A Toronto Dispensary Goes High End in Downtown Toronto – Surface Magazine

Sophisticated. Art, classical music, literary taste. A word reserved for the virtuous pleasures of life and the most appealing adjective I could come up with to describe Edition, probably the most polished dispensary in Canada. Set in the eclectic Dupont Street in the entrails of Downtown Toronto, the space—which could easily be confused with a high-retail fashion boutique—was conceived by architecture firm StudioAC and Ryan Roebuck, the CEO behind this endeavor. 

“It’s been an amazing collaboration with the team at StudioAC,” said CEO and founder Ryan Roebuck. “Jennifer Kudlats and Andrew Hill presented us with the design concept, and they entrusted us to fill in the blanks with them,” he continues, highlighting that every single detail in the space was collaborative and made with intention. “We didn’t just pick out some fancy marble and wood on a mood board. We wanted to build spaces that would evoke a feeling of intrigue and wow using high design to create unrivaled experiences in cannabis.”

Edition could easily be the antithesis of the headshop, what used to be the only paradise for stoners looking to get trippy bongs and glowy merchandise, colorful Rastafarian gear, and ultraviolet posters featuring outer-space visitors. None of that can be found in this brutalistically clean space, one so immaculate it almost requires reverence to come in, a humbleness reserved for places of worship. “We are trying to break the stigma around cannabis by creating beautiful retail spaces that reflect those already in the day to day lives of our community,” says Roebuck. “Our stores are different from what has become the norm for the industry. We believe that luxury is high design, high-quality products, and impeccable service. They’re extraordinarily intriguing and inviting and we believe that it will resonate with both the connoisseurs and cannacurious.”

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