New Vansterdam: Cannabis, Care, Community Engagement

The Business

New Vansterdam has established themselves as an innovative leader in the Washington cannabis industry since opening on July 11, 2014. They’ve accomplished this meteoric rise to success by focusing on being “a retail store that isn’t afraid to experiment,” according to Linda Chan, Operations Manager. An attitude which has helped them thrive amongst their many competitors in Clark County. Incorporating an online ordering system and a self-serve digital kiosk alongside in-store budtenders has created a streamlined system that gives customers multiple procurement options during their visit, allowing a “shopping experience for everyone.”

The Place

The store began with a simple look, but has evolved to a more mature style. Originally sporting painted concrete floors, NV has updated their look to include soft carpet and well-lit displays along the walls to show off their various products. They’ve even created a tangible connection to the region, with counters made from wood found in the Willamette River. With over 1500 square feet of retail space, there’s plenty of room to feel comfortable in this elegant shop. They also have consultation rooms available for medical patients, where they can hold private conversation about their needs.

The People

NV began with a group of doctors committed to a mission of community involvement and philanthropy, alongside their love of medical cannabis. This devotion has led to the creation of a scholarship at a local community college, meant to encourage cannabis education in fields such as agriculture and business. “We asked ourselves, ‘how can we pay it forward to our customers?’” says Linda. They also embody the idea that the cannabis industry is a place where anyone can succeed, with several women occupying key roles within the company. They strive to be an all-inclusive place both inside and outside the store, for everyone’s benefit.

Aaron Miller

Aaron Miller has been a contributing writer for Dope Magazine since January 2016. Since joining, he has produced numerous features reviewing the many different cannabis products the Washington cannabis market has to offer. Along with writing, Aaron has been working on the retail side of cannabis since 2015. While studying print and online journalism for 2 years, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History from Central Washington University in 2012. He has a passion for cannabis education and would love to see much more funding for research into the effects of the individual cannabinoids. One of the top items on his cannabis bucket list is to road trip across America and smoke a joint in every state. With the trend of legalization, he hopes to realize this dream sooner rather than later.

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