ill and Char Mayes officially started TinctureBelle in 2010 with a goal of helping patients through the healing powers of marijuana. And that’s still their main gig — but they make some delicious rec chocolate bars now too.
The family-run company didn’t even consider joining the recreational game until 2014. Even then, they only did it because it seemed like a necessity to stay afloat amongst a growing number of competitors cashing in on Colorado’s green rush. Now many of their products are available without a doctor’s note at Emerald Fields in Manitou Springs and Strawberry Fields in Pueblo.
But the couple, who have been married 25 years and co-own the business, say their mission is still to share marijuana with those who need it most. “Anybody out there that needs help, we go above and beyond,” says Bill Mayes. “We put the patients and the people first.”
He adds, “We started to help people with the tincture and that was the first product we came out with. Shortly after, we made the rub, soap and lotion to help with eczema, digestive issues, to cure a simple headache.”
One thing that hasn’t changed? TinctureBelle is still run by the Mayes family — and not just Bill and Char.
“TinctureBelle has always been a family-run company,” says Char Mayes. “People say you shouldn’t work with your family, but I don’t agree. Our oldest daughter is our head chef and manager, my sister manages the medical sales, my cousin ran the Pueblo location and Uncle Steve [who recently passed away] was a grower. I think because we all love and care for each other so much, that comes out in our products.”