City Council President Steven LeBlanc was ecstatic to be the first customer at Gloucester and Cape Ann’s first pot shop.
Happy Valley Ventures, a medical and recreational marijuana dispensary and manufacturer, opened its doors at 38 Great Republic Drive this Thursday.
“This is an important industry that will bring not only a service that our residents wanted but added revenue in our schools, public safety, and capital projects across the city,” LeBlanc said. “And to show my support, I am going to be the first customer.”
As he exited the store, LeBlanc explained that he had purchased a flower labeled “Thank you Jerry” — to give him energy — and dark chocolate.
“It is top notch,” he said. “This is going to be hard to beat.”
The city councilor noted that the staff seemed very knowledgeable of each product and that the store layout was “clear, bright and open.”
The in-store experience features fast check-in and express pick-up lines, educational touch-screens, and an educated staff.
The store’s online menu — which went live Thursday morning just before Happy Valley opened for business — includes flowers, pre-rolls, vaporizers, concentrates, edibles, and accessories.
Company CEO Michael Reardon takes pride in his store’s thoughtful layout, in-house manufacturing, and high-quality cannabis but the interior was not the only thing he thought of when striving for excellence.
Happy Valley hired a local landscape firm to help create an outside aesthetic that fits with the rest of Cape Ann.
“They hired us because they wanted across the board to fit in with the community, to work well with the community, and they wanted to take care of the land and make it a beautiful place all around,” said Alexander Sands, owner of Annisquam Landcare Inc.
Sands’ company, which focuses on ecological design and maintenance, prioritized making sure “everything worked well