Higher Leaf To Open 2nd Pot Shop in Bellevue WA

WASHINGTON: Washington cannabis licensee Higher Leaf  has announced it will open its second recreational marijuana store in Bellevue, WA  in early 2017. Construction on the new site has been underway since the fall and final inspections by the Washington State Liquor Control Board and the City of Bellevue will occur within the next few weeks. Higher Leaf’s first store is located in Kirkland.

Higher Leaf will be the first marijuana store to open in Bellevue since February 2015, despite a recent Bellevue City Council ordinance limiting marijuana retailers in the city. Higher Leaf is the fourth marijuana retailer to open in Bellevue.  Higher Leaf in Kirkland is already the most popular store on the east side (per state sales data) and the 6th most popular store in the state.  With the second location opening in Bellevue, Higher Leaf becomes the first multi-store chain to operate on the Eastside. The store’s street entrance is located next to the drive-through Starbucks on 156th Ave SE and is just down the road from the Washington State Patrol office.

The Bellevue location is a bright, open retail space with six points of sale. Visitors can park on site or take advantage of several area bus stops within walking distance. The new store will stock many of the same vendors currently available at Higher Leaf in Kirkland and customers can expect the same high level of service that they have come to expect from Higher Leaf and they may see a few familiar faces from the Kirkland shop.

MJNewsNetwork had the chance to ask owner Molly Honig a few question about the new store:

Q: You’ve been quite successful in your Kirkland store.  How will you tailor your experience and inventory to map to Bellevue’s demographics.   

A:  We think consistency is important to customers and we will strive to carry many of our most popular products from our Kirkland store in our Bellevue as well. However, we certainly understand that the thing that is most popular in the Kirkland store might not be as popular in Bellevue, and the most requested items can certainly change over time. In our Kirkland store, we strive to be really customer focused and responsive to customer requests, which we will continue to do in Bellevue. It is hard for us to know exactly how the Bellevue clientele’s preferences will differ from the Kirkland store clientele, but we are prepared to adapt to the needs of our new customer base. 

In both stores, we will continue to put the customer first and we will strive to create a consistently positive customer experience. We want to continue to create an environment all customers feel welcome and get all of their questions answered. We are very proud of our menu and the wide variety of products and price points that we offer. We love carrying everything from top shelf product, to great mid-priced product, to grams that are $6 every day. We take pride in the accuracy of our menu, which is usually re-printed twice a day in our store and updated online on our website throughout the day.  

Q: How many employees/new jobs will be created from your new store?

A: Two years ago, when we first opened our Kirkland location, we had 11 employees. By December of 2016, Kirkland was up to 27 employees. We have already hired for 8 additional positions for our Bellevue store and we anticipate hiring a few more as we open. My best guess is that we will have a total of 40, in both stores, by the early spring.

Higher Leaf Bellevue is located at 3079 156th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98007 and will be open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 7 days a week. The store will announce more details about an official Grand Opening celebration on www.higherleaf.com later this month.

Bellevue Parents Call For Pot Shop Ban

WASHINGTON: Parents Against Marijuana Near Schools (PAMNS) are against the location of the proposed Marijuana Retail Store “Green Theory” in Bellevue, WA (Factoria).

Mike Griffith from Par 5 Investment has filed an application for a permit to change the use in an existing building in Factoria from a driving education service and offices to a retail use for marijuana products.

According to the petition, “The location for this proposed marijuana store is poorly conceived and ill advised given the large number of vulnerable and impressionable children and young people who visit many of the businesses and public entities in the area.”

Marijuana Stores Could Double In Washington State

WASHINGTON: Washington could get lots more pot stores.

State regulators will allow medical marijuana providers to seek retail licenses later this fall. There are no strict limits on how many new licenses could be granted, and there is no requirement that they focus on medical patients.

This sounds like it could mean more competition. But it also means that all pot stores will be on equal footing.

The passage of Initiative 502 in 2012 launched Washington’s regulated marijuana system. But officials watched in dismay as hundreds of unlicensed medical marijuana dispensaries sprouted on street corners around the state. Now under a new state law, “gray market” marijuana providers must get state retail licenses or close their doors.

Liquor and Cannabis Board spokesman Brian Smith said the number of new licenses his agency can grant is open-ended.

The 2015 Washington Marijuana Retail Seminar: Becoming A Front Runner, October 5th in Bellevue, WA

WASHINGTON:  Front Runner (formerly TetraTrak.com), a leading business intelligence resource for Washington’s licensed cannabis industry has teamed up with The Marijuana Business Association, to present: “The 2015 Washington Marijuana Retail Seminar: Becoming A Front Runner” on Monday, October 5th at the Red Lion Hotel in Bellevue, 1-5PM, with a VIP Reception to follow at the hotel bar.

The MJBA Professional Seminar will feature presentations from Front Runner’s  Brian Yauger and Joe Armes, who will provide a comprehensive look at the WSLCB wholesale and retail sales data to date, with an eye toward giving 502 retailers actionable business intelligence to help them build sustainable profitable businesses.

“I want every retailer who attends this seminar to feel that they’ve gotten the value of the ticket price back in the first 15 minutes of the event,” Yauger told MJNN.

Leading Retailer Uncle Ike’s founder Ian Eisenberg will be a featured speaker and panelist. He’ll be joined by an impressive lineup of top retailers including Evergreen Market and The Joint.

PayQwick CEO Kenneth Berke and Green Bits Business Solutions Director Matt Beckley will join Brian Yauger and Joe Armes for a roundtable discussion on retail trends.

Listen to the keys to Romancing the Brand with top executives from Washington’s leading CannaBrands: Zoots, Mirth, Evergreen Herbal, Monkey Grass Farms, Buddy Boy Farm and Sky High Gardens.

Event sponsors include: TetraTrak, Green Bits, Visual Options, PayQwick, CannaVentures and Sky High Gardens.

Reserve your Front Runner spot today. 

Brian Yauger on stage at MJBA Meetup in Seattle.

Brian Yauger on stage at MJBA Meetup in Seattle.

Grand Opening of Olympia Recreational Marijuana Store

WASHINGTON: Just in time for the Super Bowl, Seattle canna-twins “The Powers of Cannabis” are playing host to the grand opening of I-502 recreational pot shop, A Bud & Leaf, this Saturday, January 30th at 10:00 AM in Olympia.  Featuring three official strains endorsed by Tommy Chong, the famous comedian from the comedy duo Cheech & Chong,  the first 100 customers will receive a “Super Bowl Special Discount” of 12% on the purchase of marijuana and paraphernalia.

A Bud & Leaf  is Olympia’s second retail recreational marijuana store.  It features the finest cannabis flowers and infused products engineered through the science of marijuana, which uses the latest technological advances to achieve mathematical precision of THC and CBD levels.

In addition to offering the finest locally grown and carefully processed cannabis products, A Bud & Leaf, Inc. specializes in affordable “concert kits and travel accessories” paraphernalia, with prices ranging from $4 to $10, including taxes.  Tall glass bongs sell for $39 – the best prices in western Washington.