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EVENT RECAP: Budtender Appreciation Day – Colorado 2016

By: Meghan Ridley

Tech Thursday: Budtender Appreciation Day Colorado 1

Colorado welcomed DOPE Magazine’s Inaugural B.A.D. Party, held on Sunday, August 28 at the NATIV Hotel in downtown Denver. B.A.D., the now infamous acronym for Budtender Appreciation Day, is by design a day to pamper, recognize and show gratitude towards Colorado’s budtenders, cannabis shop team members and shop owners.

Over 500 budtenders and invited guests flooded the doors upon the event’s opening, with a steady flow throughout the evening. As guests entered the hotel lobby, they were met with the swanky surroundings of the NATIV consisting of a distinctive retro flare mixed with boutique charm. Trays passing by with light bites, along with optional cool beverages created an inviting, yet relaxing atmosphere.

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A B.A.D. Scavenger Hunt lured attendees to undisclosed locations within the hotel, as each sponsor had an individualized footprint at the event by way of a dedicated hotel guestroom. Within these spaces, transformational experiences exclusive to their brands brought together the Colorado community in celebration of cannabis. Upon conclusion of the scavenger hunt, attendees who had hit all designated areas had access to the DOPE-est swag bag ever known to man, or rather, budtender.

The night wouldn’t be complete without two of Denver’s most sought after DJs spinning in an exclusive lower level of the property called The Stereo Lounge. The Stereo Lounge also hosted the official #BADPartyCO Instagram Give-a-way Contest, which lent itself to offerings such as a white water rafting trip for four, a snowboard, some seriously high-class glassware and so much more. The most creative and unique photos were awarded gift upon gift of extravagance and were called out via the winner’s Insta alias.

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Thank you to our title sponsor, Pure Greens and main sponsors, Craft710, Eureka Vapor and Willie’s Reserve for creating such spectacular experiential activations. Additionally, thank you to our swag bag and give-a-way contributors, Apothecanna, Bullet Concentrates, CW Botanicals, Futurola, Game of Zonk, Hemp Way Foods, Miss Mary Jane Co., Strainz, Sweet Grass Edibles and Trichome Institute for your donations, which added an entirely new dimension of pizazz.

Lastly, thank you Colorado for the opportunity to host this amazing event in honor of our industry’s finest, the beloved Budtenders. This epic night was surely one to remember!

Listen up Washington recreational shops! You get your very own B.A.D. Party on Sunday, September 25 at Metropolist Seattle. Keep an eye out for your shop’s invitation coming soon!

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