Botanico – Denver, CO
Botanico has been in business since 2009 and has not steered from its “Mom and Pop” state of mind since then. After experiencing a surge of success as a live resin wholesale company, they went in a new direction when recreational cannabis became legal in 2014 to focus on the retail experience. Botanico makes customer service their number one priority; all employees must have an in-depth understanding of product knowledge to provide their customers with both education and quality assurance.
Located on Larimer Street in the heart of RiNo, Botanico calls one of Denver’s most up-and-coming neighborhoods home. This area provides phenomenal foot traffic from locals and tourists alike; the store itself is in a charming exposed brick building and stands out like a little oasis on an industrialized street. Botanico’s layout is unique in the sense that it’s made up of small private stations, giving customers the chance to have a truly one-on-one experience with budtenders and make their selections in a discreet, uninterrupted manner. In case you aren’t already familiar with this area, it’s also smack dab in the middle of some of Denver’s best restaurants and breweries.
Botanico makes it a point to provide the most desirable products on their shelves, constantly watching the market and altering their selections based on the ever-evolving cannabis industry, although they’re particularly known for their concentrate selection. They also boast a personal shopping VIP Program; members can text a Botanico representative 24/7 and tell them exactly what they’re looking for, whether it be brand, strain or effect, and they’ll go to whatever lengths necessary to find the right product. On top of having a top-notch concentrate and edible selection, Botanico also sources some top-shelf flower — a few that caught my eye include Grimace and Jack Herer from 14er in Boulder and Jabba OG from Pot Zero.