CBD, hotdogs and more in the works


WILMINGTON — Most people associate being in "the dog house" with trouble.

But in Wilmington, it will mean hanging out at 7 North Main St. at a food stand offering hot dogs and beverages. The plan for the property also calls for selling cannabidiol or CBD, spa services, wellness products and gifts that cannot be found within a 100-mile radius.

This month, Matt Horn told the town's Development Review Board he is thinking about selling craft beer by the can and having a television outside to watch sports. DRB Chairwoman Wendy Manners said the board's challenge is to preserve the historic nature of the downtown and still allow for "funky places."

"We want to work with you guys and we want to enhance the town," said Horn, who previously ran

Matterhorn Lifestyles in West Dover, which sold hot tubs and other products.

Mike Edwards said his wife, Horn's sister, is a licensed esthetician. Spa services would offered at the new business by appointment only.

Horn's mother Veronica Horn said CBD sold at the store will be sourced from New England. It is made up of a very small amount of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, which is the crystalline compound that is the main active ingredient of cannabis.

Referring to a news report she recently watched, Manners said no health claims about CBD can currently be backed up by the United States Food and Drug Administration. CBD has been said to help people with issues including anxiety, cancer spread, digestion and pain relief.

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A site visit for the project was held on May 9.

"It was good," Zoning Administrator Craig Ohlson said following the site visit. "They're bringing some new plans in. It's still basically the same uses, if you will, but the alterations on the outside are going to change some."

The original plan included a garden folly. But that element of the project had been removed.

"The lot is a pretty small lot," he said. "And it would be really, really busy because of the site."

The hearing closed Monday. The board has 45 days to issue a decision.

On Wednesday, Ohlson said the board is already drafting it.

"Everything seemed fine," he said. "The Horns are anxious to move ahead."

The property belongs to Carolyn Palmer.

Reach staff writer Chris Mays at cmays@reformer.com, at @CMaysBR on Twitter and 802-254-2311, ext. 273.


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