One of the very first stores that offered Cloud 9 Cafe on their shelves was Tony's in Corvallis. It is a nice little smoke shop on 9th Street that Gerod, Co-Founder and Head of Production, says was referred to us by some of his friends. “When my partner Juwan first entered the store he quickly realized that they did not provide too many CBD products, so he immediately began contacting the shop manager and owner of Tony's to see how we could get our products into the store. Tony's, at the time, was in a transitional period where they were under new management and being a Mom And Pop Shop they did not have the best purchasing power, so Cloud 9 Cafe and Tonys worked out a consignment deal that would help everyone.”
Part of that deal was that Tony’s would host Cloud 9 Cafe for vendor days where they would be allowed to set up a booth to sell their products. Gerod recalls that the first Vendor day was back in December, “Cloud 9 Cafe was still a young company, we were very excited about being able to get our products in front of more people and to have the opportunity to sell more.” Cloud 9 Cafe made several products and samples in preparation for the event because they did not know how many people would be attending, so to play it safe they made an extra large batch of samples for everyone. Unfortunately, since Tonys was rebranding and under new management they too were in the process of trying to attract new clientele. Thinking back on the event Gerod remembers that “There were not too many people the first few hours, but there would be mini waves of people allowing Juwan and I to reach out and educate others on CBD, while also refining our sales pitches. Since there were not many people we were able to put our best foot forward with every customer, each one became that much more important. This experience really helped us to watch and learn from each other and we were able to use these experiences to help fine tune our skills.”
When the event was all said and done Cloud 9 Cafe made a couple hundred dollars. They originally were hoping for more, but realized if they had not done the event they would not have made anything at all; It also led to potential future customers and gave Cloud 9 Cafe more exposure. Most importantly it gave them a chance to practice selling their product face to face with customers. A word of advice Gerod would like to leave you with is “When you are a young business and are still relatively new at selling your product any opportunity you can get to practice is vital. Cloud 9 Cafe cherishes the learning opportunities that they were given that day.”
Cloud 9 Cafe looks forward to any vendor day they are given the opportunity to be at and now as more things begin to open Cloud 9 looks forward to being a regular at the Corvallis Saturday Market every week; with hopes of joining the Portland farmers market as well! If you have any questions about CBD or Cloud 9 Cafe, leave it in the comments so we can get back to you.