- Instagram: @primocannabisspokane
- Website: primostores.com
- Address: 21630 E Gilbert Rd Otis Orchards, WA 99027
Primo Cannabis – Spokane, WA
When the city of Lakewood banned recreational pot sales under I-502, Ken and Steph Michelson, formerly the owners of S&K Green Goods, were left with a license to sell but nowhere to do so. They teamed up with Scott Mackie, a successful entrepreneur whose previous cannabis experience was limited to smoking and selling pot outside Seattle concerts in the ‘70s, and together opened a new store called Primo Cannabis in Otis Orchards. With Scott bringing the business expertise and Ken the cannabusiness know-how, Primo employs passionate, knowledgeable budtenders and an expert buyer named Katherine Yonker, whose knowledge of local growers has helped quickly build out their robust product line.
Whenever one of Primo’s partnered growers needs to move some of their product in a hurry, you can bet the store will feature it among their ever-changing daily deals. In addition to limited-time offers, Primo offers 15 percent discounts for different product categories every day of the week, whether it’s Munchie Monday, Wax Wednesday or the more open-ended Staff Pick Saturday. “Those deals are really important, because you have such a multitude of customers,” remarks Mackie. “There are the people who come in and want the top-shelf, and the people who are more budget-minded—we try to have something for everybody.” Veterans and cannabis industry professionals receive an additional discount on every purchase.
Drawing from experience managing amusement parks and specialty food shops, Scott and his co-owners have turned their nondescript, highway-side location into an eye-catching black and green pot pit stop—with ample parking, to boot. “I didn’t want a facility that felt like you were going into a doctor’s office,” insists Scott. “We wanted something with a cool vibe that people would really enjoy visiting, and want to come back.” Though they just opened this past January, the store features a backlit pink Himalayan salt wall that’s at least 200 million years old. Music and hanging artwork complements the striking indoor décor, while a 20,000-pound basalt monument stone stands outside the entrance.