Hayden’s first cannabis dispensary opens for business

Mark Wellstone and Cherie Sanders have opened Anna Dispensary in downtown Hayden. The dispensary gets Hayden’s first.
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HAYDEN — It’s taken more than a calendar year for entrepreneurs Mark Wellstone and Cherie Sanders to open the doors of Hayden’s initial cannabis dispensary, but now that Anna Dispensary is finally open up for company, the entrepreneurs are thrilled to go ahead.

“It’s surreal,” Sanders said. “We have been performing for so extensive, and so difficult to get this open up.”

The business enterprise opened Oct. 15, but the two homeowners are arranging to rejoice the grand opening Nov. 12-14. That celebration will include specials that Wellstone, who also owns Blue Heron Dispensary in Oak Creek, stated he hopes will provide persons in to see what his new 800-sq.-foot retail area is all about.

Doing work as a result of COVID-19, the two demolished a neglected making at 735 E. Jefferson Ave. and changed it with a new, welcoming and modern day site.

The organization acquired approval from the city of Hayden in April 2019 and was licensed by the point out in July. Following the approval there was some dialogue about altering the ordinance to keep dispensaries off Hayden’s Main Road, but Hayden City Manager Mathew Mendisco said all those conversations did not use to Anna.

“The conversations arrived up afterward,” Mendisco claimed. “I assume there was some initial problem as to what people specifications were, and I think we cleared those people up as employees quite promptly. The requirements and the discussions that happened afterward have been truly framed all around the future application that may perhaps take place.”

Having said that, Mendisco said people discussions finished with no alterations to the ordinance.

That ordinance, which was authorized in 2019, demands dispensaries to be 1,000 ft away from child and day care facilities, colleges, drug and liquor treatment method amenities, community parks, libraries and other leisure spaces. It also involves them to be 150 toes away from transportation channels, like Yampa Valley Regional Airport and U.S. Highway 40 as it goes as a result of city.

Wellstone feels the downtown site will serve both locals and site visitors touring to the region for trip. He is hoping that travellers arriving at Yampa Valley Regional Airport will come into Hayden for their cannabis requires.

“We want men and women to get off the aircraft and question their cellphone where by the closest dispensary is situated,” Wellstone claimed. “Then when they see it’s only a half-mile away, we are hoping they will turn remaining.”

In addition to travels, Wellstone understands the worth of nearby shoppers.

“I grew up in a little city myself, and I’m made use of to catering to locals,” Wellstone said. “It’s variety of pleasant to be in a place in which everybody’s seriously appreciative to have you in town, and we’re likely to be a shop that undoubtedly caters to locals.”

The variety of goods supplied at Anna involve pre-rolls (a prepared-to-go joint filled with cannabis), blunts (cannabis within a cigar wrap) and edibles (hashish-centered foodstuff goods).

The retailer also offers CBD merchandise as perfectly as components. The keep is nevertheless ready for the arrival of branded solutions like T-shirts and hats, but he expects them to arrive any working day.

“We have a small little bit of every little thing, and want to make certain whoever walks in the doorway can uncover a thing that they like,” Wellstone mentioned. “Being brand name new, of study course, we’re even now building up our inventory.”

Anna performs with community providers like Trustworthy Marijuana, Binske and Initially Make a difference out of Oak Creek, as effectively as Wyldfire, which makes edible gummies, based mostly out of Steamboat Springs. Prospects will also obtain Wana Models, Willie’s Reserve and 1906 in the new store, which will also characteristic all-natural growers like AJ’s Farm and Hava Gardens.

“We actually delight ourselves on carrying leading-course flower,” he claimed. “I’ve experienced a likelihood about the very last 6 decades with my other shop to seriously get to know a whole lot of the growers in the condition, so I have received a handful of growers that I believe are best notch.”

Sanders feels that although some dispensaries are vertically built-in — which is when a business both of those makes and sells its item — the standalone concept of Anna makes it possible for the store to give a huge assortment of choices.

“Cannabis has usually been a section of my lifestyle. I grew up in Chicago, and moved out west and fell in adore with the mountains,” Sanders mentioned. “I’ve constantly acknowledged I desired a retail space.”

Anna Dispensary is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.