At a glance, Urban Bud recreational cannabis shop is seemingly like every other 420-friendly focal point of Tacoma’s Pacific Avenue. A brilliant shade of green and contrasting white accents adorn the outside of their building, in a subtle manner signifying to the cannabis consumer that they may just be in luck. Let me assure you, however, once you crest the entryway to this cannabis access point, your day will surely change for the better. Since January 2015, Urban Bud has been a reliable pitstop for steals and deals in the South Sound cannabis community, and even before that serving the medical cannabis community. They currently possess a medical endorsement, offering the ability to secure medically relevant products and advice from their highly trained staff of professionals, as well as day-to-day clientele. Sitting down with the general manager, Chandra Hall, was quite a good opportunity to find out just what Urban Bud is all about.
How has it been for you guys here since you flipped from the traditional medical cannabis model to our newer recreational cannabis system?
It’s been an absolute joy! Being able to retain our medical identity in relation to our community and hard working staff was paramount. Also, having the opportunity to share this miraculous product with the general public that doesn’t have a “medical condition’, per se, has been more fulfilling than previously expected. The community is only benefiting from the great selection of cannabis products that we offer.
What would you say to someone who is not a cannabis consumer or supporter for that matter?
I would simply let them know that we are a legitimate business that not only contributes a safer alternative recreational activity to alcohol, but also tries our hardest to enrich the lives of everyone we come into contact with. Our collective goal is to educate and inform everyone about the benefits and proper uses of cannabis products, not simply to make a quick buck. We also believe in cannabinoids as a medically relevant compound yet to be fully understood by the scientific and political communities. Therefore, we come to work every day ready to demonstrate that to our clients and patients.
What sets Urban Bud apart from the rest?
To be honest, we have some extremely competitive pricing on not only some more obscure, “smaller” brands, but the higher end premium-companies, as well. It’s not often you can snag an eighth of Pink Cookies for under $30, but here at Urban Bud we stay stocked up with palatable options, let me assure you!
If you could name one of your more popular products, what would that be?
Well, there is one that immediately comes to mind – “Sour Kush” by a company called Downtown Cannabis Co. The flavor and effect are consistent and pleasing to the majority of palates, as well as upholding our budget friendly price-point. You really can’t go wrong with these guys for your hybrid-cannabis strain needs. “Hybrid” means that it will deliver both relaxative and uplifting properties simultaneously.
What is your mission whilst serving the cannabis community of Washington State?
At all times we strive to provide unrivaled customer experiences in the recreational and medical cannabis market. Every person should walk out of these doors feeling as though they just got the best service they could have. A fond memory. Positivity. If we can’t make your time here an absolute joy, then I would venture to say we did not uphold our strict standards of customer service. Education is also a keystone here at Urban Bud. Being from the medical cannabis community, we strive for nothing less than to help you understand what it is you’re looking for, or that would best suit your needs.