CBD Botanicals expands operations

After just six months in business, CBD Botanicals is expanding to another community and owner Jim Weddigen said other locations are also in the works.

In January, SBJ reported that CBD Botanicals had opened at 2536 S. Koke Mill Rd. in Springfield, and a second location is now slated to open in late July or early August. “We are about to sign a lease in Edwardsville,” said Weddigen. “We like the positioning and exposure we’re going to get being near a school,” he explained, referring to the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus. “We want kids to be able to treat their anxiety and other conditions and do it legally, and we’ll also be able to serve the parents.”

Weddigen said his goal is to eventually have a total of five stores throughout the area. “We may expand in Springfield and open a location on another side of town. But we’re not going to compete with ourselves in any other towns,” he said, explaining that in smaller communities he only plans to have a single location.

In the meantime, he has also expanded the offerings at the current location, adding delivery service and partnering with other local businesses.

“We had a gal who had a broken leg who just couldn’t get out of her house,” Weddigen said. “I happened to be picking my son up from practice in the area and said I’d drop it off to her.” According to Weddigen, the customer was so grateful and appreciative that he realized offering home delivery might prove to be a popular service.

Since CBD oil can be added to a wide variety of products, Weddigen is working with other local businesses that produce lotions, soaps, bath bombs and even honey. One of the recent additions is a partnership with Pittman’s Popcorn; CBD Botanicals now sells the extra buttery flavor with 49 milligrams of CBD oil added.

“When we made this shop, it was focused on what’s missing in Springfield when it comes to CBD,” said Weddigen. “A lot of shops have it hidden behind a glass case. Here, you can sit down, feel it, touch it and taste it. We’re trying to eliminate the stigma.”