The 7 Most Beautiful Cannabis Shops In Portland
Although the third to legalize cannabis in the United States, the sophisticated state of the industry is at its peak in Oregon. Legislators here set the strictest testing standards yet. Portland’s organic, locally-grown culture around food bled into cannabis cultivation and top shelf growers are growing some of the cleanest product in the world, per state-certified lab results. And when it comes to shops, no one has demonstrated such a detailed degree of attention to the retail experience as Portland’s star-studded lineup.
Many masterfully design and assemble stunning build-outs the likes of Anthropologie stores–without the guarantee they’ll make it in an unpredictable landscape filled with hundreds of fellow recreational shops. Maybe it’ll be their ticket to widespread fame, maybe that sort of aesthetic beauty will change one person’s mind who thought of cannabis as a dirty, stoner-y drug. Either way, these are the Portland cannabis dispensaries too pretty to miss.
916 SE Hawthorne Blvd., farmapdx.com.
Farma set a standard in Oregon long before the state legalized cannabis. First existing as a medical dispensary, the team of longtime cultivators and plant science nerds developed a system of organization that improved the inaccurate distinction of indica and sativa, arranging strains on scales of red for uplifting effects and blue for relaxing effects. The clean, white interiors embellished with indoor plants and leafy details virtually defined the aesthetic of Nu Pot.
220 SW 1st Ave., shopserra.com.
If the name of this ultra-luxe dispensary chain rings a bell, it could be because Gwyneth wrote it up on Goop. Yes, you read that correctly–this gold-trimmed, marble-countered pot shop made it onto the Goop lifestyle edit. One look at the custom light fixtures made to match the strain categorization icons and the Marzocco espresso machine at reception and you’ll see why.
Bridge City Collective - East
215 SE Grand Ave., bridgecitycollective.com.
Snuggled into the heart of Portland’s Industrial Eastside, BCC is a breath of fresh air in between the myriad 20-year-old dive bars and 100-year-old produce wholesalers. Inside the frosted windows houses a love letter to the City of Roses with this mural depicting the St. John's bridge.
2145 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., jaynepdx.com.
I’m not sure why exactly Jayne is known as the Portland Woman’s favorite dispensary. It could have to do with serene, forest-inspired wood details on the exterior and interiors. It may be the attention to the customer’s tactile experience, with the menu built like a bound book and woven twine baskets that contain stacks of edibles and packaged concentrates. Whatever it is, you’ll feel like you’re picking up a vape pen from Mother Nature herself, and you’ll love it.
Parlour Cannabis Shoppe
4702 SW Scholls Ferry Rd., parlourcannabis.com.
With ivory-tiled walls and rich, dark wood furnishings topped with house plants, the Parlour feels like a new age apothecary as much as a recreational cannabis dispensary. The difference is Parlour is much more comfortable than the last time I walked into an Aesop Skincare boutique.
Virtue Supply Company
510 NW 11th Ave., portlandrecreationalmarijuana.com.
Upon entering the front door at Virtue, you’ll question whether you’ve arrived at a pot shop or a crystal gallery. Owned by a longtime cannabis and gem enthusiast, the spacious, naturally-lit reception room is lined with glass cases holding hunks of glittering minerals and gemstones with their own price tags. Then in the budroom, edibles are displayed on suspended shelves made out of tree ring cut-outs, and the very well-sourced buds offer their own glittery effect as you start selecting your strain.
Kings of Canna
1465 NE Prescott St C., thekingsofcanna.com.
Fancy doesn’t have to mean Goop-approved aesthetics. The Kings of Canna took a more dapper, Sherlock Holmes-inspired approach, with warm lighting and mahogany-colored wood floors providing a cozy, 1930s cigar-room vibe. The products, displayed in a stunning wrap around glass case, are even set out on red velvet within the glass.
Honorable Mention: Budlandia
16440 SE Division St., budlandiapdx.com.
By no means is Budlandia a member of the million-dollar-buildout club, but its unique take on the store’s identity with this grand mural merits more than honorable mention in this roundup of Portland’s most beautiful shops. Due to gentrification and racially-governed zoning laws in the first half of the century, Portland’s Asian population all left downtown and Chinatown districts for the deep, more affordable Southeast. Across from Budlandia sits the largest Asian food store in Oregon.
The mural, painted by local artist Pablo Gonzalez, depicts Guan Yu, the famed general who served under the warlord Liu Bei in the late Eastern Han dynasty. A larger-than-life figure of Chinese history, his visage has become a symbol for bravery, loyalty and righteousness, and this mural challenges the cannabis community to reflect a diverse identity grounded in many cultures.