Cannabis Retail Guide: Queen of Bud, CalgaryDeidre OlsenJune 26, 2019
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Even more beautiful than outside, the interior of Queen of Bud is the perfect place for an Instagram cannabis moment.
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.
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.
Products & Pricing
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.
Accessories-wise, find a carefully curated selection of pipes, bongs, vaporizers and other ancillary items displayed throughout the shop in glass displays.
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.
There’s a major LRT station just across the street but street parking is also available in the vicinity. The store is wheelchair accessible.