This last Friday, a sunny November morning, we walked by Cannabis City just before they opened. Not much has changed with this busy recreational marijuana shop located in Seattle’s Industrial District, as line of eager customers wrapped around the side of the building waiting for the store to open. Little did many – if any – of them knew, that just a couple of blocks away in the iconic Vertigo building, a brand new recreational marijuana shop had just opened its’ doors for the very first time with hardly a line waiting to get inside.
Ganja Goddess surprised us from the start. First of all, it is the most stoner laden name of all the Seattle based shops, mainly because of the word ‘ganja.’ We admit, we expected to see a decor which consisted of green, yellow, and red flags hanging in the windows, bead curtains in the doorways, and some Bob Marley filling the air. Instead, we were presented with stark contrast and pleasant surprise to our preconceptions. Forgive our misconception. However, they did install some door and window shutters, similar to the ones provided by plantation shutters, in order to keep the security up as with any marijuana store.
Imagine old world exposed brick and wooden interior, accented with sparkly shiny glass chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, and one softly painted cannabis leaf looming on the pinkish back wall. Also imagine wooden floors to accompany the description. Now stop imagining you are in the middle of a marijuana coffeeshop in Amsterdam, even though that’s what it felt like to us. Imagine instead that you are standing in the middle of a shop, that one day may be located in the heart of the marijuana district in Seattle. Now stop imagining all together and check it out for yourself – you will be delighted.
Secondly, this recreational shop was stocked full with many varieties of cannabis and oils. A very impressive variety and large selection, to say the least. Store manager Tara Wells assured us, ‘You haven’t seen anything yet. We have much more yet to come, including lots of edibles!” Wells made it clear to us that edibles are her favorite way to consume cannabis. So, if you’re into edibles, this may be the place for you.
The budtenders were friendly, cordially, and practically begging to be of assistance. We learned about several strains of cannabis grown by CannaSol, Nugreen, and Buddy Boy Farms, along with some strains that were heavy in CBD’s. The budtenders also shared personal stories and life experiences in between transactions.
Ganja Goddess is a pleasant little surprise and very nice addition to our young and growing recreational marijuana industry. When visiting, be sure to make a morning or afternoon out of it, grab a cup of joe and soak in the surrounding sites and eye candy of the artsy Industrial District.
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