Kent County’s first recreational marijuana shop opens next week –

LOWELL, MI — Kent County’s first recreational marijuana shop will open at 9 a.m. Friday, March 13.

If you’re planning to swing by, come early, because staff at the 1965 W. Main St. dispensary are anticipating long lines with waiting times ranging from one and a half hours to two hours for their grand opening.

“To be the first one in Kent County is absolutely just an overwhelming joy for us,” said Kyle Miller, director of strategic relations for Meds Cafe. “We’re real excited to show West Michigan what we have to offer.”

The store will open Friday with a “wide selection” of cannabis flower, cannabis concentrates, extracts and oils, CBD products and more.

Regular dispensary hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.

Touring the dispensary, one can’t tell that just half a year or so ago the shop was a Family Video. Scott Schroeder and Michael Atkins, the founders and owners of Meds Cafe, started renovations on the location in late 2019.

The pair own a medical marijuana shop located in Rogers Township near Rogers City in northern Michigan. That provisioning center opened in April. Initially, the pair were hoping to open the Lowell location in January 2020.

Related: Kent County’s first recreational marijuana shop could open January 2020

Meds Cafe is keeping the renovations to the sales floor area under wraps so customers can experience it themselves. Miller called the decor “rustic industrial.”

“We want our customers to leave here knowing that the experience was everything they hoped it would be, and we hope that folks realize that Med’s Cafe is here to help them with any of their cannabis needs and hope that they feel compelled to return,” Miller said.

The sales floor has six points of sale, allowing up to six people,

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