Tom Mabe is a man of many talents. The Kentucky native, and Jeffersontown enthusiast, is a jingle writer, comedian, husband, landlord and dog lover. He’s also a man with Tourette’s and ADHD, and an advocate for his son with disabilities.
In typical “Mabe fashion,” many of those facets combined when in August, he purchased a building in mid-2022 just off Gaslight Square in Jeffersontown. The building at 10117 Taylorsville Road had been vacant for years, so when Mabe swooped in to purchase the building, it stirred up some attention.
“In my line of work, there’s two words: show business. And most forget that business part,” Mabe told the Couirer Journal. “I knew that … if you bought properties that are good, real estate was always going to work out.”
Mabe, who signed a lease with his future tenant on New Year’s Eve, said the building should be completely renovated and is expected to open in April as a One Love Hemp Dispensary. The Louisville-based hemp and wellness-focused chain mostly sells CBD, legal products containing hemp-derived Delta 9 THC, and Delta 8 THC products.
Mabe said the hemp dispensary will be one of the “first in line” for a license if the sale of medical marijuana becomes legal in Kentucky.
In November, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear signed an executive order to legalize the possession and use of medical marijuana by patients with a qualifying condition such as chronic pain or cancer. The executive order went into effect on Jan. 1.