The Sweet Flower Story
We are a cannabis retail boutique with deep roots in Southern California.
Our mission? To set a new standard for modern cannabis retail that is inclusive, diverse and approachable by all.
We’re obsessive about the caliber of our cannabis. Our limited series, ocean grown flower blossoms just up the coast in Carpinteria, cultivated with scrupulous care and environmental sensibility. The other brands we’ve finely curated for our stores are equally quality conscious and environmentally sound.
Our shops embody a progressive and sophisticated cannabis culture. Consider our Sweet Florists your cannabis concierge, ready to guide you through our selection and answer any questions you may have along the way.
From hilly hikes to open mics, Southern California’s sense of adventure, creativity, connection, and pursuit of wellbeing inspires us. These are the spaces we inhabit. We’re proud to call this place home, and hope to foster a connection with our community.
Meet Our Team
Tim Dodd Chief Executive Officer
Tim guides Sweet Flower with significant experience in business operations in media and telecommunications, and a successful track record of investments in venture companies from seed to Series C stage, and acquisitions in the $100m to $600m range. Tim has strong operational experience in building and growing venture businesses from inception to $100m revenue range. Most recently, Tim was head of Corporate Development and Strategy at Technicolor, based in Los Angeles and Paris, and has led similar roles and functions at Warner Bros. and Time Warner. Tim actively gives back to the greater Los Angeles community, working with the LA Regional Food Bank, the LA City Mission, and City of Hope.
Terri Gilles Chief Operating Officer
Terri oversees budgeting, design, construction and operations of all Sweet Flower retail destinations. Terri has worked for several top industry leaders in the tech space, including Snapchat and Google. Throughout the last fifteen years, Terri has overseen the construction of over 5 million square feet of office spaces, restaurants, studios and high-end retail globally. In addition to overseeing construction projects, she was responsible for delivering best in class operations of workspace and client services throughout her portfolios.
Chris Bonbright Chief Operating Officer (Culver City)
Chris brings his operational expertise from the restaurant and real estate space to Sweet Flower. Bonbright is the Managing Partner of Love Serve Remember, which manages seven award-winning restaurants in Los Angeles, including Café Gratitude and Gracias Madre. Bonbright’s responsibilities include corporate governance, investor relations, real estate and strategic planning. Bonbright’s robust experience operating multiple restaurants in compliance with the highly regulated alcohol industry is invaluable for Sweet Flower.
Lauren Carpenter Chief Strategy Officer
Lauren creates corporate strategic initiatives across community, regulatory, political, reputational and business endeavors. She previously served as MedMen's Director of Government Affairs for Western States, where she oversaw government, public and community affairs. Before joining MedMen, Lauren spent nearly a decade in government and public affairs in Sacramento, working with trade associations and Fortune 500 companies on issue advocacy, legislative and ballot measure campaigns. She brings a strong background in political and community affairs as well as relationships with elected officials, regulators and community organizations.
Fawnia Cantu Director of Retail Operations
Fawnia oversees Sweet Flower’s retail experience, from in-store initiatives to robust ongoing staff education and training programs. Fawnia has worked for several top organizations in the retail space, including Equinox and Armani. Throughout the last fifteen years, Fawnia has overseen operations, maximized profitability and developed world-class talent in over 30 high-end retail stores on the West Coast. In addition to extensive management experience, Fawnia lends her passion for excellence to create Sweet Flower’s uniquely elevated customer experience.
Brett Vapnek Director of Cannabis Operations
Brett has significant expertise in the management of successful and compliant cannabis storefront retail dispensaries. Vapnek is currently President of Perennial Holistic Wellness Center in Studio City, CA. Since his inception at Perennial, Vapnek has increased revenue by 10x and has ensured continued ongoing operational and legal compliance at Perennial year over year. Vapnek is also active with the well-regarded Lowell brand of cannabis products and with the associated distribution operation, Hacienda. Vapnek brings a deep understanding of, and operational experience in, California’s complex and ever-evolving cannabis retail environment to Sweet Flower.
Michael Thomson Chairman
Mike was General Counsel of Lone Star Funds, a leading international private equity fund, and its management company, Hudson Advisors, for over 15 years. As a senior executive with broad legal and operational responsibility, Mike was integral to the buildout of the firms’ 1000-employee operations, spanning the northern hemisphere, and as a member of the Funds’ Investment Committee oversaw the acquisition of $200 billion of assets in more than 20 countries. Mike brings this deep multi-jurisdiction, multi-cultural experience, together with his governmental experience as a senior tax policy advisor in the Clinton Administration, to his role providing strategic oversight to Sweet Flower.