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Budtender Spotlight: Terrence

Name: Terrence

From: Columbus, Ohio.

“I transferred out here on a work-related thing. I was in grocery for a long time – but I did a 180 and fell in love with the weed industry.”

Weed history: “I moved out here and for the longest time I had the stigma in my head that smoking weed was wrong. But so many people here are so open about it and so I decided to try it.”

He moved to Vancouver in May 2016, tried weed for the first time in August 2016 and he applied for a job at The Herbery in October 2016, which he got, he said.

“I came in and bought some weed, smoked it, then said ‘I really need to work here.’ It changed everything. I wasn’t necessarily against it before, but I was misinformed. Now I just love it.”

“I love how everything communicates something different to my body. Every strain is different, edibles are different, RSO is different. I love all the cannabinoids and terpenes. It’s great.”

Favorite strains: “I love the way Fireline trims and cures. Their product is always beautiful.”

Napalm Kush is his current Fireline favorite, he said.

“It’s like a roller coaster. You’re happy and giggling and first and then you just take off.”

He also loves Doc & Yeti’s Dutch Treat.

“It’s such a great high with no crash.”

And for edibles his current favorites are Smokiez and Legal Sodas.

Customer support: “I think I’m best with people who are in for the first time, people from out of state,” Terrence said. “When you walk in here for the first time it’s like another world. I also love the old stoners – you can just kick back and chat with them and absorb their knowledge.”

Weirdest thing about you: “You’d probably never guess it, but I’m a Game of Thrones fanatic. I love the books, I love the series, and I love talking about it.”

Where do you want to be in five years: “I am definitely excited to see where this industry takes me. I’m open to the idea of moving up, and that’s possible. But I’m just living in the moment – I love coming into work each day, and I love smoking weed and making recommendations for people.”

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Budtender Spotlight: Corry

Name: Corry

From: Seattle originally, but he’s lived in Vancouver since he was 9 years old.

“I consider myself from Seattle. I like it here though. The people are super nice, and there are nice places around here to hike and camp, too.”

Weed history: “I started smoking with my best friends when I was 15, and I remember learning to hide it from my mom. My friend got a job here at The Herbery and told me how awesome it was – so I got out of the restaurant industry, applied here and got the job!”

Favorite strains: “I love love love Pineapple Express from Nettles. It gets me drawing. I’m a huge artist so I love it.”

He loves sativas in general. “Indicas kind of knock me out.”

He also likes Orange Cream Panda Candies.

“They taste the best,” Corry said.

Customer support: “My favorites are the first timers. They’re afraid of being embarrassed. I can get them hooked up. I also love older couples coming back to it. I just love the excitement of first timers and people who don’t have a lot of experience with it.”

Weirdest thing about you: “If I hear an accent I can’t help but copy it. There’s a cat boarding place next door and the owner has a thick English accent, and I keep picking it up. It’s embarrassing but it’s also funny.”

Where do you want to be in five years: “I see myself traveling, like a nomadic world traveler,” said the 26-year-old. “I’ve been wanting to do that for a while. First place I want to go is Thailand. There’s just something about the art and food there, I think it would be really cool.”

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Budtender Spotlight: Dominik

Name: Dominik

From: Los Angeles, California, originally, but he’s been in Vancouver for several years.

“I moved up here with my dad when I was 16,” Dominik said. “He’s an airplane mechanic with Alaska Airlines. I ended up falling in love with Washington.”

He graduated from Columbia River High School and spent four years in the Air Force as a combat photographer based out of Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.

“I ended up staying in Nevada for a while after that, then I went to California, and then I used a tax return to buy a ticket back here with just the clothes on my back so I could be with my fiance.”

Weed history: “I was nine, and one of my best friend’s older brothers had it. I had actually heard about weed before that from DARE, but they didn’t have much to say about it other than don’t smoke it, and I ended up trying it” Dominik said. “I like everything about it. It’s all natural. It’s used as a medicine. It’s relaxing. And it’s a better social thing to do than drinking.”

