234 Divisions St., Olympia, 98502
1570 N National Ave., Chehalis, 98512
Interviewed: Jenna Rodriguez, Owner
Top-Selling Strain: Dutch Treat by Capital City Chronic and Willie’s Reserve pre-rolls
Top-Selling Concentrate: Anything by Dab Dudes or High Guys
Top-Selling Edible: Nasty Jack’s Malt Balls
How and when did your retail store start up?
My partners and I started up our retail shops just over a year ago. We were medical for few years prior, so when the law changed we quickly applied for our recreational license and thankfully made it in. We wanted to continue to help our medical patients, because we had built such amazing relationships with them. We are happy to say that through the whole recreational transition, many of them still shop with us today.
What does your retail store offer consumers that they can’t find anywhere else?
We are willing to take the time to get to know our customers so that we can best meet their needs. As far as product goes, we are very proud to carry Willie’s Reserve. This brand is in a limited amount of stores in the state, and we were grateful to be one of their “launch partners” when the brand first hit the market.
How has the cannabis industry changed since you have been in the business? Where would you like to see it go?
The cannabis industry has changed greatly in the last few years. It is great to see that stigmas about cannabis are being lifted, and the industry is now being seen more and more as a legitimate business.
What are the biggest challenges you face in this industry as a retail store? . . . Biggest joys?
To me, the biggest joy in my business is being lucky enough to be one of the pioneers in a brand-new industry. Washington is paving the way (along with other legal states) and creating a model for the rest of the country. With that being said, being a pioneer has it challenges.
What is the one thing you want consumers to know about your retail store?
If I could tell our customers one thing it would be that we truly care. This has truly been a labor of love, and we are happy to be a part of both the Olympia and Chehalis community. Right now, we are working on several charity events. We believe in peace and love and giving back.
If someone wanted to open a retail store and get their feet wet in the industry, what advice or counsel would you give them?
The advice I would give someone new in the industry is, do your homework research all rules and regulations thoroughly. There is a lot that goes into owning and operating a cannabis business.
What is the most important thing you hope to accomplish while in the cannabis community?
The one thing I try to do in the cannabis industry is to spread the word about this amazing plant. I have seen it first-hand help so many people. I want to continue breaking down barriers and hope that the rest of the nation jumps on board. Legalization is something that would be of great benefit to the whole country.