CBD in NYC
Return to the Big Apple
I always wanted to be a famous actress living in New York City. Then 9/11 happened.
I wonder how many people have that story?
20 years after my pre-9/11 high school theater trips to the Big Apple, I returned last week. Like re-meeting a lover I hadn’t seen in years, I was nervous as hell. Would all my feelings come rushing back? Would I be sucked in to her electric magic? Hell yea… it’s New York City baby!
Though the energy of the city was just as electric as I remember it, I was different. I was returning as a confident cannabis professional, not a wide-eyed movie star hopeful. I arrived with a vision to help people, not entertain people. As the first brand ambassador for NuLeaf Naturals CBD oil, I was on a plant medicine mission.
This was my first paid solo business trip ever! I put on my big girl pants and I came to slay… in the best way! Cannabis education as my forte.
I stayed at the New Yorker Hotel, the same hotel I stayed at 20 years ago. Talk about nostalgia. However, 20 years ago, I’m sure I wasn’t aware that this hotel is where Nikola Tesla spent his last days. My brother was the one who told me that as soon as he passed the FBI came and raided his room for everything. This time, I had to see it.
Famous now, with a futuristic electric car named after him and everything, Tesla was not at all recognized during his actual lifetime. It is believed by many that he was able to achieve Free, perpetual energy, and that it was for this reason his work was suppressed. At the time, Thomas Edison was also making waves for electricity, and their rivalry became known as the War of the Currents. Though Edison invented the light bulb, phonograph, and moving pictures, the Tesla coil can be credited as the first wireless system that has now given us radio, telephone, cell phones, and television and wifi.
I am very intrigued by Tesla’s story, so to stop by his room was a must. Before I headed out my first morning, I checked online to see what floor his room was on… and to my joy, it was the 33rd floor, the floor I was already on. I was literally staying just a few feet from where he could have created some of his most important work. Talk about the feeling of electricity. Though I couldn’t actually go in his rooms, I was stoked to see where his genius resided. Definitely a fun surprise on my adventure!
Back to Business
From Tesla’s room, I went off to my first business engagement. I took an Uber to a food co-op in Brooklyn called Park Slope, which is apparently the largest volume co-op east of the Mississippi. Their costs are low because all of their customers are paid members and are required to volunteer a couple hours of work a month. It was a really sweet community!
Here I met one of our outside sales reps who had been trying to get this account for us, but had yet to close the deal. I brought my A-game, and shared everything that puts NuLeaf Naturals above all the rest. I am blessed to represent a brand that represents me. There is no sales pitch, it is just a straight-up love story.
The co-op’s buyer for health and beauty was well-educated on CBD and was wonderful to speak with. By the end of our discussion, the sales rep was putting through their first order for the “free-fill” we offer as an introduction. We are so confident in our product, that the free-fill sells out so fast, we know their second order is just a week or two away. I was so happy to get this sale for us.
From there I visited a couple more stores with this rep where our product was already sold. I trained the staff, got them t-shirts and samples, and listened to great feedback. A big part of this trip was reconnaissance to determine what our company needs moving forward, and I was able to gather many important insights.
The next day was more of the same, but with a different rep. However, the first store I was brought to, the rep from the previous day warned me about the owner, and I’m grateful she did. This guy was a piece of work, and unfortunately his newly remodeled health food store was much more beautiful than his personality.
He made us wait over 45 minutes for the meeting he set with us, but thankfully I was able to train all of his cashiers while it wasn’t too busy. When he finally summoned us into his office and made some comment about closing the door so they couldn’t hear me scream, I started the clock. This guy had 2 more strikes left, and then the “nice-girl” act goes bye-bye.
I didn’t want to jeopardize this reps relationship with this store since he was repping more than just our CBD oil there, but as I watched him nervously laugh at this man’s comments, I knew he was just as uncomfortable, and I wasn’t going to sit through much more.
As I observed this man’s complete unprofessionalism, I was giving thanks that I work for a company that would support me 100% if I walked out of that meeting and told this guy we would not be selling our product in his store, ever.
