Curio Wellness has opened the application process for franchisee opportunities and investment funding in more than 10 states nationwide, company officials announced.
Along with the launch of the franchise offering, the Baltimore-based medical cannabis company will rebrand its retail business and future franchises under the new entity Far & Dotter — the name in Swedish means father and daughter, a nod to Curio Wellness’s founding father and daughter team, Michael and Wendy Bronfein.
The new Far & Dotter brand pulls from the Scandinavian egalitarian and cooperative culture, with its commitment to community, self-care, and an integrative approach to wellness. The stores will continue Curio’s commitment to wellness and generational advancement, serving as holistic pharmacies and wellness hubs devoted to empowering local entrepreneurs and providing products and services that enhance patients’ quality of life.
While anyone from a qualified state, including Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missouri, New Jersey, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan and Illinois, is eligible to apply to become a franchisee, women, minorities and disabled veterans elsewhere may also apply for startup capital through the Curio Wellness Investment Fund to secure funds needed to open their own franchise location. Announced last November, the fund aims to strengthen diversity and inclusion in the cannabis industry and is designed to support up to 50 applicants, providing them up to 93% of the capital needed to open a franchise. Diverse entrepreneurs will repay the startup loans with their portion of the dispensary earnings, resulting in 100% ownership as a franchisee over time.