Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop became just the 2nd of four recreational marijuana stores in Seattle, when it opened its’ doors at the end of September in the Central District neighborhood. October was its’ first full month in operation, and it was an interesting and eventful one to say the least.
Uncle Ike’s came as a bit of a surprise, especially when Ian Eisenberg’s name surfaced as one of the owners, and his property on 23rd and Union would be the pot shop’s new home. Back in July, when the recreational marijuana retail lottery was held, Eisenberg was actually one of the lottery losers. But with a piece of prime real estate to his name and some wheeling dealing magic as we imagine, he became one of the owners.
The pot shop opened to a respectable amount of fanfare. Nothing like the frenzy that surrounded the opening of Cannabis City, Seattle’s first recreational marijuana store, but respectable. Since then, it has stayed true to one of its’ sales mottos: never out of stock and has recorded strong sales figures.
But the biggest news since their grand opening, is the protests by the Mount Calvary Christian Church next door. The church doesn’t agree with a pot store being so close to their facility, a church affiliated teen recreation center down the street, and a parklet nearby. In fact, just recently the church filed a lawsuit against Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop, the City of Seattle, and the Washington State Liquor Control Board. Despite all of this, Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop has been admirable in dealing with this situation and even befriending the church.
Not only has Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop already made a name for themselves in the Central District and Capitol Hill neighborhood, but we have people asking about the shop in areas outside of Seattle. This pot shop has been a welcome addition to the recreational marijuana industry. From their drive, their attitude, and their branding. Not only did they endure the grand opening madness, a massive protest, and a filing of a lawsuit, but they did it with flying colors. They are the HAS Pot Shop of the Month for October 2014.