Owners Jerrie and Dash Paine have done a lot of things right with Old Toby. Most importantly hiring qualified, helpful, and friendly staff. “Our staff are some of the top young men around, with an unequaled wealth of knowledge and unmatched customer service,” smiled Dash. The culture created by the staff here makes everyone feel welcome.
Entirely Lord of the Rings-themed, the first thing new customers will notice is a painting of a whimsical wizard puffing smoke rings that covers the front of the building. When brainstorming ideas for names before opening, the owners watched “The Hobbit”. When Gandalf tells another wizard to, “try some Old Toby to calm your nerves,” they knew that they found the perfect name.
The storefront opened on 4/20 last year and has steadily grown into Chehalis’ favorite cannabis retailer. Coming from Arkansas, where Dash was a registered nurse for over thirty years, the Paines saw recreational cannabis as a business opportunity that could actually help people. “With so long in nursing, I’ve seen tragedies and the dark side of life, but this focuses on the positive,” Dash shared.
There is no shortage of options at Old Toby. They feature over 90 strains, with an exclusive group including Wounded Warrior, Purple Elephant, Cherry Pie and Old Toby. Old Toby is of a CBD-rich variety that was bred on Whidbey Island for over a decade and is said to enhance short-term memory. Grown by Green Vault in the same building as the store, Old Toby is able to procure the freshest product and maintain exclusive partnerships for their namesake strain.