The owners of Penhold’s first legal cannabis store say they’re excited about Thursday’s opening.
Father-son partners Mike and Carter Sawicki have been working to get Cannabliss open for a long time.
“We started the application process in May 2018, and it took us until July 2 (2019) to get our actual licence. The building’s been built since December or November. We’ve just been sitting on it, waiting patiently for the government,” said Carter.
“It’s surreal to be this close to opening. I definitely wasn’t expecting it to take that long, but it’s nice that we’re here.”
Having to wait more than a year to receive the licence wasn’t all bad, Carter added.
“We got to talk to other retail cannabis owners from other towns and learn from their mistakes. We’ve been able to avoid a lot of those mistakes. Obviously, we missed the initial boom, but that’s all right.
“We don’t know what the demand will be yet. We have some people who are very excited, come to our place regularly, knock on the door, come in to chat and check the place out while we set up,” said Carter.
Mike said Penhold is the perfect location to start the business.
“Because we’re not a chain, we’re a father-son combo, we thought we’d go to a community that didn’t have a ton of competition. We wanted to be more family oriented, more active in the community, and Penhold was a good fit for us,” said Mike.
The town has been welcoming leading up to the opening, he added.
“The mayor and council have been amazing to work with. They really walked us through the whole process. I think they’re just as excited to have a new business in their town as we are to be here,” said Mike.
Carter said he has always wanted to start a business with his father.
“He roofed for the past 25 years, so he’s getting a little old to still be up on the roof. I thought it’d be cool for us to get a business together.
“This opportunity came when we heard cannabis was going to be legal. Penhold seemed like a great community to start one, so we just jumped at it,” said Carter.