Amidst Aube’s recent troubles today we would like to report a piece of good news and offer new and old residents a glimpse on one of the local businesses. We are going to start off our spotlight on Aube Parish’s with the Grateful Meds, your place to get alternative medicines and pot, legally.
Situated at the very end of Toulouse Street you cannot miss the store and its colorful signage. The walk there is well worth the trip too down some of the quaint little streets of Aube away from the busier French Quarter.
Arriving at the Grateful Meds we meet the owner, local business woman, Aethelu Twofeather downstairs in the shop part of her establishment. Like many stores in Aube this one has living quarters right above the showroom, giving the entire building a vintage feel. The old authentic décor is worth the visit alone. All of that combined makes for a very interesting atmosphere and unique shopping experience.
Shortly after arriving I am invited upstairs where we conduct the interview after taking a few snapshots of the store itself. Miss Twofeather is a gracious host and after being offered refreshments and a warm welcome to Aube we get right into the interview.
Maya Mathieu (M.M. from now on)
How long has your business operated here in Aube? Did you found it or take it over from a previous owner?
Aethelu Twofeather (A.T.)
Since the end of August, this year. I came down with the initial expedition to see about reclaiming this city from the swamp. I did most of the work refurbishing the building. With a little help, but it wasn’t in awful shape. I don’t think it was used for what I am using it for. Some sort of general store, maybe? Or an antique place. Lot of old furniture that was rotting away.
That is very interesting. Were you already in this line of work before you came here or is this the first shop you have opened or worked in?
Oh no, this is the first shop I have ever opened and owned. Since it was legal, I thought that offering alternative medicine was the best way to go. A lot just see it as a pot shop, but I offer a lot of homeopathic remedies too. Essential oils and the like. Or just a friendly ear and sage advice.
Well maybe you should add oracle services to your list as you have already answered the next question too. So we can skip it and move on. What kind of clients do you see most often in your shop?
Oracle, huh? I like the sound of that. If I had that though, I wouldn’t have done some of the things in my life I regret. Well, business has been slow since it is a new and small town. Rapidly growing. Not the usual types as you’d expect. Businessmen, cute young blondes, anything in between. I should say I also offer massages. Forgot.
You mentioned business is slow, have you noticed any change at all with the recent communications outage? Has it affected you and your store at all?
I’ve had more customers since the phones went on the blink, actually. Doesn’t have much effect on my business, no. People tend to just wander in. I have noticed a steady increase in people having headaches though.
The headaches do not surprise me, sadly. With all the things going on right now. Onwards to the next question, we are almost done I promise. Seeing that Aube is ever growing here is a question that might interest newcomers. Are you currently hiring and what kind of person and skill set are you looking for?
I am in no rush, I promise you that. It’s nice to just sit and chat, or be interviewed. As for hiring, I sure am. I can’t always be at the shop, so when that happens a lot of the time I have to just close the door, and I hate doing that. Just need someone who is friendly, minor customer service skills a plus. I could use someone who is excellent at baking to help come up with some new edibles. Also to manage the stock I currently have. Anyone interested should come on by and chat with me. I offer good compensation, and some a very good health plan.
Is there anything else about your store that you would like to impart on our readers?
It’s not just a pot shop. Yes, I do sell cannabis, but I have just as much if not more in the options of other remedies. Natural stuff. Might be a little cliché, being Native American and all, but a lot of it really does work. Oils and things too. I have a lot to offer. Some of it is the stuff you’d find in a metaphysical store too. Granted, a lot of that is more for the tourists. But for those that do just want some weed, I grow the best in the state, hell, probably for several states in any given direction. I don’t judge.
Thank you so much for your time it was a pleasure speaking to you.