HOLYOKE — Compared to some of the big businesses currently dominating Massachusetts’ recreational marijuana industry, Frank Dailey said he knows the new cannabis dispensary he opened last week, Boston Bud Factory, is “the little guy.”
But Dailey said such a distinction is what helps make the city’s second adult-use marijuana store, at 73 Sargeant St., unique. It gives him an opportunity to provide customers with quality marijuana products and cannabis education in a more relaxed, individually-focused environment.
“We don’t want to be the big guys,” Dailey said. “We want to be the little neighborhood store.”
A Springfield native, Dailey attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. He soon became a process engineer until he moved into working in operations management. He co-owns Boston Bud Factory with Carlo Sarno, a Longmeadow businessman who Dailey described as a “background manager … he’s support and I’m the day-to-day.”
The recreational marijuana dispensary first inked a host community agreement with the city of Holyoke in May 2018 and was given its provisional license by the state Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) about a year later. The store was granted its final retail license in April, but did not get the green light to open until just recently.
Dailey said he was an economic empowerment applicant with the CCC, a program implemented to give priority review and licensure to businesses looking to open in areas that are disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs. Dailey plans on holding job fairs at nearby Nueva Esperanza when it’s safe to do so, as he wants the store to hire employees who live in the neighborhood.
The selection of products on Boston Bud Factory’s 800-square-foot retail floor at the moment include vaporizers, joints, flower, edibles, tinctures and other items from suppliers within the state, including Green Thumb Industries, which manufactures marijuana products at 28 Appleton St. in Holyoke. Dailey said he wants