Savage THC – Clayton, WA
As I head north out of Spokane, the snow-capped hills show signs of freshly-doused trees covered in the finest of Northwest winter blankets. Passing through rural towns, I approach one of my favorite places in Clayton, Washington, the home of Savage THC. This is a one-stop shop for rural stoners, newbies and cannasseurs alike. Lib Tech snowboards hang on the walls, as well as counterculture art; glass cases are filled with products from the best cultivators and processors that Washington has to offer. And this isn’t your typical shop floor plan: they have a bank teller-style cashier window, one of the most secure back rooms of all time and safes that make the banks in town seem inferior.
A true “Stoner Owner,” Scott DeKay knows how to hustle; he’s been doing it his whole life. He had the opportunity to turn his hustle into a legit business four years ago, and Savage THC was born. DeKay has been consuming since 1986 — he fell in love with the plant at The Bulldog Coffeeshop on a trip to Amsterdam. DeKay and his wife Elisia have a tight-knit crew consisting of themselves and two customers-turned-employees, Travis and Shelby. Every time I enter the shop, I receive one of the warmest, sincerest greetings; you feel like you’re at a friend’s house grabbin’ some weed, which is exactly the vibe DeKay wanted for his shop. “Most of that shit on the walls is from my house,” he laughs. “Literally, you’re in my living room — it’s just missing the couch.”
With the mellowing of the industry, you see a lot of the same product on the shelves in most shops, but not at Savage THC. DeKay and his crew love cannabis, and it shows in their selection: flower from The High Road, Exotic Farms and NW Nectar, just to name a few, remain in heavy rotation. DeKay loves concentrates, especially dry-sift, full-melt hash, clean BHO shatter and price-conscious crumble. Ask him and the team what they’re smoking on — they’ll guide you in the right direction.