Buddy’s Pot Shop – Renton, WA
Buddy’s Pot Shop in Renton is a living, breathing, cannabis-infused tribute to music and its relationship to our favorite mind-altering plant. Walk in and you’re visually transported in time to a Prohibition-era speakeasy, where you can peruse the latest in cannabis extracts, edibles and high-grade flower while local musicians jam in the middle of the store.
Owner Myles Harlow Kahn, a musician and former entertainment lawyer, named the business after his grandfather, Buddy Harlowe, a famous Prohibition-era jazz bassist and bandleader of the iconic Latin Quarter nightclub in New York. But beyond its namesake, Buddy’s is a celebration of music in all styles and genres, embodying the diversity and sense of community prevalent in both the music and cannabis world.
Dim lighting, curved display cases, shiny tin art deco ceiling tiles—Myles wanted the place to feel like the Prohibition-era nightclubs and speakeasies Buddy himself would have played in. There’s always a great mix of music in the background, and on Fridays from 4:00-7:00 p.m. local musicians play live shows right in the store. Next door is Buddy’s Goodies and Glass, the other half of their operation, where you can buy local glass (yes, they make a point to source almost all of their glass from the Pacific Northwest), incense, hemp-derived CBD products, books and more.
“We’re focused on providing the broadest selection at the best price point,” states Myles. “All cannabis consumers are not created equal.” They carry an impressive array of over 40 flower growers and an outstanding selection of edibles, concentrates and medically-endorsed products for patients. And Buddy’s is all about offering high-end flower by companies like House of Cultivar and Khush Kush, as well as their own white-label house brand. Budtenders often tour facilities like House of Cultivar’s genetics lab for that first-hand knowledge and education that’s so important to customers.