Empowering Diverse Entrepreneurs


Becoming a Far & Dotter™ Wellness Center franchisee is a life-changing experience. If you have what it takes to grow, manage, and own a Far & Dotter Wellness Center and are looking for access to the capital to get started, you may be the ideal franchisee and Curio Investment Fund candidate.

How it works.

The Curio Investment Fund provides entrepreneurial opportunities for diverse populations critical to the future of the cannabis industry—giving eligible candidates access to the necessary startup capital to begin a Far & Dotter franchise and ultimately achieve 100% ownership as a franchisee.


Through the Curio Investment Fund, $30 million will be invested into up to 50 women, BIPOC, and disabled veteran entrepreneurs who seek to open a Far & Dotter franchise location in their state. In an effort to further support the inclusive, healthy development of our industry, investors from all backgrounds have committed to the success of diverse entrepreneurs who have the skill and ambition to build a successful business. 


To secure the Fund’s sponsorship, franchisees make a small, but meaningful capital commitment. Remaining funds necessary to open the franchise will be provided through the Fund via a combination of low interest fixed-rate loans and a direct equity investment for 40% ownership interest. 


While earning a salary for serving as General Manager of their Wellness Center, entrepreneurs will then repay the loan with their portion of the dispensary’s earnings. Franchisees are then eligible to buy out the Curio Investment Fund’s equity investment—giving them 100% ownership of the Wellness Center as a franchisee.

Addressing diversity in the cannabis industry.

The Curio Investment Fund addresses the most significant barriers in the industry: acquiring startup capital and developing a proven business model and brand.


Traditional financial lenders typically do not provide equity or loans for cannabis startups, which hurts the industry as a whole but disproportionately affects women, BIPOC, and disabled veterans who have traditionally faced systemic barriers to accessing capital.


Additionally, women, BIPOC, and disabled veterans are also often overlooked as prospective investors in and outside of the cannabis industry. As a result, they are underrepresented within the investor classes of venture capital firms and are unable to participate in some of the most lucrative investment opportunities. The Curio Investment Fund prioritized its outreach to investors to ensure inclusive access to the investment opportunity. The result is a collection of diverse investors aligned to create generational wealth opportunities for themselves and the talented entrepreneurs building Far & Dotter Wellness Centers. 


According to MJ Biz Daily, just 17% of executive positions at cannabis businesses are held by these groups. Through the Curio Investment Fund, eligible candidates can get a foothold in the cannabis industry and are put on a pathway to 100% ownership in as little as 3 years—playing an important role in closing the industry’s wealth gaps and creating generational wealth.

Are you eligible?

Candidates are eligible for the Curio Investment Fund if they meet their state’s definition for a woman or minority business enterprise or a disabled veteran-owned business. If their state does not have a formal definition for these statuses, candidates may still be eligible if they meet Maryland’s definition.

What you get.

Not only will you get access to our proven marketing and operational toolkit, but Curio Investment Fund sponsored franchisees may also receive financial support in the form of:

  • Pathway to ownership
    • Franchisees apply store proceeds to repay initial financing.
    • Franchisees eligible to buy out* the Fund’s ownership in as little as three years.
  • Waived fees
  • Equity and Debt Financing
  • Line of Credit
  • Prorated franchise royalty fees

How to apply.

Franchisees seeking to be considered for Fund sponsorship must apply for consideration as a franchisee and indicate their interest in sponsorship during the standard franchisee process. To do so, they must answer the question regarding meeting preliminary eligibility requirements in the standard franchise application process regarding women, BIPOC, and disabled veterans.

*The valuation methodology of the buyout structure is agreed upon in an operating agreement between the franchise and the Fund.

Christine Rhett

Graphic Designer
Your eye for design, Christine will ensure that your content, in-store collateral, and marketing materials are on-brand and visually striking. Christine previously founded her own design company, Chris X Creative, and led visual development for the Nature of Umi wellness brand.

Stephanie Schultz

Digital Marketing Specialist
Your marketing extraordinaire, Steph will support you in developing effective marketing campaigns that expand your customer base and grow your sales. Steph previously led marketing efforts for VOLO Sports and KETTLER Property Management.

Ashley Alberts

Training Manager
Your in-house professor, Ashley develops the training programs and educational content that ensure you are well-prepared to lead a F&D franchise location. Ashley previously served as a training manager for Texas Roadhouse and a Patient Care Advisor at our flagship location.

Andrew Mallinoff

Communications Manager
Your communications confidant and HQ project manager. Andrew previously worked in the political organizing world, managing campaigns and strategic communications for a variety of candidates at the federal, state and local level.

Nathan Podrid

Director of Real Estate
Your expert in navigating the real estate market as a potential cannabis business operator. Nate co-founded One Two Tree Holdings, a real estate investment firm specializing in the cannabis industry. He also served as the Director of Operations Development for Holistic Industries, a multi-state cannabis operator.

Jerel Registre

Fund Managing Director
Jerel comes to Curio having spent most of his career working with firms to drive financial, organizational, and analytical initiatives designed to maximize cashflow and value to investors. Prior to joining Curio, he led a private consulting firm that worked with small- and medium-sized businesses to drive financial and operational improvements by evaluating capital opportunities and identifying operational efficiencies.

Erica Tarnowski

Senior Director of Franchising
Your welcoming party and guide through the franchising process. Erica is steeped in experience in the franchising world, both inside and outside the cannabis industry. Before joining our team, she served as Director of Business Development at 919 Marketing and Franchise Development Manager for Unity Rd Cannabis Dispensaries.

Anthony Darby​

Anthony Darby is the acting President of Retail at Far & Dotter and a three-time CEO within the medical cannabis space, having led multiple local dispensaries as well as consulting for cannabis start-ups nationwide. Anthony’s passion in providing high quality alternative medicine paired with his entrepreneurial experience, hands on industry knowledge, and understanding of unique challenges faced by cannabis operators has helped position him to lead the national expansion of the dispensary franchise developed by Curio Wellness and oversee brand marketing strategies to create heightened brand awareness as Far & Dotter scales.

Wendy Bronfein​

Wendy is the Chief Brand Officer and Director of Public Policy at Curio Wellness. As a member of the executive leadership team, Bronfein drives the company’s legislative agenda across multiple states, oversees the Curio brand, and all corporate communications. Under her leadership, Curio Wellness has become Maryland’s leading medical cannabis company, securing 90% brand awareness within the first year of operations.

Michael Bronfein​

Michael is the Chief Executive Office of Curio Wellness and an entrepreneur and investor focused on innovation and competitive advantage in healthcare services, healthcare technologies, software, and distribution. He has founded, co-founded, invested in, and rapidly grown a number of leading healthcare service companies, including NeighborCare, Remedi SeniorCare, and Sterling Partners.