BUD AND BLOOM: Redefining Retail Cannabis

The Place

Located in Orange County’s capital city of cannabis, Bud and Bloom has brought a new level of sophistication to Santa Ana. The shop opened on Black Friday of 2016, and has quickly created a serious buzz in the community. The shop itself radiates with pure taste, from the naturally distressed wide-plank oak floors to custom craftsmanship, giving the collective an upscale and welcoming presence. The natural light is what truly stands out here; they believe their clients shouldn’t have to feel like they’re in a dungeon to get what they need, and truly champion the feeling of warmth and openness. The living room design throughout the shop creates an atmosphere matched by no other dispensary in Orange County.

The Product

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STAY GOLD WITH GANJA GODDESS: Taking Cannabis to a New High

The History

When Ganja Goddess (GG) first opened its doors in November of 2014, the cannabis industry was drastically different than it is today. Since then, GG has established itself as one of the leaders in the recreational market, in terms of products sales and customer service, boasting several accolades from across the industry. “Ganja Goddess was brought into the world to be a welcoming place for all people to purchase cannabis, especially women,” says Ananda, store manager since the store’s conception. As one of the first recreational stores to open in Seattle, GG has spent the last few years proving their dedication and commitment.

The People

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FLOWER POWER: Spreading Peace, Love, and Flowers

 

Your Neighborhood Market

Located just two blocks from the Montgomery BART Station in downtown San Francisco, Flower Power has staked its claim as the neighborhood go-to spot in the Financial District. You’re welcomed into a tall, open main room, flanked with a wall of mirrors and an array of brightly lit, easily navigable displays. Their early hours cater to the commuter crowd—before the workday, during lunch and the after-work rush. If you don’t need a consultation you can always place an online order for pick up in-store via their POS system, powered by Meadow SF.

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CANNABIS TREE

The Place

Having a massive parking lot in the Hillyard area of Spokane is great asset alone; add a massive building full of cannabis stores, and you have a winning combo. Housing two recreation shops under one roof, Cannabis Tree, aka The Weed Mall, immediately caught my eye. Once inside the first of their two shops, Discount Bud,  the amazingly “overbuilt” polished steel front countertop, as well as the room’s “straight to the point” aesthetics, provided a striking first impression. My ears perked up at the sound of some relaxing tunes, similar to Odesza and other PBR&B bands. With spacious display cases and convenient behind-the-counter placement, the helpful budtenders can easily grab your selections.

The Business

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WEST COAST HERBS

When Chris Isoji White, owner of West Coast Herbs, was eighteen he had already been growing and selling marijuana for years. From Tri-Cities, Washington, he was that guy in high school who somehow always had the most flavorful, crystal-laden Blueberry bud that looked like it belonged on the pages of a magazine. One day, while Chris was riding his motorcycle, a city bus came around the corner and hit him head-on. He broke his neck and spine, and was paralyzed from the waist down.

“That was like being reborn,” Chris says. “That was waking up and having to start completely over.” Chris turned to cannabis more than ever. What had been a fun-loving pastime became his life’s passion. “After I got hit by that bus, I rediscovered cannabis. It was the one thing that helped me get through, and gave me a new way to start my life.”

Being in a wheelchair, he delved into the science of breeding and veganic (plant-based) gardening, rather than focus on physically demanding, high-yield production. He spent years curating and developing unique strains, working from old school genetics and developing his own all-natural fertilizers and pest control sprays.

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GROWING IVY: Sovereign Rebrands Its Jantzen Beach Shop

Ivy, full of natural light and friendly folks, aims to be the premiere head stash shop in North Portland. It’s a unique spot—standing in the center of the dispensary, you can look out over the clone room and onto roofs of houseboats bobbing on the water. We caught the shop in the middle of a rebranding (they were previously called Sovereign) and they are taking it seriously; murals are going up that lead from room to room, fresh new fixtures, even upgraded clothing choices up front. There’s enough room in the shop to devote a full case to concentrates, and still have room for a curated case of heady glass. Speaking of space, they’re currently building an entire room adjacent to their flower room in collaboration with well-known Oregon brand, DropScience™.

One of the most comfortable shops we’ve visited, with its airy layout, knowledgeable staff and plenty of room for waiting or browsing. The budtenders we spoke with were quick to point out the farms that produced the product. No canned answers, just genuine love for the products and producers. Owner Matthew Schwimmer spoke on being the information relay between producers and customers. Nothing gets lost in translation between production and final sale.

You have to give Ivy props for walking the line between sourcing quality product and offering affordable prices. The driving force at this shop is treating customers well and building relationships in a friendly, laid back atmosphere. Ivy wants to cultivate a strong neighborhood presence, and their layout and product selection is head and shoulders above most nearby shops. If you’re in the area, or looking for a change of pace, stop on by and check out the new look!

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THE GREEN LIGHT DISTRICT: Southbay’s Only Pre-ICO Canna-Boutique

The Place

The Green Light District is a bold, two-story dispensary on the corner of a busy intersection. The words GLD blaze proudly on the store exterior, and they offer abundant parking in the adjacent lot. Patients are greeted by armed security, who ask patrons to show ID before entering. As a pre-ICO collective looking to license in 2018, GLD keeps the verification process very tight.

“Adorned with crystal chandeliers, an entire wall of artwork and a hot pink spiral staircase, the ambiance is sexy, almost club-like.”

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PAPER & LEAF: Bainbridge Boutique Hits All the Right Notes

The People

Bainbridge Island cannabis boutique Paper & Leaf is owned by friends Steve Kessler and Brendan Hill. Steve comes from the medical side of marijuana and can talk terpenes and cannabinoids all day, while Brendan—drummer of the iconic jam band Blues Traveler—has used cannabis as a way to explore music and creativity. These two have been a great team from the beginning, each falling into their own rhythms. Steve had the design vision, and Brendan had the carpentry skills. Much of what you see in the store is their own handiwork.

The Place

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HIGH WEST CANNABIS: A Sophisticated Wild West Vibe

Place

Nestled conveniently off the highway in the Northeast suburbs of Denver, High West Cannabis is a bright and welcoming recreational dispensary with a modern cowboy aesthetic—a true ode to the Rocky Mountain lifestyle. The shop is connected to a recently renovated, 12,000 square foot warehouse, transformed into a brand new cultivation space for the company. This is a great location to visit on your way into town from the airport, and the ideal dispensary to bring an out of town friend or family member. Once you make the trip, you’ll remember they’re there forever.

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BASA COLLECTIVE: Heart of the City

The Place

BASA prides itself on being a workingman or workingwoman’s dispensary. Nowadays, John Lennon might say “a workingman’s dispensary is something to be.” Indeed, it is an oasis in the heart of San Francisco. BASA staff recommends Kushy Punch gummies to their patients because they are easy to divide into friendly dosages, and cost efficient. The shop is located off of hip Divisadero Street which boasts neighboring eclectic restaurants and exciting music venues. BASA is home to a unique herb product hot on the marketplace: Prophet.

The History

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