Hunter Bolesky and Brandon Srinath aren’t average businessmen. They’re the co-owners of Botana-Cart, a bicycle-powered botanical shop. Their cart, which sports a marijuana leaf, serves the Chapel Hill and Carrboro area.
“We started four months ago, and we were able to save up the funds together and put it all together,” Bolesky said. “I’m just an employee for this company that me and Brandon started together and we are not affiliated with anything. This is just something that we did.”
Botana-Cart sells locally sourced, plant-based products from its cart, which can be spotted around Franklin Street on weekend nights and via delivery. Among the company's product offerings is Delta-8, a cannabis compound.
“We have a wide range of botanical products that deal with all different herbs,” Bolesky said. “Around 70 percent of what's on the cart is locally sourced, so we work with some local farms. Everything that we sell is just agricultural — plant-based, essentially.”
The company is operated out of a 600-pound bicycle cart that is battery-powered and carbon-free, according to its website.
Srinath says that Botana-Cart’s Delta-8 products have been particularly successful.
“Our gummies are really great,” Srinath said. “They're accessible to a lot of people that are out and about and within Chapel Hill, and it gives people the option to be able to try different strength CBD or Delta-8 and to be able to see what works for them. We get a lot of people that mainly get plant medicines for pain, anxiety or just 'mood-lifting alternatives,' which is what we usually call them.”
Botana-Cart has seen success in products aside from Delta-8 as well, such as kratom, a plant-based stimulant sold in forms such as tea, and mushroom powder that can be mixed into any drink. Bolesky and Srinath also plan to add more products to their current lineup.
“We’re dabbling in all botanicals, and it’s something that we’ll be looking through every day,” Bolesky said. “We're always adding new stuff. We're always looking to work with new people, but we really try to make it sourced locally and we try to do the best that we can.”