Goldn Bloom – San Diego, CA
Nestled at the intersection of two major freeways, Goldn Bloom has taken advantage of its centrally-located venue in the heart of San Diego’s metropolitan area to become a one-stop-shop for all your cannabis needs. It even has an exclusive partnership with a cannabis tourism service that brings a bus full of up to 40 people — from interested novices to veteran cannabis enthusiasts — to the shop’s front door. General operations and inventory manager Peter Yousif explains how important these tour buses are at opening people’s minds: “When they walk in, they expect to see some kind of ‘sketchy’ place, but what they find is something that much more resembles a jewelry store than a dispensary.”
In August, Goldn Bloom celebrated its one-year anniversary. While the shop boasts a relatively large payroll — 28 staff members total, from delivery drivers and receptionists to upper management — the store maintains a familial atmosphere. One of Yousif’s favorite parts of the job is that “sometimes people just come in to learn,” and they’ll always find a friendly, knowledgeable budtender at the counter happy to answer any questions.
As one of the only well-stocked shops following the new compliance laws that took effect on July 1 of this year, Goldn Bloom was able to dramatically expand their clientele while other businesses were forced to turn customers away. Visitors were initially unsettled by the newly increased tax burden that followed the July 1 deadline; however, Goldn Bloom’s staff found that, by being transparent and honest about the new tax, they were able to gain many of their most loyal customers. This professionalism and preparedness — combined with compassion and a thorough knowledge of the industry — allowed the upstart business to quickly and successfully ingratiate itself within the community.