Vapor Room – San Francisco, CA
When I walked into Vapor Room on a vibrant Saturday, the January 19 Women’s March was commencing at the Civic Center a couple blocks away. Employees were ecstatic to work that day, planning connections with new customers. When I toured, it was their third week in business after a sudden closure in 2012 due to zoning regulations. A man healing from chronic illness returned to Vapor Room after many years; store president Martin Olive, remembering the man, was awestruck at how well he looked and learned the returning customer ate live resin as part of his health regimen. This is a place of magic, balance and unity. One can walk in and find what they seek without hesitation or stay a while, smoke or vape in the lounge and make new friends. “I want modern consumers to feel at home here. This is a place where a techie could pass a vape pen to an old-school smoker from Hippie Hill,” says Olive.
Olive founded Vapor Room in 2004 and followed through reopening the store after tumultuous politics displaced many canna-businesses, including theirs. Supporting Vapor Room means supporting a business founded on collective values — they are purely grassroots and set high standards for California consumption lounges. “This isn’t corporate cannabis,” emphasizes Olive. “This is California cannabis.” One could count the scales installed throughout the store as a symbol of justice and balance, a celebration of — and respect for — cannabis.
Vapor Room highlights products from multiple Flow Kana farms, including a partnership with Moon Made Farms’ Tina Gordon, whose sun-grown cannabis is cultivated with regenerative practices. “We curate the best in [the] market and rotate stock as a seasonal menu,” notes Olive. Although Vapor Room features predominantly sun-grown products, they also offer select indoor cannabis such as Sherbinskis and Northern Emeralds. OM’s Epsom salt bath soaks and Lion Balm topicals are also popular hits with customers.