Weekend Unlimited Concept Store To Open In California

Retail Store Will Include Weekend Live Lounge & Event Space

NEW YORK: Weekend Unlimited Inc. announces that it has secured a retail location in Long Beach, California to launch the company’s first US concept store.

“It is essential to our growth plan that we establish multiple touch points for our offerings and one of those is at the retail level, where we can inform and learn from customers as they interact with our brands,” said Mr. Paul Chu, Weekend Unlimited President and CEO.

Highlights include:

  • 5000 ftspace will feature 2500 ftretail and 2500 ft2 of Weekend LIVE, lounge space
  • Retail focus on CBD and wellness products, featuring Weekend brands among others
  • Focus on the customer experience and customer feedback on products and brands
  • Community outreach and education seminars to take place in Weekend LIVE space
  • Weekend concept store to open 4/20, Weekend LIVE space to follow

“This space has been designed to provide customers with multiple product lines, featuring Weekend brands, and elevating the experience by having an upstairs Weekend LIVE space that will hold events, education seminars and serve as a lounge with a hemp smoothie bar, coffee and CBD edibles,” added Mr. Chu.

CanPay Expands Services To Include Cannabis Ecommerce

Debit Payment Solution Now Available in 120 Retail Locations Across 14 States

COLORADO: CanPay, a leading debit payment solution for the cannabis industry, has begun offering ecommerce payment solutions.  In addition to expanding payments online, CanPay has doubled the number of states it operates to 14, including: New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Michigan and New Mexico.

CanPay LogoWith the cannabis industry projected to exceed $24 billion by 2025 and over half of the U.S. population in support of legalization, it’s no surprise the marketplace is thriving. As the industry becomes further established, ecosystem partners are primed to play a key role in further legitimizing it, and leading the charge is ecommerce. An influential aspect of any retail business–nearly 80 percent of Americans have made an online purchase–cannabis will be no exception to the overwhelming convenience and profitability of the digital marketplace. As the original ecommerce–payment integration for cannabis customers, CanPay further solidifies itself as the universal payment tool for purchases wherever cannabis is legally sold, enabling online orders for in-store pickup and delivery.

“The Cole Memo being rescinded caused a lot of market uncertainty in the first part of 2018. Now that the dust has settled, we’re seeing more and more financial institutions come forward to serve the industry through compliant cannabis banking programs. We’re also seeing more retail operators demand transparent, stable, and legitimate payment services to operate above reproach,” said Dustin Eide, CEO of CanPay. “The rapid expansion of CanPay’s services to-date is a testament not only to overall industry growth, but the massive need we’re able to fulfill by de-cashing cannabis purchases.”

Historically, ecommerce has not been available to the cannabis industry partially due to the extreme transparency online payment systems require. CanPay’s solution opens the door and creates the opportunity for increased profitability for retailers through more effective online selling and higher spend per transaction. Simultaneously, the buying process becomes more convenient and safer for consumers.

“In forging a new cannabis culture built on unparalleled quality, access, and transparency, we’ve partnered with CanPay to provide customers with a legitimate, secure online payment option,” said Patricia Rosi-Santucci, CEO of Wellness Connection of Maine. “As trailblazers, integrating with CanPay allows us to forge the next wave of cannabis retail through an ecommerce experience that offers customers a greater incentive to go cashless from a convenience and speed standpoint.”

Diego Pellicer Announces New Premium Marijuana Branding And Retail Prototypes

WASHINGTON:  Diego Pellicer Worldwide, Inc. has announced a partnership with architect Michael Rotondi, FAIA, and creative Jill Savini to develop retail prototypes and innovative branding for future store locations.

“We’re staying ahead of the curve by developing industry changing scalable and inviting retail environments that will be built to enhance the customer experience, along with a brand that reflects the premium cannabis products sold by our licensed and branded retail tenants,” said Ron Throgmartin, chief executive officer, Diego Pellicer Worldwide, Inc. “By working with Rotondi and Savini, we’re bringing in retail design and branding experts that will set the bar for premium retail cannabis stores. Rotondi and Savini’s experience and progressive thinking will chart the course for Diego Pellicer to accomplish our goals in this relatively new marketplace.”

According to a company press release, Rotondi and Savini plan to create a cutting-edge branding and architecture system that is adaptable to each market, each footprint and reflects the community in which it operates.

“What fascinates me the most about working with Diego is that while the industry continues to be defined, it’s possible that our work will set a new standard that others will want to emulate,” said Rotondi. “The store concepts that we’re developing will not only make each location look consistent and yet unique, but can be built quickly using current technology and materials.

Tokyo Smoke Partners With Aphria To Launch Medical Cannabis

CANADA: Tokyo Smoke introduces four medical cannabis strains in collaboration with Aphria, one of Canada’s largest licensed producers of medical marijuana. This is the first time a Canadian consumer brand will partner with a Licensed Producer to launch medical cannabis in Canada, an inaugural event for the lifestyle brand, as well as the Canadian marketplace. Grown and distributed by Aphria under the ACMPR (Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations), the cannabis strains will be available to patients with a valid medical prescription from August 24, 2017.

The four strains will launch as a part of a kit ($250), featuring unique Tokyo Smoke packaging, five grams of each strain along with custom crafted black glass jars and special welcome accessories. They will be available to order through the Aphria website.

“This launch is the culmination of Tokyo Smoke’s vision of providing a beautiful cannabis experience in both design and product,” says Alan Gertner, co-founder and CEO of Tokyo Smoke. “When conceptualizing each strain, we wanted to pair consistent, high-quality cannabis with a focus on Tokyo Smoke branding, design and packaging. Contemporary customers deserve to have a cannabis experience that aligns with the rest of their lifestyle.”