Cannabis & Media
Sublime Canna is a cannabis manufacturing company based in Oakland. They produce a variety of branded products, including award-winning vape cartridges and pre-rolls, as well as unique edibles like cannabis-infused ice pops and low-dose mints. They also produce select private label products. Sublime believes in the positive role cannabis can play in enhancing people’s lives, and its mission is to provide consumers with the most pleasurable, effective, and reliable products on the market.
Plant Magic produces a line of juices and elixirs that represent the fusion of cold-pressed juices and hemp-derived CBD. With a variety of flavors bursting with wholesome nutrients from organic ingredients, Plant Magic offers consumers an intriguing way to integrate 20-40 mg of CBD (per bottle) into their lifestyles. Plant Magic is a collaboration between Can Can Cleanse founder Teresa Piro, innovation/R&D/operations expert Eric-James Truelove, and the team at Big Rock.
Juna is a cannabis and hemp collection of tinctures crafted in California with a farm-to-table philosophy to optimize pleasure — physically, spiritually, and gastronomically. Inspired by the art and science of fine winemaking, they source single-origin cannabis flowers and meticulously extract their full spectrum of beneficial nutrients and flavors.
SAVA is an online cannabis marketplace and community founded by CEO Andrea Brooks while using cannabis as a wellness regimen, after she suffered a disabling injury that led doctors to tell her she would never work again. From farm to final product, each item in SAVA’s marketplace meets their high standards. Everything is lab tested for microbial content, mold, and pesticides, and is labeled with accurate potency and cannabinoid levels. So whether you’re just starting to explore the power of the plant or are a seasoned expert, you’ll find the transparency and quality you’re looking for in a cannabis delivery service.
Founded in 2014, PharmaCann is the largest vertically-integrated and unified medical cannabis company operating in highly regulated states. With over 160 professionals, 8 dispensaries and 3 cultivation sites, they are focused on growth and pursuing emerging market opportunities everyday, including new states and licenses.
The Apothecarry Case
Apothecarry Indo-Lifestyle brand designs and sells high quality, high end herb & tobacco accouterments for the discriminating connoisseur. Their goal is to provide products and systems that help make imbibing easier, safer and more reliable than ever before, which allows our customer to get the best smoking experience possible. The Apothecarry case is the natural next step in the evolution of imbibing. A high end luxury case made to keep plant at its freshest and most optimum conditions, whether you medicate daily, socially, or only on special occasions. It also guarantees that your buds are safe, secure, organized, easy to find, and most important, surrounded by top quality tools meant to bring out their best. The result is an upscale smoking experience that the indo-lifestyle is all about — Not settling for anything less than the best.
Garden Society is a medical cannabis company focused on confections that merge insatiable flavors, responsibly sourced ingredients and high-quality cannabis. Its products are chefinspired, artisan low-dose cannabis confections, created exclusively from locally grown organic ingredients.
CannaCraft is a community-oriented brand that provides medical cannabis products manufactured in Sonoma County. They are a vertically integrated company, ensuring that the plant and the product are handled with the utmost care, every step of the process. CannaCraft’s products meet the highest industry standards for cultivation, extraction, product formulation, and packaging to ensure patient safety and well-being. The company’s mission is to make clean, consistent, lab-tested medicine available throughout all of California. The product portfolio includes a variety of products and formulations, including smokeless vape cartridges, extracts, concentrates, edibles, sprays, tinctures, soft gel caps and more. This portfolio includes brands like AbsoluteXtracts, Care By Design, Lagunitas HiFi Hops, and Satori.
High Times is the definitive resource for all things cannabis. From cultivation and legalization, to entertainment and culture, to hard-hitting news exposing the War on Drugs, High Times has been the preeminent source for cannabis information since 1974.
Constance Therapeutics produces whole plant cannabis extracts as part of an integrative approach to treatment, providing physicians and their patients with expanded options in cases where only pharmaceuticals may have been prescribed in the past. Constance Therapeutics’ tightly controlled, quantitatively-defined and patent-pending extraction method, which only uses pharmaceutical grade, certified-organic ethanol, is based on scientific and engineering principles. Big Rock made investments in Constance Therapeutics 2016-2017.
SPARC is one of San Francisco’s pioneer cannabis brands, dating back to 1998 when CA Proposition 215 passed, making medicinal cannabis available to patients with a doctor’s recommendation. The first SPARC retail facility opened in 2010 in the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco. Two commercial-scale cultivation facilities in SF followed, as well as four more dispensaries and a Biodynamic farm in Sonoma County’s lush wine country.
Exhale is a vertically-integrated dispensary brand in Las Vegas, NV offering an extensive selection of premium flower, concentrates, edibles, and accessories. Exhale prides itself on offering a comfortable and professional atmosphere, helping customers find the right medicine for their specific needs. Big Rock provided Exhale with a variety of strategic services including investment, operations consulting, and marketing/communications support before exiting at the end 2017.
Oov is a media company and lifestyle brand at the intersection of cannabis and health & wellness. The community Oov has created empowers, educates & entertains those curious about plant medicine via digital media, print media & events.