Favorite strains: Secret Recipe from Cascadia Gardens.

“It’s sticky. It’s always fresh. It has a very pungent aroma – and when you smoke it you get a real terpene taste. It’s a great happy, silly high.”

As a dab fan, he also likes Phat Panda concentrates quite a bit.

“I enjoy pretty much anything Phat Panda makes – and Sunshine Farms has been doing really well with their dabs too – I love their Tangie.”

Customer support: “I feel like I’m good with all customers,” Dominik said. “There’s something about the older generation that comes in that’s really great – they’re normally the funniest customers. The things they tell you – like about how they smoked Thai stick in Vietnam – it’s just absolutely awesome.”

Weirdest thing about you: “I have a leopard gecko and a pug, deerhead chihuahua and a pitbull that I love very much. I’m a big animal guy.”

Dominik also makes his own hip hop music and loves outrageous stoner humor. “How High” is one of his favorite films.

Where do you want to be in five years: “I want to be maybe farming,” Dominik said. “I’ve sold glass, weed, edibles. The only thing left to do is start growing it – and I haven’t even scratched the surface. There’s always something new to learn.”

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Budtender Spotlight: Matt

Name: Matt

From: Swansea, Massachusetts – near Fall River.

He’s also lived in Southern California, where he made wax for the cannabis industry, and Wisconsin periodically. Matt moved to Vancouver in late May after visiting a friend in the area and checking out the scene, he said.

“I visited a bunch of weed shops up here and just fell in love with the city,” Matt said. “I applied for a job at The Herbery as soon as I could and they hired me. I’m really happy to be here.”

Weed history: “I’ve been a weed smoker since I was a teenager,” Matt said. “I’ve always been interested in weed – even before it was legal I knew that this was what I wanted to do for a living.”

In California he worked for a delivery service briefly before deciding he wanted to learn how to make wax, which wasn’t available as a legal consumer product at the time.

“I was interested in trying it but nobody would tell me how to make it,” Matt said. “I had to figure it out for myself watching YouTube videos. And one thing I’ll say – if you use crappy dried up material in your wax, you’re going to get crappy wax. I’ve learned quite a bit about how to make it the right way since then.”

Favorite strains: As a dab expert – Matt recommends Dorado concentrates.

“The stuff from Dorado is pretty good, and Phat Panda’s Sugar Wax looks really good, but I haven’t tried it yet because I’ve only been here for a few weeks. That’s next on my list.”

For flower, he likes The Jack from Cascadia Gardens.

“That’s one of the best sativas I’ve tried in a while,” he said. “I’m a big fan of the fruity lemon strain sativas. I just don’t like the lazy aspects of a high.”

Customer support: “The customers who need weed – not just the ones who want to get stoned. I like to talk to people who use it for specific purposes and need information. I have a LOT of information. If they have questions, I have answers.”

Weirdest thing about you: “I have a pet tortoise in Massachusetts named Sheldon. He’s at my parents house but I’m going to bring him here once I’m settled.”

Growing up, his grandfather had a pet store – which let him have some strange pets as a kid, including a racoon.

“You can train a racoon, but once they reach sexual maturity they go back to being wild,” Matt said. “But I’m kind of an animal whisperer. I can make almost any animal like me.”

Where do you want to be in five years: “I would actually like to start growing again. Not a big grow, just a small one where I can pay my bills and stay happy. I’d also love to get back into making wax.”

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Budtender Spotlight: Sarah

Name: Sarah

From: Forest Grove, Oregon. She moved to Vancouver a few months ago to work at The Herbery.

“This is just a super chill state,” she said of her new home. “Everything’s so easy to get to.”

Weed history: “My brothers used to smoke really hard core – and I was totally against it,” Sarah said with a laugh. “My parents smoke too. I got shooed away when they used to smoke.”

