BUCKHANNON – The mountain-based women-owned seed-for-sale company Moon Flower plans to become the newest addition to Buckhannon’s Main Street in February.
Moon Flower Hemp’s owners, sisters Riley and Macie Queen, acquired 46 East Main Street, the building that formerly housed Jesterline, in mid-2021 to house the entire Moon Flower operation.
“We built Moon Flower inside the warehouse, and decided it was time to open our first brick-and-mortar store,” Riley Quinn told My Buckhannon in December. “We also wanted to have more space because we’re constantly expanding our product line, our team, and everything we offer. We figured if we could find a place on High Street, we could have our retail stores and our operations intertwined with each other.”
Riley Queen said that combining both sides of the business — a growing and processing operation with a retail store front — will enable Moon Flower to expand education on their CBD products. CBD, short for cannabidiol, is derived from hemp, which is a close relative of the marijuana plant; However, it does not cause a ‘high’ by itself, even though it is an essential ingredient in medical marijuana.
“I think having personal space was really important for us because while we really like working online, we felt that education was a big part of Moon Flower, and it would be easier to talk to people face-to-face and really get the different information that they might need to know about the products they need.” They fit better,” said Riley Quinn. “It would be nice to be able to do that in-person counseling instead of just online.”
Moon Flower produces and sells CBD and Delta-8 products, which come in a variety of forms.
“In terms of foods, we have gummies, cereal bars, hard candy, lollipops, a full tinctures line, teas and honey,” said Massie Quinn. “We’ve just released Moon Vapes that contain different combinations of cannabis to produce certain effects, which are currently our best seller; we have our entire floral line, which comes straight from our farm; we make a lot of pet products that people love, including butters and tinctures.” and various bombs; and we have an entire topical line of warming gels. We do a little bit of everything.”
The retail space in the new location is currently under construction, but all other rooms are already operational.
“We have our shipping facility, screw room, lab, kitchen and then our grow room and retail space are now being built,” said Riley Queen. “Our retail space will have a full bar to eat, and we will provide you with our tea.”
“Our edible bar will be infused with different potions and cannabinoids,” she added. “Of course, we’ll sell our entire product line there as well, and we’ve got a platform up front that we’re really excited about using; we’ll do a lot of community events and things to get people out, have a good time.”
Macie Queen emphasized the importance of offering a variety of delivery systems for CBD and its ever-growing benefits.
“It’s nice to be able to offer people a variety of things because everyone uses cannabis for a different reason, and that’s one of the biggest things we’ve realized is that you can have someone who can’t sleep, but whose partner is using it just for fun, let’s say,” Massey Quinn said. “We have a smokeable line, but a lot of people don’t like smoking, and that’s why our food line is so in depth.”
“We have a lot of options and doses,” she said. “We have low-dose gummies for beginners, and then very high-dose gummies for people with actual cannabis experience.”
The sisters began developing Moon Flower as a business while they were students at West Virginia Wesleyan College.
“My parents got into mass CBD oil and then we decided we wanted our own little part of retail and our retail business is the thing that thrived off of everything,” said Riley Quinn. “When we were at Wesleyan, I majored in graphic design, so I was biting around to be able to design a product line, and a brand like this was my dream design project.”
Macy Quinn said she and Riley share a passion for their community.
“Riley and I are very excited about Buchannon herself,” she said. “We were born and raised here, and we’ve been able to see the progression of Main Street over the years, so I think being able to offer this in this space would be a really nice change for the people here.”
Macie Queen said she and her sister have experienced the benefits of CBD firsthand, so it’s inspired them to provide these options to the community.
Massey Quinn said. “A lot of people will see cannabis and just think, ‘I just stoned, it’s kind of just for fun,’ but people don’t realize that THC and CBD can be used medicinally in so many ways. We combined those mutual feelings we had, and Moonflower happened.”
They aim to open the new location in the first week of February.
“We don’t want to open up until we know everything is done the way we want it to be,” said Riley Quinn. “We think January is going to be our absolutely crunch month — we’ll iron out all those last things — and then in February, we’ll be ready, and our grand opening event will be great.”
Moon Flower products will still be sold at other retail locations and Online, Riley Quinn said that the Moon Flower storefront will offer exclusive products.
“There will be products that are exclusive to our space, like tea on tap, and we’ll likely come up with not only products that we carry here, but in terms of the product line that we sell online and the rest of our retailers.” [wholesale]It will remain open to anyone,” she said.