Carrie Rengers

Hemp store to rebrand, add east and west sites

The not quite 2-year-old Valentine Eclectics has been so popular, the business is adding partners, is rebranding and is opening two new stores.

“We’re having a lot of medical interest,” owner Chris Valentine says.

The store, which is at 1123 E. Douglas across from Razook’s Home Furnishings, opened in 2015 to sell repurposed antiques and wood products but then changed its focus earlier this year to hemp-related products for medicinal use.

“The results are incredible,” Valentine says.

“We have a lot of people in the medical community sending people in.”

Valentine and his fiancee, Linda, are teaming with Randall and Joni Mans and Stephen and Karri Smith to rebrand the store as Hemp Releaf.

Chris Valentine and his fiancee, Linda Cramer, discuss how a chronic illness of hers changed the focus of his store. Carrie Rengers/The Wichita Eagle

They’re also opening a second store at 2110 N. Maize Road near the southeast corner of 21st and Maize Road, and they’re negotiating for space in the 21st and Webb Road area for a third store.

The stores will sell hemp oil and clothing made from hemp along with hemp soap, shampoo, cooking oil and flour.

Valentine says the products help with a host of issues.

“We are hearing there are some great benefits from it.”

The stores will sell items from local artists, too.

Hemp Releaf also soon will add classes with authors and medical authorities who will teach about hemp.

“We really need to educate people properly,” Valentine says.

He says he expects the west-side Hemp Releaf to be ready by February, and the east-side store should follow within three months after that.

Look for more information as the new stores get closer to opening.

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Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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