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Meet David Palatnik of CBD Kratom in Andersonville and Bucktown

Today we’d like to introduce you to David Palatnik.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am not sure what part of my story you would like to hear, but my name is David Palatnik. I am originally from Tel Aviv, Israel and have been in the United States for 5 years. I have always loved Chicago since moving to the US and was always interested in starting my own business. I discovered both CBD and Kratom through a few connections and several different trade shows. I tried both of them for various issues and saw a benefit from both. Usually these items are sold in head shops, but I saw so many people who were looking for these kinds of items. I thought it would be best to showcase the benefits of CBD and Kratom on their own. I opened CBD Kratom in Bucktown in July 2016 and CBD Kratom in Andersonville in November 2016. Both neighborhoods have been extremely welcoming and I love being a part of both neighborhoods. There is some customer overlap, but there is definitely a different feel to each store. I like bringing new items to the stores and seeing how customers react. Some things are hits such as our new CBD cartridges and other things not so much, but that is part of the fun for me. Our customers are great people and there are lots of individuals in Chicago who like supporting local businesses.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There is no such thing as a smooth road and there definitely have been struggles, but I always believe that is the way of life. The potential DEA ban on Kratom was extremely discouraging, but the Kratom community rallied together and fought it, which made me even happier to be a part of this community. I love helping my customers and seeing how both CBD and Kratom help them. I think that is really the essence of my business and that’s what keeps me running.

CBD Kratom – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
My company is CBD Kratom. I specialize in CBD (cannabidiol) and Kratom items. I believe we are known for our friendly and helpful customer service. My employees are extremely knowledgeable in these items and I am always working to keep them trained and up to date on all the items in the store. Like anything else these days, you can find CBD and Kratom online, but there is nothing like coming in to our shop and getting all your questions answered there on the spot. I also work really hard to keep up to date with all the new products in both the CBD and Kratom industries, so I believe I have lots of the newest items on the market.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
One of my proudest moments of my career was when I was able to open my second CBD Kratom location in Andersonville. It was so much easier for me to navigate the Chicago area and I knew more what I needed to open the shop. I was able to open the shop rather quickly- it only took about two months, when my first shop took me way longer. I am simply proud that I was able to grow in the 6 months between openings of the two shops.

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Yitzchak Palatnik

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