Business news: Medical cannabis, new credit union location, charity donations

Emily Mavrakis

| The Gainesville Sun

The medical cannabis industry continues to make a splash in Gainesville, with one new dispensary opening.

Also in the news is a local credit union that opened at a new location and another business that has contributed donations to local charities.

Here’s a look at this week’s business news:

VidaCann opens, offers opening deal

VidaCann, one of the largest providers of medical cannabis in Florida, opened its first Gainesville location last week at 3607 SW Archer Road.

VidaCann produces more than 30 premium cannabis strains and over 200 products that include flower, tinctures, capsules, topicals, vapes and concentrate syringes, with edible products launching soon.

It’s open seven days a week in Gainesville. The store’s hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

VyStar opens new Gainesville location

VyStar Credit Union’s new Gainesville location will replace its existing location as the credit union expands its presence in Central Florida. The new building at 2810 NW 43rd St. incorporates a digital-forward design concept that provides additional ways for employees to interact and connect with members.

The facility, which opened in mid-November, offers an array of digital tools and will be the template for VyStar’s future locations. It will serve as an advisory center for employees to better assist members with all of their financial needs.

Gas South donates $10k to local charities

Gas South, a natural gas provider that is in the process of acquiring Infinite Energy, announced a donation to two local organizations.

The company is giving $5,000 each to Gainesville organizations Southwest Advocacy Group and Food4Kids, as part of its dedication to giving back to children in need.

As part of Gas South’s purpose is to “Be a Fuel for Good,” the company pledges 5% of its annual profits to support children in need. SWAG works to provide resources for underserved families, from childcare, to school supplies and health care. Food4Kids provides meals for Alachua County public school students over weekends and during school breaks.

In 2020, Gas South has donated over $1 million to support families impacted by COVID-19.

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