Recently, the City of West Hollywood, California unveiled the nation’s premier cannabis restaurant, Lowell Cafe. Now, it appears as if the pot-friendly SoCal city is about to have another weed eatery. Scheduled to open in Spring, 2020, Aeon Botanika will be a 7,000 square foot one-stop-wellness-shop with not just a superfoods cafe, but also a cannabis boutique, dispensary, spa, and Moroccan-themed cannabis tea lounge, too.
Aeon Botanika is the brainchild of Nicole Fox, a registered dietitian who trained at UCLA and co-founded two of LA’s earliest medical dispensaries, the Green Goddess and the Higher Path. With a background in functional and integrative medicine, Fox serves on the board of L.A.’s biggest cannabis trade association, the Southern California Coalition, as well as the California Minority Alliance.
“We are in a time when more people are turning to cannabis as a medicine and including it as part of their wellness lifestyle,” said Fox in a press release. “I am thrilled to bring my two passions, healthcare and cannabis, together to create the Aeon Botanika experience. I am beyond grateful to the City of West Hollywood, who has always supported the movement to end the prohibition of this healing plant. We are committed to paying this forward as a social impact company.”
Meanwhile, Aeon Botanika’s co-founder and chief marketing officer, Veena Parekh hails from California and has lived in Amsterdam for the last ten-plus years. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Economy from UC Berkeley and a Master’s degree in Development Studies from Erasmus University Rotterdam, specializing in community development and political economic empowerment.
“We’re not just creating a business; we are building a place of beauty where people can gather, connect, rejuvenate and deepen their practice of wellness in new ways,” said Parekh. “Joy, relaxation, and education are all important dimensions of wellness and the combination of the different spaces we are curating is such a unique opportunity to bring these all together. We believe cannabis can be a catalyst for positive change in individuals and in society; this is the vision we are bringing to life.”
The New Cannabis Café On The Block
Aeon Botanika is being designed by Los Angeles-based Ferrier Architecture Studio, with Keith Greco of the city’s Little Door and Cliff’s Edge responsible for the interiors. Chef Fred Eric of L.A.’s eponymous Fred 62 has been appointed culinary director, responsible for both the cannabis lounge and non-cannabis café, which will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ritual Coffee Roasters will supply the coffee.
At the same time, a wellness center will offer access to holistic experts, including a dietitian, acupuncturist, massage therapist, and a “functional medicine physician.” The venue will also host a range of community programs including meditation sessions, lectures, panels, and other events.
Aeon Botanika is the first venue to bring together cannabis products and onsite wellness services, as well as a bespoke line of house-grown craft cannabis flower and microdose cannabis wellness product line along with “wild-crafted non-cannabis herbal formulas created to support health goals.”
The establishment was recently granted an Adult Use, Medical and Consumption Lounge license in West Hollywood, and a Microbusiness license for cultivation, manufacturing, delivery, and distribution in the City of L.A. Construction of the weed-themed wellness destination is slated to begin in December.