Co-founded by Dr. Lisa Gardner and Trey Phillips, Thrive Apothecary is dedicated to helping people seek a healthy and holistic lifestyle. Each product on the shelves at Thrive has gone through rigorous vetting, testing and selection process in order to meet Dr. Gardner’s standards and be labeled Doctor Approved CBD.
Thrive offers a unique twist on the typical CBD store and truly offers something different. Located in the heart of The Foundry District, the size and scope of their product offering is unmatched and, when combined with their vetting process, makes them a retailer you can truly trust.
When you enter Thrive Apothecary, you’re greeted by welcoming and passionate staff members that are happy to answer any questions and make everyone feel comfortable while shopping. Just as apothecaries have always focused on providing expertise in addition to products, Thrive’s founders and staff have the knowledge to help you find the best products to meet your needs.
Just across the street, Fusion Medical Aesthetics is dedicated to helping their patients feel like the best versions of themselves. Each service offered at Fusion, from Botox to hormone therapy, is performed by Dr. Gardner and her passionate staff who make it a priority to keep their patients informed and comfortable at all times.
Fusion offers both surgical and nonsurgical options, on top of maintaining a curated in-practice retail section. At both Thrive & Fusion, the customer is the priority and customer service is key. Helping everyone to feel and look great is at the heart of everything they do!
Step inside Thrive and Fusion learn about why Dr. Gardner and Trey Phillips are passionate about what they do.
“Trey and I founded Thrive Apothecary in 2018, where every product goes through a rigorous vetting, testing and selection process in order to be qualified as Doctor Approved CBD and be offered to our customers. We saw thousands of people pouring in. We found ourselves thrust into the spotlight as we became leading CBD advocates in the City, region, and the State of Texas”Dr. Lisa Gardner, Thrive Apothecary
It’s no easy feat owning two businesses! How do you juggle everything? What’s been the hardest part, and the most rewarding part?
Having multiple businesses is exciting and rewarding, but it can be crazy at times too! It definitely takes teamwork not only between Trey and I, but with our entire team of employees. I love to create new ideas and ways of doing things, but I rely on Trey to use his talents in building the operational side of our businesses. Combining both of our talents, along with our amazing employees, employees who believe in our mission, is the winning formula for us. We credit our employees with all of our successes, from winning store of the year three years in a row with Thrive Apothecary to winning Top Doc for more than a decade with my medical practice. Trey and I have dedicated our adult lives to serving this wonderful community, and no matter how hectic it gets, we love helping people.
At this moment, what is your favorite product on the shelves of Thrive? And your favorite service at Fusion?
We have so many amazing products and services in our portfolio that is hard to decide on just one. My favorite service at Fusion has to be my specialty of optimized aging with bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. This procedure is a necessity for both men and women as we age. Hormones are not just about muscle mass or libido. The research is overwhelming that shows that bio-identical hormones (not synthetic injections or creams) can prevent cancer, improve bone density, prevent cognitive decline like dementia and Alzheimer’s, and much, much more. As an expert in this field, having performed this procedure more than 20,000 times, I can expertly manage your symptoms with a personalized approach to make you feel and look your best.
My favorite products at Thrive Apothecary would be my own line of proprietary CBD products called WelCel by Dr. Lisa Gardner. WelCel is the best investment for your health with a suite of CBD products that are trusted, reliable, and double lab tested by a third party. As they should be, my CBD products are non-GMO, vegan, and mold-free, pesticide-free, and free from heavy metals. Years in the making, my unique formulation maximizes the benefits of three key ingredients that work with my CBD oil to balance the needs of your body- Turmeric, Ginger, and Peppermint. Our goal is to bring this community the finest cannabis products available on the market today.
How has the art within Foundry inspired you?
What Trey and I love the most about the art in the Foundry District is that it has become a destination location not only our patients and customers, but for the entire community. We love to see people of all ages spending time outside in the sunshine as they explore each mural and piece of artwork. After what happened with the pandemic, it is so refreshing to see everyone out and about and enjoying their own community and the artwork that the Foundry District provides.
You each had very different backgrounds before starting Fusion and Thrive. What led you to leave behind your previous jobs and dive into owning not one, but two businesses? How have you integrated your past experiences into Thrive and Fusion?
I’m a board-certified & surgically trained physician who has been in practice for nearly 20 years. I worked in corporate health care for many years, and I grew extremely dissatisfied with the increased one size fits all approach to health care and the over-emphasis on prescription drugs. I made the decision over a decade ago to walk away from corporate health care and open Fusion. I vowed to have a different and individualized approach to wellness medicine and anti-aging.
Before retiring after 20 years of service, Trey served at the highest levels of the Fort Worth Police Department’s Tactical Operations Division, including as a Team Leader in SWAT, where he engaged in over a thousand tactical operations, including high-risk search warrants, hostage situations, and armed barricaded criminals.
How in the world did people with these backgrounds wind up leading the cannabis industry in Fort Worth? Sometimes we still ask ourselves the same question! In 2017, I began looking for alternatives to pharmaceuticals for my patients dealing with chronic pain, sleep issues, anxiety, pet issues, and much more. I discovered cannabis and CBD. I honestly felt betrayed by my profession in that there were decades of peer reviewed research on the benefits of cannabis and CBD, but not once in my career had I ever been taught about it. That started our journey to learn about this amazing plant and all the therapeutic benefits it can offer to people. Trey and I founded Thrive Apothecary in 2018, where every product goes through a rigorous vetting, testing and selection process in order to be qualified as Doctor Approved CBD and be offered to our customers. We saw thousands of people pouring in. We found ourselves thrust into the spotlight as we became leading CBD advocates in the City, region, and the State of Texas. Trey also spends significant time at the State Capitol, lobbying for both hemp legislation and cannabis reform.