But then came Dec. 28, 2005 – a date she remembers clearly.

“I went to my brother’s room before I was heading off to Alaska and asked ‘so are you going to load it with me before I leave?’ My brothers got me blasted and then I moved to Anchorage for a while. After they smoked me out I couldn’t wait to get home and try it again.”

Favorite strains: Her favorite strain overall is Jack Herer.

“I like sativas and I like that one in particular – it’s a powerfully motivating strain.”

She also like Strawberry Banana from Cascadia Gardens.

“It’s a hybrid mix of Banana Kush and Bubble Gum. It’s the best tasting weed I’ve ever smoked. For me, it’s the perfect high – I can socialize and I’m not too self-conscious.”

Customer support: “I really like picky customers, actually. I like the ones who come back and tell me if they don’t like something – because I always want to learn how to help them better each time. I love a good constructive criticism.”

Weirdest thing about you: “I have psychic dreams sometimes, and in general I’m just really into dreams. I don’t know if it’s actually psychic or just my brain processing something that it picked up – but one time I dreamed about making up after a fight with my boyfriend’s mom and that we made up and exchanged socks. The next day I woke up and we actually did exchange socks. I’ve had other dreams like that as well. I’m just into all that crazy dream stuff.”

Where do you want to be in five years: “I just spent three years in the electrical trade and this is so much better,” Sarah said. “I want to be doing this in five years. I’m on the edge of my seat with excitement every day just to come in to work here.”

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Budtender Spotlight: Nate

Name: Nate

From: Vancouver and Battle Ground. He graduated from Skyview High School.

Weed history: “I grew up smoking, since I was about 14,” the 21-year-old said. “I always dreamed of having a legal job in the industry and it was a wish I wanted to fulfill – so I applied for a job at The Herbery as soon as I could and I’m so happy I’m here.”

Favorite strains: Raw concentrate syringes – they’re new and they’re about 99 percent THC, Nate said, adding that in general dabbing is his favorite way to consume cannabis.

“I really like dabs because of their strength,” Nate said. “I like to get the most feel from the flower and I love strong head highs. The rush you get from dabbing is just the best.”

For flower, Nate also likes Green Jack and Bear OG from Cascadia Gardens.

Customer support: “I’m best with the older audience,” Nate said. “They like people with thorough knowledge that can walk them through things in easy steps. I take pride in my knowledge – especially knowing which terpenes have which effects and how to use them.”

Weirdest thing about you: “I’m an absolute anime nerd,” Nate said. “I’m all about anime, manga and I also really love video games. My favorite right now is Overwatch.”

His two favorite anime shows right now are Tokyo Ghoul and Bleach, he said.

Where do you want to be in five years: “I want to be a store manager or product tester. I’d like to try out new things and figure out how to set some standards for the industry.”

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Budtender Spotlight: Janet

Name: Janet

From: Born in California and raised in Vancouver, Washington. She graduated from St. Mary of the Valley High School in Portland.

Weed history: “My family grew it, actually,” Janet said. “Before we left Sunnyvale California we grew it with our apricots. That’s how I learned how to trim it, make oils, tinctures, edibles and all of that.”

Favorite strains: Janet’s a big fan of OG Kush from Cascadia Gardens and Jack Herer from Phat Panda.

And for edibles, she loves Evergreen Herbal’s 4.20 bite-sized brownies.

“You can eat a couple of those and then you feel really good – you’re not out of it, it’s just perfect.”

Customer support: “I love everybody, really. I love to make suggestions, especially for people who come in without a lot of knowledge. There are so many products to choose from.”

Weirdest thing about you: Janet’s gearing up for her first marathon!

“I get up at 4 a.m. and I run four miles every day,” Janet said. “Running in a marathon is one of my bucket list things.”

Where do you want to be in five years: “I’d like to be a manager or something like that,” Janet said. “Everywhere I am, I like to rise to the top. That’s who I am.”

