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How does Coronavirus Affect the CBD Industry with Joe Boese

Joe Boese is a veteran of the military and owner of CBD Time in Lexington, KY. He was introduced to Cannabidiol after searching for natural pain aid last year. As a result, he was amazed and delighted to find something plant-based to help his pain. He’s passionate about helping others find relief to live happier and healthier lives.

CBD Time is a go-to shop for finding premium CBD products in one convenient location. Their mission is to provide the best Cannabidiol products while providing a top-notch experience.

In this short episode, Joe talks about how he runs his CBD business and maintain his mission to provide the best CBD products amidst the Coronavirus situation. Stay tuned!

We’ve been trying to provide good quality CBD products along with education. We want to help customers make good decisions. – Joe Boese

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Some Topics We Discussed Include

2:56 – Something about Joe and CBD Time
6:21 – The Coronavirus effect
8:54 – Brick and mortar store versus in the online marketplace
13:36 – Next on CBD Time
15:53 – Where to find them

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Sonia Gomez: What’s up guys, Sonia Gomez coming to you from Denver, Colorado, on another episode of The Hemp Revolution podcast where we are sharing and telling the real story of cannabis and hemp from the eyes of the entrepreneurs who are pushing this industry forward. As you know, it’s our mission to empower you The truth so that you can make educated decisions about how you are caring for yourself and the people that you love or otherwise enjoying this beautiful gift of life. 

So if you’re looking for products, check us out at medicalsecrets.com, and if you are a budding entrepreneur or business owner in this space, shoot me an email. I’d love to hear your story sonia@medicalsecrets.com. Guys, we have been going through a pretty unique time, and by the time you hear this episode, hopefully, we are on the other side of it, but the COVID-19 or Coronavirus scare that has been sweeping the nation and the world really has got the world and met several of its industries in a tizzy. CBD and cannabis, in some cases, have been immune, but in other cases, they are suffering just like many of the other small businesses in our space. My guest today, Joe. Joe, do you say Boese?

Joe Boese: I say Boese, Idaho, to keep it simple.

Sonia Gomez: Okay, Joe Boese, and he’s the owner of CBD Time in Lexington, Kentucky. He is a veteran and a veteran family-owned business. He started using CBD last year, and it has helped him to get off of his pain medications. Their goal is to help people make good decisions and get them a quality product at really good prices and rates. He has been serving his community locally there in Lexington and is also having to make some pretty tough decisions right now in lieu of the Coronavirus or COVID-19 scares. Put your hands together and help me welcome my good friend Joe Boese. How’s it going, Joe?

Joe Boese: Ah, have a lot of the circumstances. It’s going pretty well. I have my health today, so that one good start.

Something about Joe and CBD Time

Sonia Gomez: Lots to be grateful for as far as that goes. Many folks who are not so lucky. Tell me first, let’s kick off and tell our community a little bit more about who you are and what you’re up to in this space?

Joe Boese: Okay. My name is Joe Boese, and I am the owner of CBD Time. And we’re a small, locally-owned, veteran-owned store in Lexington, Kentucky. And we’ve been trying to provide good quality CBD products along with education. We want to help customers make good decisions. And that’s one thing I always try to emphasize to our customers. Regardless if you get it from me or somebody else, to make sure that the person behind the counter is able to tell you about what you’re getting. And if they are not able to tell you about what you’re getting, then you’re in the wrong spot. And that’s been our model and go from day one. 

But we also do essential oils prior to the Coronavirus. We were doing massage and chiropractic care, but due to the Coronavirus at this stage, we’ve had to shut that aspect of the business down because of its mandatory but also due to the to Coronavirus we’ve also shut the doors and we’re still doing delivery and mail order and some of our customers I’ve got the phone forwarded to myself we have Tommy and our arranged to meet them if we can. And but right now, business is very slow. I think a lot of people are using the money for other things, and plus people are losing their jobs right now. Businesses are closing down. I went to do a forwarding yesterday of my address. And there were no slips left because they had told me at the post office that so many businesses that come in because they were [inaudible]. So that’s what’s going on here in Lexington. I’m gonna make an assumption. It’s a lot of this has gone through throughout the whole 50 states. But that’s my end of it at this stage.

