I have been an entrepreneur for over 30 years. I started working for a small Italian restaurant in 1977 in Portage, PA. After learning the business, I became co-owner of Franks Old Fashioned Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant in Somerset, PA. We developed our own homemade recipes and manufactured products for resale. Somerset County is a beautiful area and I look forward to heading back someday to revitalize the "Hemp Spirit", bringing my industry experience and jobs. I want to support the county and people who supported me 23 years ago whom I also consider to be ... "Hemp Pioneers"!
Here's my story ...
In 1996 I bought Chris Conrad's book "Hemp, Lifeline to the Future" and it changed my life! In 1997 I designed the “Original Hemp Board” used to assist in making hemp macramé jewelry. A year later, I started Hemp Sisters Inc. In a short period of time we became one of the largest industrial hemp internet businesses in the world selling over 500 hemp and other natural fiber products. We created jobs by manufacturing the jewelry kit in Somerset County.
My vision led me to open a small store in Somerset. I wanted to re-educate Americans on the history of hemp in the US.
I developed the 10x20 portable Hemp Hut and Hemp Hut kiosk for the Galleria Mall in Johnstown, PA and was successful in educating people in the area about hemp. Back then, we made our own bread and pancakes using hemp seeds and flour! The hemp food industry was very small. We sold hemp pasta, Jones Soda Company's Dave's Hemp Tea, and a few other hemp food products available at the time. I have eaten hemp for years and contribute it to my overall health at age 59!
Combining my love for the restaurant industry and my passion to save the world with hemp, I am extremely happy to be back in the hemp industry and ready to make it happen, two decades later!
Check out beautiful Somerset County, my home and where my heart will always be! The Chamber of Commerce is working with new sustainable businesses to make Somerset a thriving community again. I look forward to bringing my 22 years experience in the hemp industry back home to create jobs and opportunity.
Keep On Hempin" Everyone ☮
I developed the Hemp Jewelry Board in 1997 and created a Hemp Jewlery Kit that was extremely successful.
Hemp Sisters was featured in magazines like Hemp Times, Vegetarian Life, and Natural Glow
Hemp Sisters became one of the largest industrial hemp internet businesses in the world selling over 500 hemp and other natural fiber products.
Hemp Sisters sold every kind of trendy Hemp and other natural fiber products on the market!
Read the Emerald Magazine Story: A Hempster Named Cindy Hopper
Check out my 23 year journey in the emerging American Industrial Hemp Industry! For over 2 decades I have been wearing, eating, selling, and designing hemp products.
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Hear what Jason Amatucci, Founder of the Virginia Industrial Hemp Coalition, and others said about the Maui Wowie Hemp Dog® at our launch in Richmond Virginia in 2014!
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