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The Herbery opens third Vancouver store on I-205 and Mill Plain

Vancouver, WA — The Herbery, Vancouver’s award winning dispensary chain, opens its newest location at I-205 and Mill Plain this Friday.

Located at 330 NE Chkalov Dr., behind Burger King and Elmer’s restaurant, the new Herbery aims to meet the demands of East Clark County and those traveling along I-205. The new 2,500 square-foot store is the chain’s third Vancouver location and is the closest store to the Oregon border along the freeway.

“We think the new location is going to be very convenient for everybody on the East Side – Camas, Washougal, Orchards,” said Jim Mullen, The Herbery’s chief operating officer. “We also hope to become a tourist attraction for visitors from Portland and other Oregon cities.”

In March, 2016, The Herbery received the first ever Best of Clark County award for a cannabis store from The Columbian newspaper. The Herbery has a strong focus on customer service and features many products from local Clark County growers and processors, such as Cedar Creek Cannabis (another Best of Clark County award winner), Fairwinds Manufacturing and Sunshine Farms.

The company has more than 50 employees across its three Vancouver locations, including its first shop at 212 NE 164th Ave., Suite 11 and second shop at 6018 NE St. John’s Road, Suite D. The Herbery is the only dispensary chain serving East, West and Central Vancouver.

The Herbery’s first two stores have paid nearly $5 million in state excise taxes since they opened. Excise tax money funds health services, prevention efforts, research and education in the state of Washington.

The new location has ample parking and is in a growing part of the city near Trader Joe’s and Fred Meyer, which should make shopping even more accessible, Mullen said.

“We believe people who use I-205 will find the new location is a huge convenience, freeway access is the best of any Vancouver cannabis shops” Mullen said. “We’re very excited for our new location.”

To celebrate the new location, The Herbery has also dropped its prices on top shelf flower at all of its locations.

As the fall harvest continues, the store also anticipates an influx of low-priced sungrown cannabis from popular growers Golden Leaf and Pioneer Farms. The first strains will likely arrive by the end of October.

Mullen said he’s thrilled to open The Herbery’s third location and hopes customers will come by for the Grand Opening celebration this weekend.

“We’re very excited,” Mullen said. “It’s been a long haul to get here with our third store, but our landlords have been great, the state and the city have been great to work with, and we hope to have even more stores opening in the future.”

For more information, please visit https://theherberynw.com/.

About The Herbery: The Herbery opened its first store in Vancouver, Washington at 212 NE 164th Ave., Suite 11 on February 5, 2015, with a goal of providing exceptional customer service and a genuine love and respect for the industry. Since then, it has opened two more stores in the city, on 6018 NE St. John’s Road, Suite D and the newest location at 330 NE Chkalov Dr. In March, 2016, The Herbery was awarded the first ever Best of Clark County award for a cannabis dispensary from The Columbian newspaper. For more information, visit https://theherberynw.com/

For more information:

Contact Jim Mullen, chief operating officer, The Herbery, jim.mullen@208.110.150.151


What: Grand Opening of The Herbery’s new location off I-205 and Mill Plain.

Where: 330 NE Chkalov Dr., behind Burger King and Elmer’s restaurant.

Operating Hours: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

When: Grand Opening Celebration, October 14-16.

Specials: Special vendor appearances and sales! Through the weekend, all Fairwinds and Spot products are 20 percent off, and paraphernalia is 15 percent off. Limited specials: (One per customer while supplies last), Doc and Yeti ½ gram vapes are $25, and Cascadia Gardens ACDC, Dutch Treat and Jack Smack strains are $6 per gram or $20 per eighth.

More information: https://theherberynw.com/

THC infused sensual oil

Botanica Seattle launches BOND sensual oil at both Herbery stores

Botanica Seattle, maker of Spot Edibles, Moxie’s Mints and Proper Chocolates, has launched its new BOND sensual oil line at The Herbery’s two Vancouver locations at St. John’s and 164th.

