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GreenBean —- the newly opened Woodlake cannabis dispensary — hopes to set itself apart from competitors by offering customers a personalized shopping experience.
When customers walk into the 4,000 square-foot building, they will notice a difference. The dispensary is bright, spacious, and customers can see into the showroom from the lower lobby.
A receptionist takes the customer’s information and driver’s license. As soon as the customer walks into the showroom they see a floor-to-ceiling guide to the different strains of cannabis and the effects.
A budtender then asks the all-important question: “What do you want to achieve?”
Prices online include taxes so customers always know what they will pay even before walking through the door. The average ticket at GreenBean is roughly $60.
Director of Operations Michael Dunaway is responsible for the “comprehensive” shopping experience.
Dunaway is a tall, slender, well-spoken man who would look just as relaxed behind a corporate desk as he does towering over glass displays of cannabis. If you have a question about the industry, Dunaway will most likely have an answer.
On Monday, he stood under a large light fixture fashioned in the GreenBean logo. Wearing green and white lace-up Vans, he spoke about the nine-year labor of love to open.
“We were in a place that was smaller than this lobby. It was probably the size of some breakrooms,” Dunaway said. “It was really building it from the ground up… It’s the embodiment of the American dream to build it up to this point.”
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GreenBean has humble beginnings.
The Tulsa, Okla. native’s first experience with cannabis wasn’t until 2011 after he moved to Los Angeles and met his wife. Before dedicating himself to cannabis, he was