ST. THOMAS – Local music artist Pressure Busspipe, born Delyno Brown, along with her cousin Barbara LeRonde, has started a new business, this time with The Pressure Spot, branching out from reggae music to cannabis products and a vegan juice bar.
The reggae artist from St. Thomas, songwriter, producer and owner of BussPipe Records, is a well-known name in the Virgin Islands, gaining worldwide recognition with his first single, “Love and Affection”. Her album “Red Rose” reached the top 10 of the Billboard Top Reggae Albums in 2016 and the U.S. Department of Tourism adopted her song “Virgin Islands Nice” for her global marketing campaign, including the release of Pressure at the Wendy Williams Show.
When Natural Livity evacuated the main street building in front of the VI Council on the Arts in downtown Charlotte Amalie, Pressure was looking at the site for a retail and tobacco store just when cannabis and Medical marijuana became important in the Virgin Islands. However, he decided that the time was not right.
“The law wasn’t moving fast enough and I felt it would be a waste of time for the vision I had at the time. And I wasn’t really thinking about a juice bar; I was thinking about a retail store, a retail store. tobacco and having music and merchandise.I thought a lot of record stores were closing, so it was more emotional for me, just what I wanted to do, but it was probably not the best deal at the time, so I step back, “he said. “Last year, when I saw things moving forward with marijuana and the economy, all the inspiration came to life.”
Pression got the location she wanted, but she didn’t have a complete plan. He went to his cousin Barbara LeRonde, who had been working in the cannabis industry for a long time. They started gathering their ideas to open the family Pressure Spot.
“I wanted to bring it to life, it was as easy as that and we started working on it,” Pressure said.
LeRonde has a very varied career. He has training in agriculture, art, nursing, sales and business management and administration. She was recently honored as a veteran by Governor Bryan. He ran his own school in Houston, Texas and has also taught at the VI Montessori School. During the confinement caused by the pandemic, she and two other women ran a home school program in Bordeaux for the first year. He also worked in the cannabis industry in California and Jamaica, learning about the whole process “from seed to sale.” She owns a company called Ting Support, which organizes 420 events each year.
LaRonde and four colleagues were the first to approach Senator Positive Nelson to write cannabis laws. Since then, LaRonde has had its own radio show for more than a year, educating the public about cannabis.
“I have been the educator of the community, from the legislation to the government, various officials and members of the community, in terms of education about the plant and its multiple uses and, most importantly for me, medicine and industry. The radio program became very important in terms of how we view it. Education is what it takes, ”he said.
The bright, airy Pressure Spot has two main areas. One includes seasonal local juices and has a completely vegan menu of salads, wraps, vegan burgers, soups, breakfast bowls and desserts. They have an interior garden as well as a back space with more gardening, a place for guests to sit and relax. What they don’t grow in the garden, they buy from the local farmers.
The other half of The Pressure Spot is all about cannabis. Customers can purchase accessories such as pipes, bongs, lighters, papers, wrappers and cones, as well as a full line of digestibles and other medicines. They offer Delta 8 full spectrum products as well as CBD products.
LeRonde has partnered with a company called Curts Concentrates, which offers jelly beans, darts, food topics, energy injections and oral sprays and more. Pressure Spot also carries its balms, tinctures and oils to relieve pain. Pain balm can be found in island doctor’s offices, physical therapy offices, chiropractors, and pharmacies.
The pressure point is in its smooth opening phase. Look for an official opening before the end of the month. Business hours are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.