Announcing the grand opening of Radix House, Austin, Texas first mobile coffee, tea and CBD dispensary shop that serves great brews and tea as well as care and resources for Austin’s community of those impacted by PTSD.
•Our remarkable coffee comes (not infused) from the volcanic mountains near Lake Kivu in Rwanda which also supports the local women farmers with education and health systems.
•The incredible combination of amazing coffee or tea and hemp-derived CBD products makes for one "Rad" brew.
•Our loose-leaf teas are a great way to enjoy your daily dose of CBD.
•Our mission is to support those impacted by PTSD within our community by raising awareness, starting conversations and caring over a cup of our delicious coffee and teas.
Oct 28, 2020 Austin, Texas
A Mission of Quality and Caring
Love is at the root of the Radix House Coffee Shop mission. From the pep in your step found in an amazing cup of coffee combined with the tranquil feeling found in our hemp products, Radix House is passionate about bringing you the best of both worlds. Backed by laboratory testing to uncompromising standards, you can feel confident in knowing you have the best along with all the benefits of using organically grown methods. Founder of Radix House and native Austinite, Roger Pilney says “By serving the finest coffee and tea along with making available fine CBD products, my hope is to serve, and support people impacted by PTSD. After all, how many conversations have started over a pot of coffee and two chairs?”
When asked why Roger decided to start this business he said, “I was watching the news one day and saw the face of a first responder, a nurse to be exact, on the TV discussing Covid19. I saw the lines in her face from wearing a mask for countless hours. What I saw next was all too familiar to me. It was the look of panic and dread in her eyes. I realized the wave of trauma that would impact her, other responders and likely many others for that matter. I knew I had to do something, but what? To say 2020 has been stressful for most would be a drastic understatement. As a survivor of PTSD, I knew I had the information I could share and give hope, but how? How do I talk to people about my experience with PTSD? How do I create conversations in a time like this?”
Roger has seen the impacts of PTSD within the recovery community for over 27 years and where much of his trauma happened. As the state reduced resources for mental health, more and more people were referred to 12 step programs as their last hope. “Many of us became untrained first responders” to many types of crisis, says Roger. Roger has personally experienced the aftermath of many suicides and suicide attempts which was not his only source of trauma but provided the much of it. And this was all before the pandemic, before massive job losses, before the isolation from not being able see and hug people – before the enormous change to our daily lives. According to Roger, “the daily barrage of new stresses, civil unrest and disease related deaths were taking its toll on me too. I was either going to let these things pummel the life out of me or fight back and help. I chose to help.”
After much thought and deliberation, Roger cashed in his savings, sold some items and went all in to build a business that would start conversations and help let people know that someone cares. Thus, the idea for Radix House was born. Roger cares. “I knew the business had to start conversations and let people know someone cares and is there for them. I knew the business had to start discussions and I learned long ago that I could build a community with a coffee pot and two chairs. I also knew that by having a giant hemp leaf as a logo on the side of our truck would start all sorts of conversations. One topic we hope to shine a light on is that you don’t have to have served in the Armed Forces to have PTSD. It’s more common than most realize, and it is not a sign of weakness to have been impacted by it” said Roger.
“I grew up in this town and I want to give back the hope I was given by the loving people in this community. By creating Radix House, I hope to share a great cup of coffee or tea and some CBD with others who may be impacted by this and looking for help” says Roger. Additionally, Roger has a long history of helping others in their recovery over the years. His hope is that Radix House builds and supports that recovery by providing the same relief that he found through his hemp-based products and through EMDR therapy.