Proposition Cocktail Co.
Proposition is a unique player in the cannabinoid-infused beverages category, crafting a line of ready-to-serve non-alcoholic, adaptogenic cocktails. It currently makes two cocktails containing 15mg of CBD extracted from hemp: Turmeric Ginger Mule and Smokey Margarita, with a Bitter Aperitif SKU launching later in 2019. Proposition’s products are all-natural, and made from ethically-sourced botanicals, fruits, and herbs found in modern craft cocktails.
Hospitality & Media
Expert Powered Media You Can Trust: ChefsFeed publishes expert-powered media you can trust with the attitude and authenticity you crave. They work with thousands of the best food & beverage professionals to bring you exclusive videos and stories, and provide a new way to discover where to eat and drink based on their expert recommendations. Download their apps, visit our website, follow us on social media, or watch us on our OTT channels. Big Rock has been with ChefsFeed since its inception as part of the founding members. Big Rock and ChefsFeed share our office building in Hayes Valley.
Tacolicious is a Big Rock favorite for both the people who make the San Francisco Mexican concept successful as well as a spot for lunch, happy hour, or anytime really. Launched in 2009 as a stand at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, Tacolicious now operates in five Bay Area locations in addition to a spin-off in San Miguel de Allende, MX called Taco Lab; mezcal bar Mosto; and cantina Bar San Pancho. In May 2018, the Tacolicious School Project hit a wonderful milestone of raising $1,000,000 for local San Francisco schools since its inception in 2012. Big Rock has been an investor in the Tacolicious group since 2009.
Inspired by the taverns of the ancient Roman neighborhood it was named for, Aventine is also built from San Francisco history – literally. Part of the building’s foundation is the original 19th-century seawall, which marks the very edge of the city of San Francisco during the infamous days of the Barbary Coast. Aventine offers twists on classic San Francisco cocktails like the Pisco Brut Punch, as well as a fabulous selection of fine whiskeys.
Uma Casa is a new Portuguese restaurant located in San Francisco’s Noe Valley neighborhood. Uma Casa features a Portuguese-focused wine list, creative fortified wine cocktails, and a delectable raw bar. Chef Antelmo Faria came into the Big Rock family as the executive chef for the Tacolicous restaurant group and expanded into is own endeavor, Uma Casa, in early 2017.
Since opening its doors in 2007 in the beautiful Laurel Heights neighborhood, Spruce has been a coveted institution in the San Francisco restaurant scene. Honors include one highly coveted Michelin star 2011-2015, three and half stars from the San Francisco Chronicle, in addition to numerous years of recognition from Wine Spectator for their wine list. About 80 percent of the produce on the menu comes from SMIP Ranch, a private five-acre farm located in the hills above Woodside that grows vegetables, herbs, and other specialty crops exclusively for Bacchus Management Group’s family of restaurants. Bacchus Management Group’s properties also include The Villiage Pub and The Villiage Bakery in Woodside and The Saratoga in San Francisco. Big Rock invested in Spruce in 2007.
Located in the heart of San Francisco’s historic North Beach neighborhood, Park Tavern is Big Night Restaurant Group’s 3-star American tavern serving high-end bistro fare. The restaurant’s handsome décor features an eclectic mix of vintage fixtures and furnishings, an open kitchen and an airy sidewalk café that overlooks picturesque Washington Square Park. Park Tavern, which has been nominated for the James Beard Foundation’s Best New Restaurant award and enjoyed long-standing inclusion on San Francisco Chronicle’s Top 100 list since opening in 2011, is owned by restaurateurs Anna Weinberg and Chef Jennifer Puccio, who also operate Marlowe, Petit Marlowe, The Cavalier, and Leo’s Oyster Bar. Big Rock began its investment in Big Night restaurants in 2011 with Park Tavern and subsequently invested in Marlowe and The Cavalier.
Marlowe is a neighborhood bistro owned and operated by husband and wife team Anna Weinberg & James Nicholas, along with chef/partner Jennifer Puccio, since 2010. Weinberg, Nicholas and Chef Puccio followed up Marlowe with the San Francisco classic Park Tavern in North Beach in September 2011, the British inspired brasserie The Cavalier in August 2013, and seafood-focused Leo’s Oyster Bar in January 2016.
The Cavalier is a London inspired brasserie from Restaurateurs Anna Weinberg, James Nicholas and Chef Jennifer Puccio, owners and creators of the critically acclaimed San Francisco restaurants Marlowe and Park Tavern. The Cavalier joins its sister restaurants with both a three star rating from The San Francisco Chronicle, and a listing on the Chronicle’s famed “Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants” for 2014.
Lazy Bear encapsulates the unique San Francisco dining experience. Started as a pop up in 2009 by Chef-owner David Barzelay in an underground venue, the concept became a brick-and-mortar in the Mission in 2015. Rather than the standard restaurant reservation model, Lazy Bear operates more as a dinner party with two 11-course seatings for 40 guests each evening. Big Rock invested in the brick-and-mortar transition in 2015.
