April marked a year since a Moline couple started selling CBD products online. Then, in January, Keillyn and Keenan Rogers opened a physical storefront at Moline, 2117 16th St., to sell their homemade CBD products.
CBD is derived from the hemp plant, a cousin of marijuana without as much THC, the psychoactive ingredient that makes marijuana users “high.” Products made with CBD are promoted as organic treatments for health conditions such as skin irritations, anxiety, and pain.
The couple infuse unlimited bath bombs, sticks, snacks, soaps, lotions and even slushies on the spot with CBD. They also manufacture and package CBD-infused cereals, chips and gummies, Keillyn Rogers said.
“We wanted to specialize in CBD. So every product here, other than our clothes with our name on it or the masks, everything else is infused with CBD,” added Keenan Rogers.
One day they hope to request and open a marijuana dispensary like the state of Illinois has Make efforts to increase ownership of dispensaries by blacks and Latinos.
“It’s a start for us,” Keenan Rogers said.
To the couple’s knowledge, they are the first black owners of a CBD store in the Quad-Cities, but they didn’t know it when they decided to open a store.
The couple work full-time outside of running the store, so they found a great place to be open from 3-8 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturdays.
“Anything worthwhile isn’t always easy,” Keenan Rogers said. “It’s fun, though, to be busy.”