Western Oregon Dispensary – Newberg, OR
We met the owner of Western Oregon Dispensary, Sherri, early one morning in the burgeoning suburb of Newberg, Oregon, just outside of Portland. Well-known for their wine, the pace out here is a bit more relaxed and refined. Western Oregon Dispensary has been open for almost two years, and began with medical sales due to a ban on the recreational market when the shop first opened. “But with some hard work and persuasive conversation in some public forums, we were able to turn [the ruling] around, and it’s been a good relationship ever since,” Sherri tells me. But every store is a battle to open in its own way, and there’s never a shortage of hiccups that demand attention: “Every one of our licenses has either been banned, picketed or appealed,” Sherri notes, but so far they’ve been able to overcome the red tape.
The lobby is comfortable and features beautiful local art and glass pieces to add to your wish list. Sherri said her shops are aiming for more of a one-stop shopping experience, and their selection shows it; a full array of edibles, flower and cartridges from award-winning companies are represented. “We weren’t the first state to go rec,” Sherri explains, “but [here in Oregon] we’re definitely pot snobs.” Western Oregon Dispensary also offers more non-traditional products like a Magic Butter Maker, just in case you feel like taking their top-shelf flower home and turning it into tonight’s dessert—quite the full-service shop!
Sherri’s business savvy and calm demeanor really impressed me. She takes a slow and methodical approach to growing her business, and her 30+ years’ experience in local business has served her well: she’s in the process of opening more locations, and currently boasts four shops. Western Oregon Dispensary also has two large grow sites that provide a portion of their product, as well as plans for an in-house cannabis kitchen, and they’ve collaborated with a top local purveyor of hard-to-find exotic foods to introduce some new food products to the market. I was really impressed with Western Oregon Dispensary and will make it my go-to stop before heading out to the beach or touring wine country!