New cannabis business opens in former clinic space downtown – Vashon

Vashon’s first — and only — cannabis retail shop opened on Monday in downtown Vashon.

Euphorium — one of now five stores in Western Washington under the same name — has taken up residence in the Steneker building at the south end of town. It’s a quick start, given that the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Control Board only issued the venture’s license late last month.

Bentitou, who is also involved with the different ownership groups of the other Euphorium shops, described his vision for the Vashon store as being “neighborhood-centric.”

“This is a community-based store, not mass market,” he said in a recent interview with The Beachcomber. “The staff will get to know the customers who come in regularly. We hire from the community whenever possible, and we’ll be putting an emphasis on local growers.”

He added that their business model is focused on consumer education.

“We want to make sure that people

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