Radix House is scheduled to open on Halloween, October 31st, 2020. Roger will debut their beautiful truck in the well-let parking area of Westgate Lanes off William Cannon and Westgate in South Austin. “Where else would you expect to find a sharp truck with a slick logo adorning a giant hemp leaf on the side? We are expecting fast growth and already working on plans for our second and third locations next year. We are all in on this fight to help others one rad coffee at a time” Roger said. “The time to act is now. We can’t wait for everyone to agree on a path forward. CBD can help in many ways. My personal experience has been life-changing” he added. “I cannot make claims as to what one product or another can do for a particular person, but I can say that I am personally no longer on the medications I had been prescribed for pain and PTSD. My health has never been better. My lab work doesn’t lie nor does it care about misinformation” said Roger.
“Being in therapy for PTSD while in recovery, I hit a major low in my life two years ago. I had to make a choice and was scared of CBD and hemp and its effect on me, being in recovery for almost 28 years, but after experiencing the amazing healing affects, I knew I wanted to share this with my community and those impacted by or suffering from PTSD” says Roger. I don't care about the controversy or gossip. I care about helping that person who doesn't know that there is help. I was that person.
Roger’s plan is that Radix House will become part of the local landscape and a source of information and resources for those suffering from PTSD and to eventually open a foundation supported by the coffee shop. After all, Radix (noun) meaning is primary source or origin – that from which anything springs, or it originates. The Radix House Coffee Shop is not only a symbol of hope but a source of comfort and help for others hoping to better understand PTSD.
Legal and Financial
Our Lawyer: Lisa Pittman
The Radix House Coffee Shop is grateful to have the support of some really amazing people who want the best for them in this effort. When it comes to understanding legal hurdles, Roger reached out to the best. After researching the Texas Compassionate Use Act and other Hemp topics, Roger contacted “The first lady of Cannabis Law, Lisa Pittman.” Pittman’s pioneering work in the cannabis business industry in Texas has earned her the title. “I was fascinated by her work dating back to 2015” says Roger “Lisa, as she has been for many others, has been our hero, no doubt” Roger added. According to Lisa, she was just as excited to talk to Roger. “His determination for helping find solutions for those impacted by PTSD is very moving, easy to want to support and aligns with much of what I fight for. My interest in hemp stems from the plant’s ability to provide quality of life to children and adults with devastating conditions and hemp’s ability to be a sustainable natural resource,” said Lisa.
Our CPA: Micky Williams
The next challenge Radix House faced was finding the right person to navigate the financial hurdles and future growth. “It is important for obvious reasons, but our larger goal is to one day have a foundation where we can do much more for people affected by PTSD. That is when we met Micky Williams,” said Roger.
“The potential for CBD is promising for entrepreneurs. CBD sales in the United States nationally are projected to surpass $20 billion by 2024. I think Texas entrepreneurs have a tremendous opportunity to put themselves in a position for success by early entry into the market” said Micky. Micky’s firm, Accounting Intelligence, was a natural fit with the challenges facing these evolving industries. “We have had a few big heroes in this journey and Micky is another one for sure. We are set up for success now and can move forward with confidence allowing us to focus on our goals and what we do best” said Roger.
About Our Lawyer: Lisa PIttman
Lisa serves the American Bar Association, a nationwide network of elite attorneys. She presented the ABA's first marijuana law CLE at its annual meeting in NYC in 2017, resulting in the creation of a Task Force on Cannabis Law and Policy, with Lisa on Steering Committee and Program Chair of its first cannabis law standalone CLE in Chicago. Mrs. Pittman is Vice-Chair of the Business Litigation, Corporate Counsel, and Product Liability Committees. She writes for the Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Law Journal. Lisa serves on the TortSource editorial board. She graduated from ABA Leadership Academy in 2015, as well as Austin Bar Association's Leadership Academy in 2016. In 2017, she graduated from the highly selective Leadership Austin Essential Class. She assisted in the passage of the 2019 Texas Hemp Act and was appointed to the Texas Department of Agriculture Industrial Hemp Advisory Council.
About Our CPA: Micky Williams
Micky is a CPA with over 20 years of experience in accounting and information technology. His experience includes corporate and individual tax, process automation and accounting systems implementation. He now focuses using his experience to bring value to cannabis and hemp related businesses.
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