Sonia Gomez: It’s so interesting to see and hear how this particular health crisis is affecting this industry. When all of this started, first of all, were you personally shocked by the announcement of the virus? How closely Have you been following? What’s been happening there?

Joe Boese: Well, I mean, in the beginning, you know, you for myself, I was just thinking, Oh, it’s just another virus or another bug. And, I was just trying to go on about my way, but you know, everyday things kept getting worse and worse, more serious. And I guess it finally hit at home once they started canceling all the sporting events. And once that started happening, then I realized this is a lot more serious than anything else we’ve ever dealt with before. And it’s just been a snowball effect ever since.

The Coronavirus Effect

Sonia Gomez: How do you see it affect your communities? You see, businesses shut down. Talk to me about the shift in your own business, let’s say December of last year, what kind of business are you doing and compared to now?

Joe Boese: Well, well, December of last year, we were just starting this process. So we didn’t open the doors until May. So we’re almost at the year point right now, but for example, on the declining business in the last two weeks I mean, it’s, we’re getting maybe one 10th of the customer base that we were before.

Sonia Gomez: Wow, that’s so significant. And that for you feels like a temporary shutdown. Didn’t Trump say that there was a relief for small businesses?

Joe Boese: Yes. I’ve contacted the SPA. I’m in the process of filling the paperwork out, and hopefully, we get some more lease, have already had conversations with my landlord. And he’s willing to work out something temporarily, but I don’t know how long I mean, he has bills to pay too, so I’m grateful he’s at least shown leniency at this stage and hopefully this in a month or two this all be gone, and we can move forward and begin a normal life again.

Sonia Gomez: How are some of your clients, some of your more steady clientele responding or reacting to the challenges or fear of COVID?

Joe Boese: I am blessed that we’ve built a lot of good relationships in the last since we’ve opened. And so I do have a lot of people that call me and ask how we’re doing or message me and whatnot. And I hope to have a steady client base that that’ll be enough to get us through all this and then we can move forward once life gets back to that normal, normalcy.

Sonia Gomez: Yeah, I’m really looking forward to the normalcy as well. When you were getting into business, why did you choose to do a brick and mortar store versus in the online marketplace?

Brick and Mortar Store Versus in the Online Marketplace

Joe Boese: The fact I like the face to face contact. I’m a little old school. I’m not the most tech-savvy person in the world, and I just like building relationships and as I said at the beginning, one of our main goals is to educate the customer to help them make a good decision let them know what they’re getting. You know you don’t get that by e-commerce.

Sonia Gomez: Yeah, I have to agree with you. I love the in-person contact, but I’ve also found quite a bit of success online. And I think that having a combination of both, you know, makes it quite a bit easier to weather the storm when situations like this arise. Suppose you do have to close your doors permanently. What does that mean for your customers and your clientele or for your business as a whole? Do you think that you’ll try and move online? Are you going to shut down completely from the business if you can’t reopen?

Joe Boese: Well, I mean, I haven’t really thought about I try to be optimistic and positive. And so I haven’t really thought about shutting down completely. And it’s probably something I need to start thinking about and putting the plan into place just in case that does happen. But me and my wife we, we’ve talked a little bit just about shutting down temporarily at this stage. But our whole goal is to move forward with this and keep this going. But again, not now. This is something nobody’s ever experienced. 

So we have no idea how long this is going to blast. And we can only be optimistic and hope it’s short term, and things go back to normal. I mean of the worst-case scenario, if this goes on longer than expected, I think that that’s going to be the deal about shutting the door down, and then maybe we will look into an e-commerce option or moving in a different direction.

Sonia Gomez: Man, I’m so sorry that that is a decision that you have to make right now. And it’s really sad to see how this virus, you know, is affecting so many businesses, including yourself. Could you have anticipated anything like this happening, or did you assume that it was going to be business as usual?

