For our team, the founding of IndiGrow happened not only in the middle of a global pandemic, but also during a time of big family changes. Although these were all mostly happy changes, they still naturally brought their own set of challenges. Above all else, family is extremely important to all of us and is the force that drives what we do.
We chose the name ‘IndiGrow’ because it was short for “independent grow”, and we also liked that it sounded similar to ‘indigo’ (a color that is often associated with the cannabis plant). We also knew we wanted a diamond for our logo. Not only do we intend to sell ‘diamonds’ as concentrate, we felt that this symbol in particular really exemplifies the high-quality standards of our products.
Small Batch Craft
When we say ‘craft’, we mean small-batch and quality-focused cannabis. Where other grows focus on quantity and pumping out as much product as possible – we are focused solely on quality. We stand apart from the rest because we are the only company involved here, therefore we are truly a vertically-integrated operation. You can be sure that our flower never leaves the building until it is in our customers’ hands!
We also strive to always operate with a consultative approach regarding our IndiGrow sales team. Each budtender will be fully versed in our growing methods, processing, various consumption methods, etc. Our goal is for our budtenders to match each customer with the products that best fit their specific personal wellness needs and desired effects. Our full-bodied selections are landrace strains which gained worldwide popularity in the 1970s & 1980s.
The major portion of our facility is situated within a century-old refurbished warehouse. Before IndiGrow, this building housed many Muskegon businesses throughout the years. Although our showroom itself is all new construction, inside you can even still see the old brick from the warehouse! We went to great lengths in order to renovate (yet carefully preserve) the warehouse, as we feel it is a beautiful reflection of Muskegon’s proud industrial heritage.
As we move forward, we envision IndiGrow challenging the cannabis industry to have higher, more reliable standards. We expect to be the leaders of microbusiness licensure here in Michigan; helping to lobby for clearer legislation on the state level, as well as joining the fight for federal legalization. We also plan to do our part in helping with community outreach, partnering exclusively with local nonprofits or donating directly to the city of Muskegon.
Caregiver vs. Grower
Caregivers are an essential part of the marijuana industry, providing a necessary service for patients by helping them acquire medical marijuana. Caregivers are licensed by the state, and each individual using medical cannabis selects a primary caregiver to provide their medicinal cannabis. A caregiver is a reliable grower of cannabis, willing to educate themselves in the laws, benefits, and drawbacks of marijuana in order to best help their patients. A caregiver differs from a grower in that a caregiver specifically tailors each plant to maximize the medicinal benefits; whereas a traditional commercial grower is focused on quantity and profits.
Caregivers have laid the foundation in Michigan’s evolving cannabis industry, but have not yet been afforded the opportunity to bring high quality medicinal-grade cannabis to the commercial market. We at IndiGrow believe it is our duty to embrace the varied people that made recreational cannabis possible by bringing a caregiver’s craft-style growing to the commercial industry.
Paul - President
Dr. Lomeo has worked as a physician in Muskegon for over thirty years. As a surgeon, he has served people of all ages in the West Michigan community. After personally witnessing many patients deal with pain, he hopes that quality cannabis can be a safe alternative to harsher medications such as opioids. Dr. Lomeo’s goal is that IndiGrow continues his work not only in business and community service, but in helping others lead fulfilling lives. In his free time, Paul enjoys weight lifting, boating, and muscle cars.
Steven - CEO
Working in sales since the age of 15 – from technology, to cell phones, cars, and service – Steven has sold it all, however cannabis as a business is a new discovery for him. As someone who enjoys cannabis, the gap in the market for quality flower was very clear, and he sought to fill that gap. Steven is very ambitious, always challenging himself to learn more. He is a huge Star Wars fan, loves to boat and wakesurf in the summer, and spend time with family.
Karen - Administrator
Karen is an attorney by trade. Her legal career has been focused on helping disabled and injured workers. As someone who recently discovered cannabis, mostly using it to control anxiety, Karen’s dream for IndiGrow is to create consistent, safe, and reliable flower and products, as well as maintaining visibility on the market. Her legal career has opened her eyes to the misfortune of those in pain, and she hopes that IndiGrow, in its own way, is able to help those in pain live a more fulfilling life. For fun, Karen enjoys spending time with family and being outdoors.
Scott - Grower
Scott has been growing cannabis for his entire adult life. He has been featured in the Michigan Medical Marijuana Magazine, and has been a caregiver in West Michigan since 2009. Scott is truly passionate about cannabis and this shows in his individualized care for each and every plant he grows. He has challenged himself to grow in different mediums, lighting sources, and methods. In his spare time, Scott enjoys playing drums.
Sienna - Processor
Sienna is a biochemist with a Master’s degree in Business Administration. She has worked in many labs, in various positions. From running medical tests in a hospital, to processing food, Sienna surely has a confident hand in the lab. Sienna hopes to use her attention to detail in order to produce high-quality, delicious extracts. In her free time she enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding, and spending time with family and friends.
JT - Facility Manager
Throughout his career, JT has worked as a general laborer in various fields such as event production and locksmithing. As someone who is passionate about cannabis, he is excited to be integral to Indigrow. Outside of work, JT has a passion for multimedia art and virtual reality.
chris - sales manager
Starting his career in sales, Chris grew up learning business through his family’s own. With over 20 years sales and management experience in the marine, medical and music industry, his passion for the cannabis industry has now led him to IndiGrow. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf, drumming and spending quality time with family and friends.