UXBRIDGE — The wait was worth it for the state’s first woman-owned, small-business marijuana retailer to open, and for the several dozen eager customers in line more than an hour before the 11 a.m. grand opening Friday.
As the moment approached, Caroline E. Frankel stepped out of Caroline’s Cannabis, 640 Douglas St., and shouted a hearty, “Welcome, my cannabis enthusiasts!”
Ms. Frankel, whose shop is the 11th in the state selling adult-use marijuana, described how far she’d come from six years ago, when she started as “a woman in her basement with a laptop, a book of regulations and her dreams.”
Breaking barriers isn’t new to the woman who worked during college as the first female valet on Federal Hill, a traditionally Italian restaurant section of Providence, Rhode Island.
Fitting in business plans and navigating regulations in between family activities, Ms. Frankel created a marijuana shop that is also part gift shop.