Cannabis Retail Guide: Tokyo Smoke, Yonge Street, TorontoHarrison JordanMay 8, 2019
For the uninitiated, Tokyo Smoke is part of the Canopy Growth family of brands but it first established itself in the city by operating a chain of coffee shops. The Yonge Street location is the first licensed to sell cannabis in Ontario though outlets in Manitoba have been doing so for months.
For now, the store is relatively small but it’s going to be a big one. Just 1,500 of the 6,500 square feet of it is up-and-running, but it provides a complete cannabis shopping experience to those that wait in the short line outside.
Branded by Tokyo Smoke from top to bottom, the store is located in the heart of downtown Toronto near the intersection of Yonge and Dundas in the former flagship HMV store.
You may have bought records there at some point, but now you’ll find cannabis.
The design-minded retailer exudes a bright-white vibe from the inside, and it feels like taking a stroll through a home décor store.
The single-room showroom encourages patrons to walk around and check out the displays of cannabis products and placards along each wall.
Products are conveniently laid out across categories–all pre-rolls, capsules, and oils are situated on the same horizontal rows as each other, making it a breeze to identity what’s available for sale.
Featured buds are displayed in pearl-white smell jars—complete with a plug on a string that you can remove to take a whiff—but only represent a fraction of the expansive selection of strains in stock. The rest are identified via postcards which list strain specifics including potency, terpene notes, and pairing suggestions.
When you’re ready to place an order, approach one of the workers with a tablet, who will enter your purchase and send details electronically to one of the five check-out tills at the front of the store, where your selections await for final purchase.
Products & Pricing
In addition to the strong selection of Tokyo Smoke and Canopy related offerings, you’ll also find cannabis products from a wide variety of unrelated producers, including 7Acres, Canna Farms, Solei, Royal High, Edison, Ace Valley, and Liiv.
Pricing here is pretty reasonable. On par or slightly higher compared to the OCS, which is not so bad considering you don’t have to pay a shipping fee.
The accessories collection, found throughout the store, is highly curated and includes stylish artisanal-style bongs, cannabis oil infusers, vaporizers, pipes, and ephemeral essentials like papers, cones, crowns, and more.
What You Should Know
Parking is available mainly in private lots in the area though the store is located on Yonge St. just north of Dundas Station so it’s easily accessed by transit. It’s also wheelchair accessible.
Be prepared to present a valid ID. Security guards are posted at the doors and only allow 19+ individuals inside.