Commencement Bay Cannabis (CBC)
5402 Pacific Hwy. E, Fife
Top-Selling Strain: Galactic Glue, Artizen
Top-Selling Concentrate: Elements Oil (CBC is also the exclusive vendor in Pierce County)
Top-Selling Edibles: Honu Peanut Butter Cups (Sativa/Indica) and Smokiez Fruit Chews (various flavors)
How and when did your retail store start up?
CBC is the result of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians striving to provide safe access to cannabis for all. This long-term vision came to fruition on February 17,, 2017, when CBC opened its doors to customers for the first time.
What’s the story behind the name of your retail store?
CBC got its name from the deep-rooted history that Commencement Bay plays with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians. Many of the ancestors of the Tribe lived in villages from the foothills of Mount Tacoma (Mount Rainer), along the creeks and rivers to the shores of Commencement Bay.
What does your retail store offer customer’s that they can’t find anywhere else?
A great selection of products at great a price.
How has the cannabis industry in Washington changed since you have been in the business? Where would you like to see it go?
We are starting to see a gradual shift as our customers become more interested in additional metrics to measure the quality of cannabis products. Namely, the reported THC percentage is no longer the only factor in deciding what to purchase. Customers are starting to become more interested in what the terpene profile is as they hone in on their flavor preferences.
What are the biggest challenges you face in this industry as a retail store? . . . Biggest joys?
Our biggest challenge is finding ways to consistently improve our customers’ experiences. Be it adding new vendors, cycling through different products or finding more creative ways to enhance our customers’ experiences at our store. Our biggest joy is being able to serve our customers daily. We appreciate all of their patronage and are excited anytime we are able to introduce them to a new product or vendor that they may not be familiar with.
What is the one thing you want customers to know about your retail store?
As mentioned, we are very appreciative of their business. We are honored that they have chosen CBC as their retail store of choice.
If someone wanted to open a retail store and get their feet wet in the industry, what advice or counsel would you give them?
Take advantage of all the resources and people in the industry who are sharing information. There are lots of newsletters, data sharing of sales, products and general information (502Data Pro, Lemonhaze, WSLCB Marijuana Dashboard, etc.) that can help provide context on the trials and tribulations of the cannabis industry. Lastly, we would just recommend getting involved in some capacity—the best knowledge is going to be accumulated through first-hand experience in any area of the industry.
What is the most important thing you hope to accomplish while in the cannabis community?
CBC would like to continue to break down the stigma associated with cannabis. Every day we are encouraged by the new customers we see from all ages and demographics.