After much anticipation, the fourth of the five retail cannabis licensees in Toronto began taking customers on Monday.
Tokyo Smoke is now open at 333 Yonge St, in the location of the former HMV building. After missing the April 1 deadline, the business has continued the same visual theme seen in its other locations in Manitoba.
Sleek, modern, and monochromatic, the store is offering 104 different strains of cannabis, according to a press release. Budtenders use tablets to pull up strain information and pricing, filling a virtual cart with product until it’s time to check out.
The strict rules around cannabis displays make it difficult to interact with products, but the store offers several touch points that allow customers to see — and smell — the flower before purchase.
Small round orbs with a windowed front containing flower can be picked up to look at a particular strain in closer detail. A plunger can be removed from the front to take in the aroma.
The store is more similar to The Hunny Pot then any of the other cannabis storefronts. The store is currently only a small shopping space at the front of the building, though the much larger upper level is currently being renovated.
According to the manager, once the upstairs portion is renovated, they expect to be the largest licenced dispensary in the country.
Overall, the chic design and more interactive displays put it as one of the more stylish and interesting dispensaries on offer in Toronto, including a nearby Yorkville competitor.
Tokyo Smoke is now owned by Canopy Growth, but in 2015 started as a local coffee and head shop, selling high-end cannabis merch in Toronto. It still has several locations across the city that do not sell cannabis, offering coffee and accessories.