It has been said, “simplicity is the highest form of sophistication.” Green Nugget of Spokane is analogous to this point. You feel the refined simplicity of this store the moment you walk in. The people are there to get you the products you need without the hassle of over-the-top glitz and glamour.
Owner Scott O’Neil was born and raised in Spokane and has a professional background in construction. When the opportunity arose to get into the medical cannabis industry, he knew his resilient work ethics would give him the stamina needed to take on the new venture.
“We are not rich investors trying to make another million, we are blue-collar workers; I was a ditch digger, [and] my manager was an electrician who is lucky enough to work in the marijuana business,” Scott stated.
Scott was running a medical cannabis retail/grow business, and when the previous owner decided to move into the producing side of the business, Scott took the reins and transitioned into the role of primary business owner and hasn’t looked back since. It is a good thing too, as Spokane needs a place like Green Nugget.
Scott explained the ethos of Green Nugget perfectly, “We want people to feel welcome and not feel as if they are going to get in trouble for touching something. We want people to feel as if they are getting helped by a friend; we try not to be pushy or up-sell people.”
Sometimes I just want to get in and get out of a store and, on occasion, dealing with the overly chatty barista or unnaturally bubbly salesperson at the mall gets on my nerves; it reeks of inauthenticity.
“When someone comes in, they are going to get an honest answer about the product they are looking at. We don’t push sub-par products to make a bigger sale. They are going to get a great product at a reasonable price,” Scott commented.
As consumers, we can all detect disingenuous charm, and at Green Nugget the authenticity is palpable. The staff at Green Nugget genuinely want you to leave with a product that is right for you, and they genuinely want you to be happy when you walk out the door.