HOPEDALE — Caroline Frankel made history when she opened the first woman-owned recreational cannabis shop in Massachusetts.
Now she’s opened her second.
Caroline’s Cannabis has opened at 4 Charlesview Road, less than three years after the first store opened in Uxbridge. While the first store contains about 600 square feet of retail space, the Hopedale store is more than twice that, at about 1,500 square feet.
Frankel said she may be the first social equity applicant with the state’s Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) to open two retail stores.
“They really embraced us through the entire build-out,” she said of Hopedale officials. The store’s first customer was Select Board Chair Brian Keyes, according to Frankel’s husband, Steve, who works at the store.
In 2019, Frankel became the first woman to open a recreational cannabis shop in Massachusetts when she opened in Uxbridge. She said that location still sees about 500 customers a day.
“I have people driving from the Boston area to come here to shop at our stores,” Frankel said.
Caroline’s Cannabis is the second cannabis business to open in Hopedale. The first — High Hopes — opened in August at Hopedale Airport Industrial & Business Park.
Frankel said she is currently seeing about 200 customers a day in Hopedale.
When Caroline’s Cannabis opened its Uxbridge store, it