Cannabis Retail Guide: Tokyo Smoke, OshawaSoj Ramsay-TaylorJuly 31, 2019
The company, now part of the Canopy Growth family of brands, intially got its start as a chain of coffee shops focused on cannabis education and community, but despite being established here in Toronto, the first licensed Tokyo Smoke locations made their debut in Manitoba. The Oshawa location, which opened in late July is the sixth for the brand, but unlikely to be its last.
Lottery winner Jacob Stevens owns the license to the store, and he was initially going to call it Fabulous Leaf. Instead, Stevens chose to seek out the support of Tokyo Smoke, tapping their extensive experience in retail operations. He says that having their backing and skill has been extremely helpful in setting up the shop.
This storefront is ridiculously close to Highway 401, and with its plaza location near banks and big box retailers, Stevens says he has customers stopping by on their way to the cottage, plus locals from the surrounding Durham Region.
Though this particular shop is quite compact, it still manages to pack a punch with over 100 strains available on their product wall, plus several accessories and devices throughout.
This space was busy right when it opened at 9 a.m., but that doesn’t mean you’ll be rushed in and out. Past the security gate, friendly, attentive educators dressed in black are spread throughout the room, ready to help you with any product explainers or orders when you need it.
Informative placards and infographics are positioned throughout. There’s so much to observe and learn at this shop that you could spend quite some time going over each display area and reading the educational infographics on either side.
Grey-toned industrial shelving units pin the focus to Tokyo Smoke’s product offerings, which are in abundance throughout the room.
There isn’t really room for seating and the like, but approachable retail educators are on hand to discuss products and answer questions. Intensive training via Tokyo Smoke makes them indispensable counsel for novice and experienced cannabis consumers, and anyone in between.
You can place an order with any staff member holding a tablet and then head to the back of the store and supply your name to a cashier who will have your order ready to review and process payment.
Soon the shop will have DIY tablets where customers can independantly browse selections and place orders for pickup at the cash.
Product & Price
Prices here differ slightly from the online Ontario Cannabis Store, at around 50 cents to a dollar more. If you’re looking to offset shipping prices and pick up your products when you want them, walking into a local brick and mortar store is still your best bet.
Products range from dry flower and prerolls, to oral sprays, oils, and capsules.
Like its other establishments, Tokyo Smoke has conveniently categorized their ample strain selection into four collections, depending on their cannabinoid content. Go, Rise, Equalize, and Ease spell out the expected effects from your new bud, and sensory jars will let you inspect and sniff your selections prior to purchase.
Accessories and ancillary items are also available to complete your next cannabis experience. Stylish vaporizers, infusers, bongs, pipes, grinders, papers, storage solutions, rolling plates, and more are in no short supply.
What You Should Know
Like all Ontario cannabis stores, entrance to the store is restricted to those 19 years of age and older and valid identification is required. Being situated in a plaza, parking is plentiful and the store is easily wheelchair accessible.