Publicly traded hemp company GenTech to open inaugural CBD cafe in Montclair

Gabrielle Saulsbery//September 26, 2019

Publicly traded hemp company GenTech to open inaugural CBD cafe in Montclair

Gabrielle Saulsbery//September 26, 2019

The hype around hemp and cannabidiol is bringing a CBD-centric cafe to Montclair.

GenTech Holdings Inc., a publicly-traded hemp company based out of New York, will open its first Healthy Leaf CBD-Infusion Café this fall on Church Street.

The 1,000-square-foot cafe has a large outdoor seating area and will host acoustic music and serve CBD-infused coffee, snacks, chocolates and teas. CBD-infused pet treats and skin creams will also be available for sale. It will also host holistic education classes.

The Montclair location is the first of five planned over the next 18 months. Specific locations haven’t been announced yet.

Leading up to the grand opening in Montclair, Healthy Leaf will host a series of one-day events. The first, in conjunction with Montclair Design Week, is an event conceived to activate community engagement through joint creativity. It will host Puppets Making Their Way in the World on Oct. 19 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., when participants can design and create puppets to then put on an improvised play.

Future event dates haven’t been announced yet.

Gov. Phil Murphy signs an executive order requiring New Jersey Transit to release monthly rail performance metrics at the Bay Street Train Station in Montclair on Aug. 19, 2019.
The Bay Street Train Station in Montclair. – EDWIN J. TORRES/GOVERNOR’S OFFICE

“Progress has been on schedule in moving toward our grand opening event and we continue to embrace extremely strong signals both in terms of rising forecasts for mainstream CBD-based product adoption and our sense of a very strong fit with the local community surrounding our inaugural Healthy Leaf location,” said GenTech Chief Executive Officer David Lovatt in a statement.

According to an earlier announcement, Montclair is the perfect location for the brand’s inaugural cafe.

“The local demographics, foot traffic, and regional placement all match up with a best-case scenario,” Lovatt said in a statement. “This area is absolutely packed with the life and vibrancy of a successful, progressive crowd. And the property itself is a dream come true.”

A spokesperson for GenTech did not immediately return an inquiry on the grand opening date or the exact Church Street address.