Maritime Cafe – Gladstone, OR
The DOPE crew headed out to Gladstone, Oregon, to meet Tracy and Mario, owners of the Maritime Cafe. The shop is a family-run business, with their sons taking care of the day-to-day operations. The dispensary was a lot smaller back in 2011, when they were the only game in Clackamas County. They even had a smoking lounge running before the state took it away. (By the way, OLCC, we need somewhere to enjoy this stuff without forcing us to break the law—thanks!).
I love that the Maritime Cafe’s flower is stored in massive glass jars, which helps customers get a full terpene profile and ensures you’re getting the best nugs they have to offer. Maritime Cafe has their own line of cartridges, as well as all the typical industry big-hitters. They also have an impressive amount of clones, going through about a thousand plants a month. I know I’ll be checking out those babies soon to prepare for my summer grow!
Being right next door to The Stash smoke shop, I had to wonder if there’s any competition between stores. Tracy told me, however, that Maritime Cafe customers get a discount to The Stash, and they even sell some glass works from next door. While a lot of head shops are losing business to dispensaries, it’s heartwarming to see these two businesses supporting each other.
I saved the best for last: the titular Maritime Cafe inside the dispensary! Shop for some amazing flower, then sit down and relax with a caffeinated beverage of your choice. Industry reps tell me this is their favorite place to demo product because of the warm, inviting atmosphere. If you’re looking for a unique shopping experience, or to enjoy a cup of joe while relaxing in and around a dispensary setting, you need to check out the Maritime Cafe!