Cannabis Retail Guide: Queen of Bud, Calgary

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Queen of Bud, owned by CEO and Founder Ashley Newman, is femme-forward cannabis shop in the heart of Calgary’s Sunalta neighbourhood.

Newman uses medical cannabis to treat endometriosis pain and told Vice that her store is a sanctuary, “a place where a woman can go and feel comfortable and feel safe.”

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The store is widely regarded as one of the most unique cannabis experiences in a city where chain retailers are popping up in all corners. While Queen of Bud currently operates just a single outlet, Newman, a serial entrepreneur, has plans to create a cannabis empire.

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Quick Hit

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You’ll feel like you’re shopping in a luxury retail store, with its white walls, rose gold detailing and high ceilings with crystal chandeliers hanging overhead. Positive affirmations like “be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody” can be found on site, cultivating a safe, warm atmosphere.

Vibe

Situated near a new LRT stop, Queen of Bud is easily accessible by transit and located amidst a flurry of trendy boutiques and shops. Nearby, you’ll find a filmmakers society, photography studio, and fitness centres.

The exterior of this chic bud boutique is detailed with white brick, silver signage, and light gold cannabis leaves sprinkled across the windows.

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Even more beautiful than outside, the interior of Queen of Bud is the perfect place for an Instagram cannabis moment.

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Across from the customer service counter, a black, rhinestone-studded couch sits in front of a wall of green leaves and pink silk flowers. It’s a great spot for selfies or just to hang out while you await your turn to place an order.

Customer Service

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Staff are generally busy fulfilling orders at the counter but are also available for personalized service. For a more intimate experience, snag a staff member to review options at high-top tables near where bud samples are displayed, or receive consultations in a private room separated from the sales floor by a serene indoor water feature.

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Products & Pricing

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Sniffer jars are organized by cultivar (indica, sativa, and hybrid) and are situated on white shelves mounted to walls at the back of the store. The shop carries a wide array of products from all major producers, including San Rafael, Broken Coast, Tweed, and many more.

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Accessories-wise, find a carefully curated selection of pipes, bongs, vaporizers and other ancillary items displayed throughout the shop in glass displays.

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What You Should Know

Like all Alberta cannabis stores, you must be 18 years of age to enter and may be asked to present a valid ID.

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There’s a major LRT station just across the street but street parking is also available in the vicinity. The store is wheelchair accessible.

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