Lucid Cheney – Cheney, WA
Their vibe is tranquil, they’re committed to local growers and they’re medically endorsed. But above all, Lucid Cheney is about community and focusing on what really matters: people. Last September, they lost their dear friend and beloved budtender, Cameron (Cam) Smith, to a senseless murder. It rocked his loved ones, the Lucid team and the industry as a whole to the core. But with the outpouring of love and support from all over the state, the crew is bouncing back. Lucid is more than just a pot shop. It symbolizes the bond we share as a cannabis community and our commitment to lift our brothers and sisters up when they need it most.
For the team, Losing Cam and then having to pick up and move forward has been unbearably painful, but at the same time, it’s strengthened their bond with each other and the community. Owner Dennis Turner notes, “Cam was my brother. He symbolized what a budtender should be. We’re all on the rebound from this tragic loss, but it’s made us strong and brought the 502 community together.”
This is largely in part due to General Manager Stacia Shirley, who has helped keep things together and transform tragedy into momentum. “She’s our Tom Brady,” insists Dennis. “Stacia heads it all.” Along with the rest of the team, Dennis and Stacia ensure Lucid Cheney is more than just a medically endorsed recreational store with a great selection. They give back through programs like Toys For Tots and host community picnics and other local events.
Lucid Cheney’s aesthetic is futuristic and tranquil, as Dennis puts it. The decor is intentional and uncluttered, their display cases change colors, and there’s even a jellyfish tank in the middle of the store. You’ll see tributes to Cam throughout the space, and the staff all wear his initials on their shirts in remembrance.
The store is organized into sections: pre-rolls, flower, concentrates, tinctures and edibles. They have a unique, self-serve, card-based shopping system. Each product has a card with a price next to it. You pick a product and take its card up to the counter, where the budtender rings you up. For guests, it’s simple and low-pressure. And for budtenders, it allows time to focus more on customers with specific questions, needs or concerns.