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Designer boutiques are the future of cannabis retail

Here are the glam shops coming to the city soon

Designer boutiques are the future of cannabis retail
Spiritleaf

The backstory: Spiritleaf, founded by Darren Bondar in 2017, has 26 locations across Alberta and Saskatchewan, with a view to opening 40 Ontario locations. The vibe: An eco-chic clubhouse for the cannabis community, with lots of bamboo furniture and customer lounges that play the Tragically Hip and other chill-friendly favourites. The Goods: Ethically sourced trucker hats, 100 per cent unbleached hemp rolling papers and Spiritleaf-branded rolling machines.

 


Designer boutiques are the future of cannabis retail
MedMen

The backstory: American entrepreneurs Adam Bierman and Andrew Modlin launched California’s first cannabis store in 2015. They’re planning to open a Toronto location as soon as possible, with their eyes on Queen West. The vibe: They’ve been called “the Apple Stores of weed,” with a sleek, wood-heavy design and an iPad-enabled ordering system. Some outposts even offer sparkling wine and valet service. The goods: It’s a cannabis candy store, with pot-laced chocolate bars, gummies and soda. They also sell vape pens for five moods, each with its own balance of THC and CBD.

 


Designer boutiques are the future of cannabis retail
Fire and Flower

The backstory: Trevor Fencott, a corporate lawyer who sold his previous venture, Mettrum Health, to Canopy for $430 million, started Fire and Flower in 2017. They’re opening a store on the Mink Mile, directly across from Holt Renfrew. The vibe: It looks more like a Club Monaco than a cannabis shop, with white walls, stonework and decorative plants. The goods: Leather pre-roll holders, electric grinders and organic lip balms.

 

 

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The New Gold Rush

Designer boutiques are the future of cannabis retail

Part 1: Pot-Luck Dinner The city is teeming with fancy, secret summer clubs serving THC-laced cuisine. We sent our restaurant critic to sample the goods

Designer boutiques are the future of cannabis retail

Part 2: The Pot Pilgrims These five newcomers packed up their lives and moved to Toronto—all for the chance to work in weed

Designer boutiques are the future of cannabis retail

Part 3: Hot Boxes Luxurious designer boutiques are the future of cannabis retail

Designer boutiques are the future of cannabis retail

Part 4: Professors of Pot It’s a stoner’s dream come true: you can finally major in marijuana

Designer boutiques are the future of cannabis retail

Part 5: Plant Managers The favourite strains of the horticulturally gifted growers at the city’s top cannabis companies

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Designer boutiques are the future of cannabis retail

Part 6: Baked Goods Wellness gurus are spiking their artisanal lotions and salves with a not-so-secret ingredient. We tested out some of the more intriguing products

Designer boutiques are the future of cannabis retail

Part 7: Buzz Food Cannabis cooking classes—for those who want to cause and cure the munchies in one fell swoop

Designer boutiques are the future of cannabis retail

Part 8: High Rollers We quizzed the city’s most powerful cannabis CEOs on their favourite strains, weed slang and what they eat when they get the munchies

Designer boutiques are the future of cannabis retail

Part 9: Joint Ventures Five of Toronto’s hottest burgeoning canna-companies

Designer boutiques are the future of cannabis retail

Part 10: Who You Gonna Call? The accountants, lawyers and ad agencies carving out a niche in the buzz biz

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