What do you feel is the most important benefit of integrating CBD into a person’s life?
CBD has gained popularity in recent years and is the focus of many scientific and medical experiments. The therapeutic properties of CBD are being tested and confirmed by scientists and doctors around the world. Scientists are studying the effects of CBD on the body’s own Endocannabinoid System (ECS), a collection of cell receptors and corresponding molecules in the human body, responsible for regulating and maintaining many key physiological functions. Maintaining a balanced ECS helps humans experience homeostasis or, balance, in simpler terms.
Under the assault of stress, anxiety, inflammation, immunity, pain, mood, or illness, your body’s own Endocannabinoid System (ECS) may not produce enough endocannabinoids to fulfill your body’s requirement. Your ECS can then become unbalanced and deficient. Just like a daily vitamin can provide a boost for the body’s lack of a specific vitamin, scientists believe that hemp-derived CBD can provide a natural supplement to the deficiencies in the body’s Endocannabinoid System.
Scientists have learned that your receptors will also recognize and respond to cannabinoids from external sources, like hemp-derived CBD. By stimulating the Endocannabinoid System, CBD promotes homeostasis, reduces pain sensation, and decreases inflammation.
How have you seen the services offered at Fusion change a person’s life or lifestyle?
We have thousands of positive reviews from both my Fusion patients and Thrive customers about how their lives have changed since they walked in our door. Doing what we do is not easy. Sometimes it’s a sacrifice. However, seeing how many people’s lives have been improved or even saved by our services is why we continue to strive for innovation. Trey and I wholeheartedly believe that a person’s wellness is holistically intertwined with their mental, emotional, and relational well-being.
A recent patient review sums it up nicely: “The best there is! Kind, honest, trustworthy, compassionate, and the highest level of knowledge and expertise you’ll find in the business. Dr. Gardner goes out of her way to listen, empathize, educate, and provide priceless advice for the betterment of her patients. I feel so blessed to know Dr. Lisa Gardner and her Fusion team.”
What led you to put down your maple roots here in Foundry?
After three years of searching for a perfect location, we decided to put roots down in The Foundry District. The space initially was a blank canvas for us to create whatever we envisioned. We also love being part of an up-and-coming area with many small businesses and an art focus.
What has been your favorite part of the Thrive and Fusion journey?
Our favorite part of this journey has been that Trey and I now get to spend every day together. We both left very lonely careers in our past lives, me with corporate medicine delivering babies at all hours of the night and Trey responding to tactical emergencies at all hours across the City. Now we get to be together all the time. Yes, sometimes that present its own challenges, but we would never go back to the old way of living!
Tell us about your monthly subscription program at Thrive.
Our customers are loving the ability to have a subscription for their favorite products at Thrive Apothecary. Our subscription program allows a customer to select their favorite products and select the frequency that they are delivered to their door so they never run out. Our subscription customers save 10% on their orders and always get FREE shipping! The customer is in complete control of their subscription, and they can swap products, change delivery dates or frequency, skip a delivery, or even cancel their subscription, all from their own account.
Another exciting development at Thrive Apothecary is our new Champion affiliate program. The Thrive Champion program is our own affiliate program where customers can register for free, share their personalized shopping link with friends and family, and then receive cash commissions every month when purchases are made. Again, there’s no fee to register and no monthly fees to participate. Just work from home and we will pay you money for anyone who purchases through your personal shopping link. We believe that if you love our products and share them with people you care about that you should be paid for it! More information is available on the Thrive Apothecary website.
WelCel CBD is Dr. Gardner’s very own proprietary Physician Formulated CBD Oil. What sparked the idea to create your own CBD products?
WelCel by Dr. Lisa Gardner was born out of necessity for innovation. With our experience with vetting hundreds of different manufacturers in the CBD market with Thrive Apothecary, we found some very disturbing trends. Companies were simply just white labeling somebody else’s products by slapping their own label on it. There was no transparency of where that hemp plant came from, how was it extracted, and how was it manufactured. Worse yet, we found a large percentage of products on the market were filled with heavy metals, pesticides, molds, microbials, and more. Here was this amazing plant and it was being ruined by people trying to make a quick buck. We knew we had to do something about it. Trey and I, along with our team of chemists and experts in growing, harvesting, extraction, and manufacturing, worked relentlessly to create a 100% physician formulated, premium line of CBD rich, hemp products that people could completely trust for its purity and efficacy — a line that I would be proud and confident to carry my name on it and revolutionize the hemp and CBD industry: WelCel by Dr. Lisa Gardner. Years in the making, our unique formulation maximizes the benefits of three key ingredients that work with our CBD oil to balance the needs of your body. These key ingredients are Turmeric, Ginger, and Peppermint, which create what we like to call the “Enhanced Entourage Effect.” Our products are double lab tested on every single batch, with a QR code on each bottle that links to that specific product’s third-party lab results, to ensure that you know you are getting the highest quality and cleanest product on the market for your health. We are proud to have WelCel products sold across the Country as well as on the shelves of doctor’s offices, chiropractor’s offices, retail stores, and more. You can even add WelCel CBD oil to your favorite beverage at the Foundry’s own Trinity Coffee House.
Where you put down roots is critical to a business, and you’ve chosen to call Foundry home for both Fusion and Thrive. What led you to Foundry and what is your favorite part about being in the district?
Trey and I are all about vision and innovation, and our business locations have to match that. We left the very tired and dull feeling of your traditional medical plazas. We wanted Fusion, and then Thrive Apothecary, to be destination locations in their own rights. We saw the Foundry District when it was at the very beginning of its revitalization. We saw the vision for what it would be become, and we knew it matched our own!