The Novel Tree: Bellevue’s Dual-Access Point for Recreational and Medical

The Place

The Novel Tree is a high-end dispensary located in the city of Bellevue, fifteen minutes from downtown Seattle, with two separate stores under one roof: one for medical patients and one for adult recreational customers, each with its own distinct ambiance.

The recreational store is open and airy, with a Pacific Northwest feel: natural wood grain and exposed piping balanced with sleek, modern displays. “We try not to have everything hiding behind glass,” says co-owner Allie McAboy. “As much merchandise—non-cannabis, of course—as we can, we have out on tables and displays, for you to touch and feel, just like you would in a traditional retail environment.”

On the medical side there is more of a clinical atmosphere, similar to a pharmacy, and patients can schedule a discrete appointment with a Department of Health-certified cannabis consultant.

The Novel Tree
The Novel Tree

The Product

The Novel Tree prides itself on high-quality, sustainably-grown products, with as much inventory as possible being clean green, certified kind and organically-grown.

In the flower department, Allie is most excited about Secret Gardens of Washington, Mt. Baker Gardens and Freya Farm. “They’re certainly our top three favorites,” she says. “They’re all really high-quality and consistent. Everything they produce is just killer weed.”

And beyond flower, especially on the medical side, customers have been raving about Fairwinds Manufacturing, who Allie says is changing lives with products such as PTSFree and their Extra-Strength Citrus Tincture.

The Novel Tree
The Novel Tree

The People

The Novel Tree is owned by husband and wife team Chris and Allie McAboy, who opened the store in 2014. Their website says “our owners are stoners,” but they’re more than that; they’re true connoisseurs who take their role as cannabis curators seriously.

All of this is the result of a vision Chris had after traveling to Amsterdam in his twenties. Sitting in cafes, smoking joints, surrounded by people from all walks of life, casually enjoying something that—until then—he’d been taught was taboo, spoke to him on a deep level. It instilled in him a dream of someday creating something similar back home. And together, he and Allie—and their dedicated staff—have done just that.

Location: 1817 130th Ave NE, Suite B. Bellevue, WA 98005 (425) 867-2700

Store Hours: Mon-Sat: 9am-9pm, Sun: 9am-6pm | Twitter: @TheNovelTree


Miles Sinclair

Everyone’s got a story. Mine is that all my life, I’ve managed to attract and surround myself with the most fascinating, unreal individuals, who challenge my sense of what’s possible and what life is all about. Cannabis does that too. This industry is made up of brave, fiery souls who dare to venture beyond the norm. Our subculture spans all demographics and defies generalization. And I get to write about it! Being able to tell the stories of the people I meet, and how we’re all connected through this amazing plant is a dream come true.    

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