Root Cellar – Belfair, WA
If you walk into Belfair, Washington’s Root Cellar cannabis shop, visions of a spa day may jump to your mind — don’t worry, that’s the plan. A rock wall stands at the entrance, the same sort you’d see at a sauna; salvaged wood, polished and refurbished, evokes the feeling of standing inside a tree. “The intention,” remarks longtime store manager Jonathan Esposito, who helped found the shop, which opened in May of 2015, “was a Northwest feel with a spa-like, comfortable atmosphere to break away from the older, stigmatized idea of a cannabis dispensary.”
There’s elegance to the place, which is located smack-dab in the small but burgeoning town of Belfair. The area, known for its blue-collar roots, is experiencing a renaissance, from new restaurants and shops to a recently completed highway expansion. All the while, residents have been enjoying what Root Cellar offers. “Our customers are the best thing in the world to us,” Esposito declares. “We are a close-knit community. Our customers take care of us, and we take care of them.”
Root Cellar offers a wide swath of flower, edibles, pre-rolls and paraphernalia, from glass to papers and lighters. But their area of expertise, says Esposito, is the medical side of the business. “Fun fact,” he tells me, pausing for effect. “I was the first certified medical consultant in Washington state. And with that medical background, we take great pride [in] making sure our medical patients receive the best service possible.” As a result, Root Cellar is well versed in non-psychoactive CBD products to help patients with pain management. And whether you walk in for chocolates or your favorite strain, once you enter Root Cellar and gaze at the warm, “happy lights” on the counter, as Esposito calls them, or admire the rock wall, you’ll know you’re in good hands.