Peanut butter and jelly. Paul McCartney and John Lennon. A bow and arrow. Salt and pepper.
A cannabis dispensary and art gallery?
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Saturday morning in Benicia at STIIIZY, and the customers and workers were both hoping that the new cannabis dispensary — the first ever in Benicia — can be a successful combination like the ones mentioned above.
STIIIZY Benicia will contribute over 39 jobs to the area and signals a new era when cities recognize cannabis’ transformative potential and work collaboratively with cannabis companies to positively impact the community, a news release from STIIIZY stated.
The retail space for cannabis will include a 600-square foot art gallery, featuring an exhibition by Arts Benicia Presents that will feature works by artists with studios located in the historic Arsenal District of Benicia, including Paula Boas, Laura Garcia, Joe Garcia, Susan Marcus Sachs and Randall Sextona.
“I think it’s fantastic and classy,” Arts Benicia Executive Director Celeste Smeland said while viewing the gallery. “This is great for Benicia and I’m proud to have another venue to showcase this art.”
Benicia Mayor Steve Young cut the ribbon with a big pair of scissors with STIIIZY Senior Coordinator Victoria Kernen.
“Thank you for being so welcoming to us,” Kernen told the crowd. “We love Benicia already and we look forward to this new partnership with the city and our customers out here.”
Before the big moment, Young gave a speech to the numerous people who had lined up ready to check out the newest venue that took over three years to come to fruition.
“It was difficult at the beginning as there was concern by some about what a cannabis dispensary meant to this community,” Young said. “I’m confident that we chose the right company coming forward. They are the