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Mustard Seed Market Closes Solon Store, Focuses on E-Commerce

Mustard Seed Market closed its location on Kruse Dr in Solon on Wed., Oct. 30, 2019.
Mustard Seed Market closed its location on Kruse Dr in Solon on Wed., Oct. 30, 2019.

With CBD products rising in popularity and more farmers beginning to grow hemp, the USDA this week released its first set of proposed regulations for the hemp-derived oil.

One local retailer is welcoming that move.

CBD products were so popular at Mustard Seed Market, they couldn’t keep them in stock. The retailer  created an e-commerce platform to sell its own brand, Hemp Luxe.

CEO Gabe Nabors said they welcome any possible regulations the USDA would impose on cannabidiol.

“Because it’s a new category and it has had a controversial history because of its relationship with marijuana, people need to understand that hemp is very different.”

Nabors wants to help educate people on which products are safe.

He sees growth potential with the e-commerce sales.

Mustard Seed's Solon location did not fit into that future. The store opened in 1999, but in recent years had faced greater competition from other organic food stores.

Mustard Seed's other brick-and-mortar locations in Highland Square and Montrose remain open. 

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Ella Abbott is studying journalism and forensic anthropology at Kent State. Abbott has previously held the positions of senior reporter for the Kent Stater, the university’s student run newspaper, and editor-in-chief of Fusion magazine, Kent State’s LGBTQ magazine. Her interests are in public policy and crime.
David Williams is an intern at WKSU for summer 2019. A junior at Kent State, Williams is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism. Williams has reported for The Kent Stater, the university’s student-run newspaper, since spring 2018. His interests include history and politics.