The drive alone had me giddy. Heading northeast from Southern Oregon, I crossed over the ruggedly lovely Cascade Mountain Range and descended into the excessive desert plateau of Central Oregon. The three-hour drive flew by in a mosaic of fall colour on a late October day. I used to be on a mission for Oregrown.
I had heard concerning the flagship leisure dispensary from throughout the state. Nestled smack dab within the middle of charming downtown Bend and simply off the banks of the scenic Deschutes River, Oregrown boasts a location few can surpass. Snow-capped volcanoes sparkled within the distance as I walked as much as the clear and unassuming constructing marked by a big embroidered Oregrown banner.
Inside, the welcoming ready room provided espresso and tea, snug seating and partitions laden with eye sweet. Its decor oozed Oregon satisfaction with native pictures and work. Attendants promptly handed me an in depth menu and a budtender, John, escorted me into the “adult only” space.
The smooth lighting drew my consideration first, accented in all the proper locations to create the ambiance of an artwork gallery. Oregrown’s open flooring plan and neatly organized merchandise conveyed a way of legitimacy. My focus went instantly to the glowing jars, almost 40 of them and every marked with its personal colourful hand-drawn chalkboard, unfold throughout clear glass shows. Meanwhile, a cool tune by the well-known jam band Phish performed within the background of the spacious dispensary.
John chosen a number of of his favorites, providing an up-close take a look at their proud specimens. My mouth salivated when he opened a jar of impossibly frosty Blue Steel, examined at 29 % THC.
From its long-anticipated opening in January 2015, the store has prided itself on providing what they contemplate the best of flower in Oregon. With a close-by facility, the corporate offers farm-to-table product year-round.
“We keep somewhere between 30-40 strains on hand, about 60-70 percent grown just down the road,” Oregrown co-owner Aviv Hadar stated. “We do bring in outside flower — we don’t have to — but if you see it on our shelves it is within the top 10 percentile in the state.”
As a business hashish grower, I see bud in giant portions on a regular basis, and my eyes and nostril informed me he wasn’t mendacity.
“We have a selection of exclusive core genetics that we have pheno hunted, including two 30 year old landrace strains,” Aviv stated. “We grow for quality, not for quantity.”
Top-shelf flower definitely separates Oregrown from the huge array of dispensaries statewide, however its choice of edibles, drinkables, topicals and extracts maintain an analogous aura of exclusivity. Every product is clearly curated with intention. I ended in on the show for the high-end PAX vaporizer, the place the budtender pulled out a customized mannequin made particularly for Oregrown. The gadget clad within the paintings of famed rock-and-roll artist Brian Steely and pays homage to the corporate’s northwest roots with a fractal and celestial crammed scene. Several different spectacular items by the artist adorn the partitions.
“I hope that people who visit our store have highest-end cannabis experience that they possibly can,” Aviv stated. “We want to be the best representation of Oregon cannabis, which we consider to be the best in the nation.”
Oregrown is the brainchild of Aviv and three of his childhood associates, Justin Crawn, Hunter Neubauer and Kevin Hogan. The retail outlet opened after almost a yr of development and located an enormous following locally. Voted Best Dispensary in Bend three years in a row by the Source Weekly, and awarded Startup of the Year by the Bend Chamber of Commerce, their success is not any secret. The Source Weekly additionally voted Oregrown one of the best place to work in Bend (with beneath 50 staff).
“We love our employees and staff,” Aviv stated. “Oregrown is one big family and we invest a lot in our people. We look to set up careers that will go on for generations to come.”
The firm has additionally made a reputation for itself by sponsoring native excessive sports activities athletes and occasions not even associated to the hashish business. Oregrown additionally partnered with the Humane Society of Central Oregon to decrease the prices of adopting animals.
“When you see our name at these huge local events like the Oregon WinterFest that bring in thousands of people, we want to de-stigmatize the industry,” Hadar stated. “When some kid out in the middle of Michigan sees one of his favorite skiers wearing Oregrown shirt, we hope to inspire them to get out, and embrace the spirit of the Northwest.”
With outlets in Eugene, Portland and Canon Beach within the works, Oregrown’s top-shelf merchandise will quickly be obtainable throughout the state.
Originally revealed in Issue 29 of Cannabis Now. LEARN MORE
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