Flowers and Herb Markets in Old Town Albuquerque curates a selection of products ranging from fresh flower arrangements to sexual wellness and local, sustainably grown cannabis, and its business model is committed to the local community.
We hope there is a time in each person’s life when they decide they are going to make things happen.
For the trio of Adria Mooney, Kelsey Kam, and James DiPadua, it was in the spring of 2021. They’d spent the previous six months in a state of COVID isolation, longing for the chance to pursue their dreams. Even after a first failed project, the team kept pushing, aiming for a retail experience that would represent the beauty and hope they embrace in their daily lives. Lucky for them, as though a sign from the universe saying, “Yes!! Do it!!,” New Mexico legalized recreational cannabis use.
Fast forward a year and Flowers and Herb Markets is no longer a mirage in the distance—it’s a reality.
Flowers and Herb Markets, located in Old Town Albuquerque, curates a selection of products ranging from fresh flower arrangements inspired by the zodiac and flower symbolism to sexual wellness and local, sustainably grown cannabis. “Whenever possible, we source from our local community. This way we can make sure the benefits of recreational cannabis stay local where our communities most need them,” says DiPadua. More than that, “We also prioritize working with women-owned businesses—we’re excited to be part of the wave of women entering and leading the cannabis industry,” adds Mooney.
The three friends also focus on a love for space and art and its expression in every facet of their store. “Aside from our products, we want our space to be inviting where as soon as you walk in you think, ‘Wow. This place is different, the energy feels good.’ Plus, we offer a public restroom with a very soothing oasis vibe—it’s pretty amazing,” says Kam.
As soon as you walk into Flowers and Herb, you’re greeted by a full-service floral section, music filling the space, and a fresh interior design all culminating in a completely immersive experience.
A notable addition to their retail space is the full-wall mural on the exterior of the building painted by Mr. Melty, a local artist with work featured at Meow Wolf. Commenting on the inspiration, Kam says, “Women are so interconnected to nature, physically carrying the next generation forward, that making the female central to the piece was a given. It’s essential to our thinking and is truly amazing to see Mr. Melty bring that to life.”
Like the store itself, the three friends are an unexpected combination too. Spouses DiPadua and Mooney have decades of entrepreneurial experience and an enthusiasm for cannabis while Kam has the fresh pick on flowers, interior design, and retail. The team envisions the future of cannabis as becoming more integrated into retail experiences. “Let’s create a welcoming place to shop for cannabis, flowers, and other unique items. I’m hoping this space is inviting to people new to cannabis or searching for alternatives to mainstream dispensaries.” Mooney says.
With their first location in Albuquerque, co-founder James is more excited than ever about Flowers and Herb’s prospects. “This is really just the start,” says DiPadua, “because when you question what is possible, there’s really nothing stopping you other than yourself.”
Flowers and Herb Markets is open Monday–Friday, 10 am-8 pm, and Saturday–Sunday, 11 am-6 pm, at 119 San Pasquale Avenue SW, Albuquerque. The shop will open early every day at 8:30 am during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, October 1-9.