Nightbird opened in December of 2016 led by Chef-owner Kim Alter. An elegant boutique restaurant in the heart of San Francisco which embraces community, diversity, and delivers a hospitable and whimsical experience. Nightbird’s cocktail haven Linden Room is a chic and intimate neighborhood gathering place offering stylish and creative cocktails hidden down an alley next to the restaurant.
Souvla is a fast-fine Greek restaurant with locations in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley, NoPa and Mission neighborhoods, inspired by casual souvlaki joints found throughout Greece. The first Souvla opened its doors in April, 2014 in Hayes Valley, and its second in the NoPa neighborhood in June, 2016. The third San Francisco location opened in January, 2017 in San Francisco’s vibrant Mission District.
PlumpJack Group is a hospitality management company dedicated to creating unique individual experiences for its guests and customers. It began in 1992 when partner, former San Francisco mayor and current Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, founded the first PlumpJack Wine Store on Fillmore Street with the goal of making the experience of wine discovery more fun and approachable for all – the connoisseur and the uninitiated alike. More than two decades later, under the leadership of Hilary Newsom and Jeremy Scherer, PlumpJack Group has established itself as the signature Northern California lifestyle and hospitality brand.
A decadent salon tucked away behind The Cavalier, Marianne’s manifests edgy throwback glamour inspired by the one and only Marianne Faithfull. The intimate space offers vintage rock & roll vibes complete with low lighting, royal purple walls, and posh leather and zebra banquettes. Coupled with a sexy cocktail list, great music, and satisfying small plates from chef Jennifer Puccio, and Marianne’s is the perfect recipe for an unforgettable night out.
Che Fico is an Italian Taverna in San Francisco – a space to gather with friends and enjoy warm hospitality, food, and drink in the Nopa neighborhood. Che Fico is dubbed a taverna for both the approachable nature of the menu and the convivial ambiance of the space. Its food focuses on seasonal and local produce, meat, and fish. Che FIco’s driving vision is of cuisine in Northern California as if it is a region in Italy.
PRAIRIE is a modern Italian restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission District from award winning Chef Anthony Strong (and named after his midwest high school punk rock band). It features rustic Italian fare that fuses influences from Rome and Campania with a California sensibility and an expanded pantry. PRAIRIE also offers a full bar with original cocktails and twists on perennial classics like sparkling negronis and Toki whisky highballs on tap. The curated wine list is primarily Italian with additional selections from France and beyond.
CanCan is a wholesome line of juice and almond milk cleanses made from seasonal organic fruits & veggies, teas, nuts, herbs & spices. The company offers several cleanse programs, from a 1-Day option for those new to the concept, to the most popular 3-Day program, to a 10-Day Challenge for veteran cleansers. CanCan’s offerings change each season, incorporating celery root, sage, purple grapes and pears in the fall; warming spices in the winter; carrot and fennel in the spring; and lighter, peppier flavors in the summer, when the body craves coolness.
Alternative Media, Augmented Media, and Apparel
First Person Travel
First Person Travel develops and runs all-inclusive immersive narrative adventure trips throughout the Bay Area. The Headlands Gamble is FPT’s first production, an extraordinary weekend trip for 2-4 people with a thrilling storyline woven through it. Participants and their travel companion(s) are the detectives in an immersive mystery story set amidst some of the most beautiful locations in the North Bay. An interactive game dashboard digitally augments the experience, guiding players to make the most of their weekend and together lead the story to its climactic conclusion.
Marine Layer is a San Francisco-based premium casual apparel brand. Marine Layer designs and manufactures all of their own clothing, and every step of that process occurs here in California. Marine Layer sells through their website and retail stores in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, Chicago, Miami and New York (and expanding).
Hiro Clark is a menswear line for guys, rooted in classic t-shirts. Made from the highest quality 100% cotton (and researched to hell and back), Hiro Clark’s tees quickly become wardrobe favorites.
Pride Media operates the most established, most recognized, and most talked-about media brands serving the LGBTQ market. Its award-winning content is delivered within a dynamic portfolio of media properties that are rich in history, culture, news, entertainment, fashion, and photography. Together, these properties capture the many facets of the LGBTQ experience and reach millions of readers and viewers every month. Across all platforms—print, video, online, social media, events and mobile—Pride Media reaches consumers wherever they are and however they want.
Enklu is an immersive augmented reality platform for a new form of physically-integrated art and entertainment which can be experienced anywhere in the world. This platform allows users to communicate, collaborate, and move comfortably within any physical environment. Enklu was founded in 2016 by games industry and immersive development pioneers with a mission to empower creators to enhance our interaction with inclusive technology.
Reflective Design is focused on building transformative augmented reality applications for mental health, brain training, awareness expansion and meditation. Its team consists of medical doctors, psychologists, game designers and engineers with backgrounds in addiction medicine and therapeutic neuro-technologies. Reflective Design believes awareness and cognition can be trained and enhanced.