The Marijuana Factory – Chatsworth, CA
The Marijuana Factory is a cannabis enthusiast’s oasis nestled in the suburban sprawl of the San Fernando Valley. Located in an unassuming commercial complex in Chatsworth, this “pot paradise” is off the beaten path yet still manages to draw hundreds of customers on the daily. While the store is currently under renovation, owner and founder Khalid Almudarris’ vision for the physical space is intriguing. Through a series of windows, customers will be able to see plants growing, flower being trimmed and edibles being prepared. This transparency will give customers a real sense of how the “factory” operates.
Before opening TMF in Chatsworth, Almudarris previously ran the Universal Herbal Center in the Hollywood Hills. TMF is now one of several family-owned cannabis businesses run by Almudarris and his siblings. The others include The Hello Place edibles, a delivery service called Buds R Us, Founding Fathers pre-rolls, and their in-house flower brand, Kalifornia Krystle. The family’s involvement in these auxiliary commercial enterprises has made TMF vertically integrated in a way that keeps their products priced competitively.
From the minute you walk in the door, The Marijuana Factory makes an immediate impression. TMF’s aesthetic stands in sharp contrast to the standard “white wall, wood grain, minimalism” that has come to characterize much of the competition. If these other shops are striving to look like the “Apple store of cannabis,” you could say that TMF is leaning more toward “night club chic.” When a customer spins the wheel, everyone in the store at the time has a chance to win a prize. Lights flash and music plays while everyone cheers.