If mothers know best, then grandmothers must really know best. At least, that was the case with Patti and Brian’s grandmothers.
Patti Skelly and Brian Lindback’s grandmothers were having dinner together at the Islamorada Fishing Club when Brian walked in. As soon as he said his hellos, Patti’s grandmother told him he’d marry her granddaughter someday. He politely responded but didn’t take the prediction seriously… until the day he met Patti. Six months after meeting, Brian and Patti were engaged and married this past May. They’ve been an inseparable team ever since.
Brian’s family has been in the Keys since the 1950s, making Brian a 3rd generation Conch. His grandparents built La Siesta Resort from the ground up, and now own Lorelei Restaurant & Cabana Bar. His parents paved their own way, too. His dad as the owner of Atlantic Trash & Transfer and his mother, Jude, as a self-made Realtor with The Lindback Team. Brian and Patti are also a part of that team, which ranked in the top half of 1% in the nation in 2021.
Growing up inFort Lauderdale, Patti spent countless days at her grandparents’ house in Port Antigua.
Many of her favorite childhood memories are snorkeling, and wakeboarding in the Keys with her father.
“I always knew I’d live in the Keys someday. I just thought I’d be retired, but meeting Brian sped up those plans.”Patti comes from a family of entrepreneurs, too, with her father and grandfather both owning a business in the marine industry.
With such strong entrepreneurial backgrounds, Patti and Brian also want to make their own mark and continue to positively impact the community as those who came before them.
As they were looking to make their own mark, a close family member was dealing with painful symptoms and found relief through doctor-recommended CBD products. Seeing the relief it brought their loved one, they further researched different hemp products and how they can help people in their day-to-day lives.
Like most Americans, Patti and Brian heard mixed things about hemp ever since it was legalized in the 2018 Farm Bill. They turned to Patti’s close friend, who owns an award-winning hemp product line, to learn more. CBD and Delta 8 are derived from hemp and used for various day-to-day struggles, like pain, anxiety, and troubled sleep. Recent Oregon State research has also shown hemp compounds prevent coronavirus from entering human cells.
After attending multiple conferences and trade shows, Patti and Brian knew this is how they wanted to help their community.
The Islamorada Hemp Company caters to both locals and visitors who are looking for day-to-day relief for themselves and their pets. They serve all customers over 21 years old, but the majority are 30-65 years old. No medical card is needed. Their store contradicts the hemp-shop stereotype with a calm and minimalist design. Located at mile marker 82, it reflects the surrounding upscale resorts. The three shop dogs also add to the welcoming atmosphere.
Islamorada Hemp Company carries top of the line products: JustCBD and No Cap Hemp Co., which includes Delta 8, Delta 10, and HHC. The products come in all forms, including lotions, edibles, seltzers, bath bombs, pet treats, and much more. The local staff is well-educated on all products, and much of their job is educating customers so they can decide which is best for their
The formal Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony is being held on Earth Day, April 22, from 4-8pm. Local vendors will be joining the indoor/outdoor celebration with food, drinks, music, and great sales.
Always looking for ways to support the community, the event will also help support and bring awareness to the Saving Alligator Reef Lighthouse charity and Marr-velous Pet Rescue and Adoption. Visit their website islamoradahempcompany.com.
– Jerrica Mah is a writer, Army wife, and freelance book editor, who loves to travel with her family.