Finally, he interrupted me for the last time, and my smile and my voice dropped to that perfect bitch pitch. “I would appreciate it if you stopped interrupting me and gave me more respect”, with eyes that could cut his throat if he moved wrong. He stopped interrupting me.
My heart was pounding as I tried to keep my composure and train of thought to finish my spiel and get the hell out of there. Though he was still challenging, he knew I meant business now and that I wasn’t going to tolerate his disrespect. I was so prepared to walk out if he continued, but I was able to finish the meeting with way thicker skin than I had before.
The rep was humiliated, and very apologetic, and thankfully the rest of the day was a breeze, but damn. How do people like him succeed in this world?
The Village, the Park, and the Square
The main tourist activities I wanted to accomplish in the city, I was able to. My first night I ventured to Greenwich Village to get some good food and culture. It was Memorial day, perfect weather, and people where everywhere. I found a place with a wild mushroom quesadilla, which totally hit the spot as I sat people-watching.
I found two long-standing gay bars: Henrietta Hudson and Cubbyhole, and tried to stay out long enough for a Drag Show, but by the time the Queen showed up, I knew I had to head back to my hotel. Still, I made a couple new friends and shared some CBD oil with those who were interested. (always spreading the love)
After the next day, I hiked to Central Park to get in some sites. It was so green and beautiful, and I was able to get to Strawberry Fields again to pay respects to John Lennon. Though I don’t think I could ever live in New York City anymore, the Park had a sweet peace and stillness that was a nice break.
I got lost around Times Square looking for a good vegan meal on my way back to my hotel. I found a small plant-based restaurant called P.S. Kitchen, where all the proceeds went to charity. Sold. I got their Maitake Buffalo Wings, and they are probably one of my most favorite things I have ever eaten.
Super satisfied with all my city adventures.
My love affair with the city was short and sweet, for the most part. The second half of my week was spent in Hudson Valley, and I was so excited to see more of New York. The rep who brought me to that crappy store owner was very kind to drive me up so I didn’t have to take a train. Plus, there was torrential rain, but we made it, and I had a much bigger hotel room waiting for me, on the 3rd floor instead of the 33rd floor.
The next day I worked with the last rep, who helped me organize much of my trip, and he had 6 stores lined up for us to visit. It was going to be a busy day, but it was beautiful outside and I felt ready for anything.
We ended up hitting 5 of the 6, 2 of which were new accounts that I helped close that day, and 3 who have carried us for awhile. I can formate my pitch to 5 minutes or 45! I gathered so many photos and so much feedback from these connections, I can’t wait to share with my CEOs.
The rep was wonderful and brought me to another epic vegan spot, where I got their tofu miso soup with fat rice noodles, and a peppermint patty organic vegan chocolate. It was perfect!
Due to a little mix up with getting a rental car, my last day I ended up finding an eclectic coffeeshop to catch up on office work before my flight. It was a busy spot, with lots of outside seating where I could re-commence people-watching while working on a presentation about my trip. I even had a celebrity-sighting of a local artist named Ron English the rep had told me about just the day before. In retrospect, I should have slipped him a bottle of our CBD oil… dangit. Oh well, it was still a sweet way to round off my adventure.
Ahhh, there’s no place like home! And boy oh boy did I miss my Kangen water! The first thing I did when I got in the door was gulp down 32 ounces of 9.5pH Kangen water, and I felt reborn. I tried to stay well-hydrated in NY, and brought my own Hydroflask for refills, but sometimes those refills came from questionable sources. There is nothing like the feeling I get when I drink Kangen water, but that’s another story.
The main story here is CBD oil and how excited I am for what is next working with NuLeaf Naturals! I spent Saturday morning uploading photos and designing a 12-slide presentation to share with our company’s owners about my trip. I can’t wait to share my insights and hear theirs. I have no doubt that what happens next from here, will bring plant medicine to even more of the people who need it most.
Have you tried CBD oil yet? Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions, and use coupon code: HONEY20 at www.nuleafnaturals.com for 20% off your order, always. We have the power to take our health into our own hands.
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