Spokane Green Leaf – Spokane, WA
When Spokane Green Leaf opened its doors in Spokane in 2013, they became Spokane’s first licensed recreational store. Hundreds of people lined up around the block to be part of history, and the store was instantly a champion of the community and local farms. Since then, they’ve received their medical endorsement and expanded their operation into a larger space, though never sacrificing their humble roots and dedication to small town customer service.
Green Leaf was founded by Todd Bennatt, a U.S. Army veteran and former environmental engineer. He’s a self-proclaimed Type A personality who has used cannabis since he was young to calm down and relax—especially at the end of the day. Early on, he took on partners in husband and wife team Kirk and Deanna Haggerty to help with the business side. With their 11 dedicated, outgoing employees, they’re rocking Spokane’s longest running, “first O.G.” recreational store. “Our employees are very happy,” Todd confirms. “We pay them well and give them extensive benefits, holidays off and bonuses.”
When they first opened, the store was a tiny, 600-square-foot space in a strip mall about five miles from downtown Spokane. Then, in February 2017, they moved into a larger, 5,000-square-foot location in the same facility. The vibe is friendly, clean and bright, with a spacious, open atmosphere. The employees are known for being engaging, outgoing and making eye contact. Todd is proud that his team is so passionate and eager to educate. Spokane has a small town vibe; it’s very tight-knit and everybody seems to know each other, so for Green Leaf customer service is hugely important. “This is a place we’d like to shop ourselves,” remarks Todd.
Green Leaf has gone from being a one-brand store in the early days to offering over ninety suppliers at the time of this writing. “Some of our top flower growers are Blue Roots Cannabis (a store favorite), Sweetwater Farms and Good Earth, which has a great local following,” Todd notes. “Our biggest supplier is Northwest Cannabis Solutions, which is the biggest seller in the state.” As the industry and its players have evolved, Green Leaf has always listened to its customers when it comes to selection. “It’s like dog years in the cannabis industry, the way everything changes so fast,” he laughs. “We recognize customers, know their names, and listen to their feedback . . . Now, it’s not just about THC percentages, but it’s terpene and cannabinoid profiles. Marijuana just has so many facets of what it can do.”