Despite being arguably the historic home of cannabis counter-culture in Canada, Vancouverites are not exactly spoiled for choice when it comes to regulated retail weed in this fair city.
Today, one of the 11 approved cannabis retailers, Kiaro, opened its flagship store at 1316 Kingsway.
Describing themselves as a “Vancouver-based brand specializing in the retail sale of cannabis and cannabis accessories,” the new location is offering patrons a modern-looking shopping experience, currently offering dried flower, pre-rolls, tinctures, and capsules, from licensed producers that include Aurora, Canopy Growth, and Tilray.
“When you engage, inform and empower, you can change hearts and minds to end the concerns surrounding cannabis use,” said Daniel Petrov, the CEO of Kiaro in a statement. “As a Vancouver-based brand, we’re delighted to bring a socially responsible cannabis retail experience to our hometown. By working closely with local government, businesses and residents, we intend to become the guiding light that proves cannabis retailers can, and do, make a valuable contribution to society.”
The company calls their Vancouver store “the extension of the retailer’s footprint across Western Canada, as Kiaro expands nationwide,” as the store already has two locations open in Saskatchewan, and is currently a contender in the second retail licence lottery in Ontario.
The store layout follows a minimalist design and offers places for customers to sit down and learn about cannabis choices, uses, and safe dosages — something that will become even more important as cannabis edibles are added to the roster of available products at the end of the year.
“As we move towards the acceptance of cannabis use, Kiaro is focused on delivering customer-forward service that surpasses expectations,” said Eleanor Lynch, the company’s senior vice president of operations. “We provide the tools, information and resources for customers to not only make their own informed decisions, but also to be empowered to share this knowledge with others and become cannabis advocates themselves.”
Where: 1316 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC
Time: Monday – Sunday:,10am – 8pm