OWOSSO — Oz Cannabis, a medical and recreational marijuana dispensary, is set to open soon at 204 W. Main St. — the former home of the Owosso Trading Post — in downtown Owosso.
Currently, major renovations are underway inside and outside the building, the plans for which were approved by the Owosso Downtown Historic District Commission.
“We’ve spent a lot of time finalizing our plans. It’s going to be a beautiful building that maintains the personality and integrity of the historic district,” Jamie Garmo, general counsel for Oz Cannabis, said.
The company’s four other dispensaries, in Detroit, Ypsilanti, Bay City (management only) and Traverse City, have all opened since December 2019.
What sets the Owosso store apart from the others, Garmo said, is a newly conceived design, to be replicated in future Oz Cannabis facilities.
“The Owosso store is going to be our flagship,” she said. “It will be a model for all of our stores, not only for our architectural and design goals but for having quality products.”
The one-story building facade will feature copper and glass in front, and exposed brick on the east wall, she said. Inside the 1,600-1,800-square-foot space, customers will be served at six stations that adhere to social distancing guidelines related to COVID-19. The setup also maintains customer privacy, she added.
“I think in the long run, even after (the pandemic) is over, this might be the new norm,” Garmo said.
For now, Oz Cannabis is leasing the building with an option to purchase. Garmo said its location is ideal, with a strong presence on Main Street and an adjacent parking lot, along with plenty of street parking.