A Hackensack couple have opened Marimba Café on Banta Place specializing in CBD products, including hemp drinks or “cannacocktails” and CBD infused pastries.
Michelle Cuellar, 31, and her husband Eric Rosas, 40, who recently married and are expecting a baby soon, said they were inspired to open the café to share their cultures — she is of Colombian descent, and he is originally from Puerto Rico — and create a relaxing space for the community.
“We definitely have a lot going on, but it’s been a really fun journey,” said Cuellar, a city native who graduated from Hackensack High School in 2010. “Were just excited to finally have our doors open.”
The 1,300-square-foot space can seat about 30 people and offers free Wi-Fi and outlets.
Cuellar, a freelance graphic designer, is behind much of the look and style of the café. The floor is made of pieced-together broken stone and the walls are decorated with a mural painted by a local artist and artwork brought home from the couple’s last trip to Colombia.
“As soon as you walk in, you feel like you’re not in New Jersey, but in the Caribbean or Colombia,” she said. “There are a lot of elements that tie into both of our cultures.”
Eventually, they plan to hold events like an open mic night or a “paint and sip” with CBD infused drinks.
Staple menu items include a Colombian waffle bono topped with dulce de leche and fresh mixed fruit and a Puerto Rican coquito latte that can be served hot or iced.