When did the store officially open in Seaside?
“We first opened our doors on June 28, 2019.”
With other locations in Portland, Hillsboro and Beaverton, why was Seaside considered an ideal spot for the fifth store?
“Being on the coast, Seaside is a little isolated. We wanted to provide a convenient and safe source of CBD for the locals here. Additionally, Seaside seems to get a lot of visitors from places where CBD isn’t as accessible. We want visitors to return home knowing they can always count on us, as online ordering is an option for them.”
What is CBD?
“Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. It’s non-psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t get you high, and it may be beneficial for many different ailments.”
What are the most common treatments or relief people seek?
“Tinctures and topicals. People come in seeking relief for all sorts of ailments, but the most common ones seem to be pain and anxiety relief, and pet care.”
How has the response been since you’ve opened?
“The response has been great. Our customers are ecstatic when they discover that we’re here. And we are just as excited and grateful to be here.”
Who has been your primary demographic?
“Our primary demographic seems to be elder locals. We offer a 10% senior discount. We get a lot of families in here, too, specifically vacationing families. Across all locations, our demographic is very widely ranged.”
What percentage of the business do the pet products account for? Is it changing?
“Pet products account for a significant percentage of business. That percentage continues to increase.”
What are the most popular products?
“Roots of Life Day and Night Blend tinctures are our most popular products. Additionally, people really enjoy Healthy Roots’ Root Butter topical. And the Smokiez vegan gummies are a customer favorite, as they come in various flavor options.”
What are some of the latest products?
“Roots of Life has recently come out with their Muscle Rub. It’s a gel that gives a nice cooling, heating effect on your skin, which could alleviate your aches and pains. We also started carrying Ignite Vape Pods, with Ignite’s Rechargeable Vape Kit available. These are two of our newest products, but we have a very extensive menu.”
How do you determine which CBD products to carry?
“We search for local, reputable brands. It’s a mix of brands that have lots of testimony and newer brands that we have confidence in. A lot of research, testing and sampling goes into our selection process.”
What aspect of your job do you enjoy the most?
“Our goal is to help people and educate them. It’s a very rewarding feeling when we achieve that.”
What’s the most challenging part?
“There are the uninformed, then there are the misinformed. I think our biggest challenge is re-teaching the misinformed and ensuring they leave our store with the correct information.”
What’s the biggest misconception you encounter?
“Some assume that it should work immediately. Like any other supplement or medicine, when it comes to consumption, it takes time for CBD to start working.”