant, 110 Grill, at the Shoppes at Blackstone Valley, as well as several other businesses that plan to open in the town center.
Mike Scott of Westboro, the third co-founder who joined the team to work with investors, said the marijuana industry has rapidly gained credibility in the past few years.
Scott said that when he talked to investors in 2017, he’d have to bring in the nation’s top cannabis law firm to bolster the business’ image of legitimacy. Now, he said, “It’s out of the barn at this point.”
Millbury was among the first towns in the state to have its select board unanimously support, not just sign a letter of non-opposition for, a proposed marijuana business, Carr said. He recalled just a few years ago, shortly after first medical marijuana and then adult-use marijuana were legalized, when many towns didn’t want those businesses.
Inside the contemporary, spacious lodge-like store, gleaming counters displayed marijuana paraphernalia, including artistically sculpted glass pipes from Lili’s Glass of Worcester. Eight sales stations were ready to serve customers.
Brady said the business aims to stock its own marijuana, grown in Lakeville, beginning the first week of December. It currently buys product from wholesalers.
“There is everybody from senior citizens to the mid-20s, people in business suits to people in Grateful Dead T-shirts,” Brady said of the customers who have come in.
The most popular product has been ⅛ ounce of flower, followed by pre-rolled joints, according to Brady.
Nature’s Remedy employs 26 people and is working toward 30. Brady said the company has held several job fairs in Worcester and is committed to helping achieve the state’s social equity goals.
“We’re looking for a diverse workforce that reflects the Worcester Community,” he said.
“This is a good business opportunity, good economic development and it’s good to have my hometown supporting it,” state Sen. Michael O. Moore, D-Millbury said as he presented a citation from the state Senate.
State Rep. Paul K. Frost, R-Auburn, presented a citation from the House of Representatives. He said, “This is not a get-rich-quick scheme. This is a full investment.”
Millbury Selectman Mary Krumsiek and Worcester City Councilor Sean Rose also took part in the ribbon cutting.