High-end gift items alongside earth-grown goodies.
These days, the buzziest openings aren’t for fashion, but for highly-curated cannabis.
Two new must sees? Celeb-loved dispensary chain MedMen just opened a new Abbot Kinney Boulevard location (Rosario Dawson attended the ribbon-cutting), and luxe cannabis lifestyle purveyor Higher Standards has popped up at L.A. dispensary The Pottery.
“They have a really high level of style and taste that destigmatizes cannabis,” says The Pottery’s managing partner Nick Danias of Higher Standards, which has a permanent flagship store at New York’s Chelsea Market.
The curated selection of products that aren’t edible or smokeable helps alleviate the sterility of the typical dispensary environment, since California law dictates that all cannabis-containing products must be displayed under glass. “People like to pet the puppy, and by having that retail merchandise laid out on open tables it lets them do just that,” says Danias.
Shoppers can browse the Pottery’s unique strains alongside Higher Standard’s Malin + Goetz candles ($66) and Jonathan Adler tiger valet ashtrays ($68). Other gift-worthy home items include Forestrywool blankets, made in the Netherlands of New Zealand lambs wool.
“When designing this space I had the intention of reinventing a person’s typical retail dispensary experience,” says Danias, adding that he didn’t necessarily want people to know that they were in a pot shop, but rather that they were in a cool space where they could shop cannabis and non-cannabis items, relax, enjoy a cup of cold brew or hang out with friends in a comfortable seating area. “There is no sense of urgency to enter, buy and exit quickly, you know?”
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Published: June 18, 2018
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