Kushism, located in Van Nuys, is loaded with cute. Cute art, cute little ornate figures and glass pieces, as well as cute budtenders. The manager, Priscilla, who is totally darling and engaging, shed light on the hodgepodge décor best described as a Marvel-meets-Warhol mishmash that manages to work quite nicely.
A love of comic books and pop art thrives here and the girls even wear caped Marvel T-shirts on occasion. A Wonder Woman bust watchfully overlooks bowl pieces and a giant pointillism Madonna portrait dominates the back wall. The house dog is named Batman and funky little doodle figurines come to life as pipes, card holders, and a makeshift joint rest.
It’s not all smoke and mirrors though, as the strains and service are absolutely top notch. Kushism’s strain stockpile has a three-tiered classification system that delineates the quality of indica, sativa, and hybrid herb. The cream of which is labeled for connoisseurs and is placed on the top shelf behind the counter. For me, Priscilla recommended the Kushism OG, a tasty indica flower she said clears her mind and helps her sleep soundly. There are buckets of bud for every ailment and need at Kushism, and plenty of other products to look at while you’re there.
Having carved itself a place in the local community, Kushism greets regulars by name and offers more than just great cannabis. “I’m part bartender, part nurse, part therapist,” Priscilla beamed proudly. She failed to mention she’s a singer, despite belting out into tour-quality sing-alongs to the Motown hits on the stereo. Honestly, you’ll probably leave singing, too.
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