Joe Boese: I just assumed business as usual. I don’t think anybody could ever anticipate it just right here. I mean, you know, this is the worst thing I’ve seen in my lifetime. I try to put it in [inaudible] to 911. But with 911, after about four or five days, businesses went back to normal and, you know, we move forward and move on, and we grew stronger in the country and, and hopefully, you know, just as a short term and we can grow strong as a country again and one of the things I hope we learn from this is that we become more independent and not depend on other countries for the things that we need.

Sonia Gomez: Are you working now with any veteran organizations to may or may not be suffering from this virus?

Joe Boese: I am not.

Sonia Gomez: I did you do you hold inventory, or do you do companies fulfill it for you?

Joe Boese: I have inventory. Yeah, I have. I have a nice little chunk to inventory right now in my store.

Sonia Gomez: Nice and then and you’re still doing deliveries and stuff to to to serve your clients, right?

Joe Boese: Yeah. Delivering local and then anything that’s outside of 30 minutes, I’m willing to mail or and even with certain customers, I’m willing to meet them at a store and just open up temporarily and let them get what they need or even made them some more.

Next on CBD Time

Sonia Gomez: So sweet. I think that’s really good. I think it’s really good to continue to be a service to your community. What’s next for you if you decide not to open your doors? What do you think is going to be the next thing for you to do?

Joe Boese: That’s something again, I haven’t really thought much about because I anticipate doing this for the next several years and, and on and on until I retire. But I don’t know. I don’t know if I’m good. This is the second business I’ve owned.

It’s very time consuming to start something and walk it through. It’s seven days, seven days a week, working hardly any time for yourself. And I don’t, I’m getting older, and I’d like to take a vacation again, which is something I haven’t done in a while. But I don’t know if I’m going to do another business or if I’m just going to try to maybe get a regular job again. I mean, there’s the entrepreneurship in me that I want to do. Be independent and work for me and do something, but there’s also part like to have a regular laugh again.

Sonia Gomez: Amen to that. My daughter’s preschool shut down for the next month. And I’ll tell you I’m ready for regular life again. It gets really fast around here, having all the kids at home. So it’s all your family healthy and happy, though?

Joe Boese: Yes, far as I know. I mean, I’m originally from Germany. So all my blood families in Germany. I grew up in Kentucky. I have a stepfather, and he’s doing well and, and that side of the family, everybody’s doing well that I’m aware of. And my wife is originally from Thailand and, and all her family is healthy as of right now.

Where to Find Them

Sonia Gomez: Nice. Nice so sweet. Well, I’m so grateful for you for spending the time with us and for all of the work That you are doing and have done in your community. I’m sure they are so grateful. Where can folks find you if they want to try and get products from you or are interested in following your journey while you’re going through this

Joe Boese: Its cbdtime.store is our web page. We don’t have e-commerce, but we are taking orders over the phone and our phone numbers 859-335-6447, but on our webpage, you can see all of our inventory what we have and the process. But I’ve just welcome anybody to call me, and I’m more than willing to work with you and help you get the best product for yourself.

Sonia Gomez: Amazing. Well, for those of you guys who are tuning in, all of the social media links and websites will be listed around this episode. I’m so grateful to you for joining us on today’s podcast and really just enjoying hearing your story. I know so many people are suffering in different ways as a result of this virus. And I pray that all of those that all of us from one corner of the earth to the next can remain healthy and strong and that we can quickly see our communities and families recover from the impacts of this terrible sickness and illness. 

So God bless you and your family, and please let us know if there’s anything that we can do to help and for those of you guys who are tuning in, remember to be kind to your neighbors and do your best to support local businesses. Everybody is going through their own trials and tribulations and fears around this very scary virus. So remember to be kind to one another and be as supportive as you possibly can check on your old people and veterans. They have done their part to make sure that you know that we have been well taken care of and protected and safe in our home environments as well. 

So, Joe, I thank you for your service to this country and to your community, and for being a guest on our show. And for those of you guys who are tuning in, make sure that you check out the blog show notes and highlights from today’s show. Stay healthy and strong. I’m your hostess with the mostess, Sonia Gomez, and this is The Hemp Revolution podcast. We’ll see you at the next show, guys.

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