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The company, based in Seattle, spent more than a year developing the product, which is designed specifically for women’s sexual enhancement, said Jude Brown, the marketing lead for the product.

“It’s not actually considered a lubricant,” Brown said. “But it does have lubricating properties. It’s not a lube because it takes about 30 minutes to go into effect. It’s more of an enhancement product.”

The company first released BOND in October, 2015, and the popularity has outgrown Seattle Botanica’s ability to make it, especially after a story came out about it in The Stranger, she added.

Sometimes it can be difficult for consumers to talk about sensual products, so Brown said she hopes consumers will check out the customer testimony and frequently asked questions sections of the company’s website to learn more.

“We want to make it more comfortable for people to talk about this,” Brown said. “It’s something that most people don’t feel comfortable talking about: Sex. So our marketing is really to help break those barriers so people feel open about asking questions.”

To deal with the steady demand, the company has limited the number of retailers to one or two stores in each area of the state, with the Herbery becoming the exclusive provider in Vancouver.

“The demand has just blown up everywhere,” Brown said. “It’s a super-concentrated product. You get about 30 uses per bottle, and a little goes a long way.”

The product uses Clean Green Certified cannabis from Emerald Twist and food grade coconut oil. Each bottle contains 150 mg of THC in 1 fluid ounce.

General dosing is 4-8 pumps from the bottle, which can be applied internally or externally, Brown said.

“You could eat it if you wanted to as well, but that’s probably not the best use for it,” she said.

Botanica Seattle started out as an edibles company in October, 2014. BOND was a product the company had considered from the start, but it took about a year to complete testing and make improvements, Brown said.

“BOND, we made it to help women who may have lost touch with their sexuality,” Brown said. “It’s really a tool. So many products are geared toward men. This one is really designed to enhance a women’s sexuality without side effects.”

The Herbery partners with Analog Cafe for Tim Burton burlesque show

The Herbery has partnered with The Analog Cafe and Theater in Portland to bring “A Burlesque Nightmare Before Christmas” to Analog’s fall lineup.

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The show will feature a wide array of director Tim Burton’s work, recasting scenes from “Pee Wee Herman,” “A Nightmare Before Christmas” and other shows and films in the burlesque style, said Donnie Rife, the theater owner.

“It’s essentially girls and boys stripping as their favorite Tim Burton characters,” Rife said with a laugh. “It’s all burlesque.”

Jim Mullen, chief operating officer at The Herbery, said his company decided to support the show both as a way to reach out to the Portland community and as an effort to help Analog continue to provide a cannabis-enthusiast focused entertainment lineup at the theater.

“Donnie Rife also facilitated Sir Mix-A-Lot’s appearance in our store and opened the opportunity for us to sponsor that show,” Mullen said. “Analog Cafe is very popular, and we think that our customers will enjoy the show, and we also hope some new customers will come to visit our store after seeing it.”

The Herbery will have street teams in Portland handing out flyers for the event – which include a 10 percent off discount at The Herbery’s two locations at 212 NE 164th Ave. or 6018 NE St. John’s Rd, Ste. D in Vancouver.

“Whoever brings those in can get 10 percent off any one item, including glass,” Mullen said.

Visitors can’t use cannabis at the Analog Cafe, but Rife said they’re welcome to consume prior to attending the show – although he cautioned that visitors shouldn’t smoke and drive.

“It’s a pro-weed community here for sure,” Rife said. “And this is a great show for that.”

Tickets are $12 at the door and can also be purchased through Analog’s website here: http://www.analogpdx.com/shows.html 

Shows begin at 6 p.m. on Nov. 29, Dec. 6, Dec. 13, Dec. 20 and Dec. 27. The Analog Cafe and Theater is located at 720 S.E. Hawthorne in Portland.