News of Orange: It’s Hip to be Hemp
The Carolina Hemp Hut Grand Opening for the Hillsborough flagship store means Orange County now has a source for all things hemp.
The recent grand opening celebration was heralded recently in the New of Orange (covering Orange County, NC and Hillsborough, NC).
The event was announced on WHUP and via many social media platforms. The Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce hosted the event.
Mary Carter Supports Buying Local
Mary and David Carter were looking at locations to expand their growing Hemp Hut hempire out of the Mall-based store which was opened in October, 2018. As Realtors in the same market area as their home in Hillsborough, they looked deeply into the demographics and growth projections for the area. Their analysis was coupled with the growth projections for the Industrial Hemp market space. This led to an easy decision for the couple to grow at home in Hillsborough.
The Store lease was signed in early 2019 and the build out began soon after. A few construction delays led to a later than expected preview day on April 20, 2019 (04/20 is a common theme among Hemp enthusiasts). The store opened for business officially on May 1, 2019.
Word quickly spread about the opening with the aid of the oft-controversial signage at the Hemp Hut (a hemp leaf is featured on the sign). Interest in the retail store has grown since the grand opening on May 30, 2019.
“We’re seeing week over week growth in the double digits. We’re not going to be in the black any time soon – our buildout for the coffee bar and for the store as a whole was more than we’d originally budgeted. We’re hopeful that we’ll be able further establish a local presence for high quality hemp products coupled with a high level of customer service and education. This alone will help us eventually move into a more positive financial status. We’re positive when it comes to our outlook. We know that if we show our customers the absolute best in customer service, keen attention to detail and product education that is second-to-none, we’ll build a loyal base which also be a healthier customer base.” Mary Carter
Both David and Mary have spent the past two years building on a base of education regarding holistic health and herbal remedies. While they are aware of many non-hemp herbal solutions, they’re concentrating on the use of CBD and Hemp as a healthy alternative to pharmaceuticals and in some cases, surgeries.
The flagship store of the Carolina Hemp Hut is located at 137 Mayo Street in the Hillsborough Commons Shopping Center in Hillsborough, NC. They’re currently open 6 days a week (Mon-Sat) from 10am to 7pm.