Name: The Gallery – Puyallup
Address: 11821 Canyon Rd E Puyallup
Interviewed: Lauren Sweet, General Manager and Buyer
Top-Selling Strain: Pineapple Super Silver Haze by Top Shelf
Top-Selling Concentrate: Pink Lemonaid BHO by Rochester Farms
Top-Selling Edible: Juicy 100mg Pack by Gaga Edibles
How and when did your retail store start up?
The Gallery Puyallup is our third location in Pierce County and we opened on March 16, 2017. We have two existing locations in Parkland and Spanaway with our fourth location coming in August 2017 in Fife.
What’s the story behind the name of your retail store?
The Gallery was created with a specific concept in mind. We are an art gallery that happens to sell marijuana. We wanted to offer our customers an upscale, pleasant and beautiful retail experience that you don’t necessarily find everywhere else. Enjoy perusing one-of-a-kind art pieces while you purchase a quality marijuana product from a professional and knowledgeable staff.
What does your retail store offer customers that they can’t find anywhere else?
A large variety of products and price points to choose from as well as budtenders who go above and beyond to ensure an exceptional experience for our loyal customers. Everyone deserves to be treated like a priority!
How has the cannabis industry in Washington changed since you have been in the business? Where would you like to see it go?
This list is endless. Since I have been in the industry, we have seen new, incredible products hit the market, and the industry has shifted from being so THC conscious to understanding the importance of the terpenes a product contains. It’s great!
What are the biggest challenges you face in this industry as a retail store? . . . Biggest joys?
The biggest challenge we face as a retail store in this industry would have to be the difference in the way we are treated as a cannabis retail store in comparison to a retail store in any other industry. Our biggest joys would have to be being part of such an exciting and new industry, as well as having the ability to offer this in-demand product to our large customer base.
If someone wanted to open a retail store and get their feet wet in the industry, what advice or counsel would you give them?
Location is key, and be sure to hire staff that reflects your values as an establishment as well as a genuine excitement for the industry.
What is the most important thing you hope to accomplish while in the cannabis community?
We want to change the stigma attached to marijuana. Marijuana users don’t fit into a specific mold; you can be a hard working, intelligent, and successful member of society and still be a marijuana user. The two are not mutually exclusive. It is 2017, so let’s grow and change with the times and as we gain more education on marijuana, rather than hold on to traditional ideals that lack legitimacy.