The first recreational marijuana dispensary in Rosemont opened Monday, with its owners hoping to capitalize on a location near the Allstate Arena, hotels and O’Hare International Airport.
EarthMed, at 10441 E. Touhy Ave., is the second location for co-owners Gus Koukoutsakis and Mike Perez, who in 2015 were among the first in the state to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Addison. The Addison store added recreational sales a year ago when it became legal, and their original state license allowed them to open a recreational-only store by March 2021.
Following a ceremonial ribbon cutting Monday morning, the owners said they had been looking for a second location for some time, and found the Rosemont site advantageous because it’s near tollways and village entertainment venues.
“There’s no typical customer,” said Koukoutsakis, who is CEO. “You attract people from everywhere, even out of state being so close to the airport, being so close to the Allstate Arena. I think that the possibilities are endless.”
Monday’s opening was the culmination of five months of renovations to a 5,200-square-foot strip mall space — a former Racconto Italian eatery and neighboring vacant store. That came after 59% of Rosemont voters, in an advisory ballot question last March, said they were in favor of allowing recreational pot sales.
Village officials crafted zoning rules governing the dispensaries, allowing as many as two villagewide. Last month, they approved plans for another pot shop, Verilife, to take over a 4,800-square-foot brick building shell in the Parkway Bank Park entertainment district. It had been the home to a dueling piano bar for only a few months before closing amid the pandemic.