Smokin Gun Apothecary – Glendale, CO
Smokin Gun Apothecary is a female-owned dispensary in the Glendale neighborhood. Owners Deborah Dunafon and Lindsey Mintz are both avid athletes and passionate CBD advocates — Mintz is also well known for her work on Glendale City Council. This was the first Colorado dispensary to be built from the ground-up and is actually built in the aerial shape of a MAC-10 pistol. I didn’t have a chance to meet the actual owners in person, but from what I can gain, it sounds like they’re both pretty damn bitchin’ — Dunafon also owns Smokin Gun’s neighbor, Shotgun Willies, a premier topless club of over 35 years.
I haven’t seen a dispensary theme this detailed in a long time. Serious shout out to the Smokin Gun marketing team on this one. Walking into Smokin Gun is like stepping into a different era. This anti-prohibition museum features a speak-easy themed entrance, professional murals, educational relics allowing visitors to take a glimpse into the Prohibition Era and War on Drugs. The checkout stands are made from a real Prohibition-era bank teller window from the Bank of Hibernia in 1870 (yeah, it’s vintage), and you can “get a joint in the joint,” in a metal-barred jail cell. I love the mural behind the counter that depicts significant figures from American history who were involved or impacted by the War on Drugs. On top of its wild west gallery aesthetic, it also has a supermarket-style layout which provides a museum-like experience, and a relaxed way to peruse the assortment of products for purchase.
Flower, concentrates, edibles, infused-beverages … Smokin Gun has it all. I love that you can find chocolate bars, fruit de pate, live resin and flower from Binske, one of my favorite cannabis companies in Colorado. I noticed familiar classics like Stillwater Brands and 1906, and some new products such as the CBD Luxe Inhaler and Grainwave, a (nonalcoholic) Belgian Style White Ale infused with THC. On top of a fantastic concentrate selection, Smokin Gun sources some truly excellent flower, including Glass Slipper, Strawberry Guava, Banana Kush and Super Sour Lemon. Check out the pre-roll selection as well, which offers a couple of personal favorites including Cannagars from BluntLyfe, organic Hemp Blunts from Honest MJ and Bubble Joints from The Flower Collective.
When upon entering the Smokin Gun Apothecary, you are greeted by a sign which reads “Replica jail cell, Mississippi, circa 1941. For what you’re buying here today, you would have received a life sentence in Mississippi in 1941.”