Lo­cally owned cannabis shops ready to open

Stores of­fer large prod­uct se­lec­tions, one-stop shop­ping for cus­tomers

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - WEEKEND - ERIN PETROW

When le­gal­iza­tion takes ef­fect, Cierra Seiben-Chuback will be one of the youngest recre­ational cannabis shop own­ers in the coun­try, and her store will be one of few in Saska­toon ready to open on Oct. 17.

Her pas­sion for the in­dus­try be­gan in 2016 af­ter she was di­ag­nosed with rheuma­toid arthri­tis and be­came a medic­i­nal user. When she won the per­mit lot­tery, she im­me­di­ately started cre­at­ing dead­lines to make sure she would be up and run­ning the mo­ment le­gal­iza­tion takes hold, she said.

“It was a rat race be­tween me and the other Saska­toon re­tail­ers to get our devel­op­ment per­mit in to the city. So they passed the by­laws one evening and I was at city hall the mo­ment they opened the next day to hand in my devel­op­ment per­mit,” Seiben-Chuback said.

“I’m an ea­ger beaver. I think that’s due to univer­sity and be­ing so used to due dates, so I heard Oct. 17 as a due date — I have to have it done by then.”

Her plan ap­pears to be work­ing. Liv­ing Skies Cannabis is ready for le­gal­iza­tion day and will re­main open seven days a week in its impressive home on Third Av­enue. Seiben-Chuback said she hasn’t set her hours yet, but her plan is to stay open as late as pos­si­ble to cater to the many res­tau­rant, bar and ho­tel pa­trons in the area.

She aims to cre­ate a one-stop shop for all recre­ational cannabis needs by of­fer­ing a wide va­ri­ety of strains with vary­ing THC and CBD lev­els in pre-rolled joints, tinc­tures and gel caps as well as the tra­di­tional cannabis flow­ers — even go­ing so far as to of­fer her cus­tomers the op­tion to pur­chase cannabis and have it di­rectly de­liv­ered to their door by one of Seiben-Chuback’s “bud­ten­ders.”

“I think that’s go­ing to be a pop­u­lar op­tion on our -40 C days here in Saskatchewan,” she laughed.

So far, Liv­ing Skies Cannabis is the only cannabis shop plan­ning to of­fer a wide va­ri­ety of smok­ing and va­p­ing ac­ces­sories, with a heavy em­pha­sis on bongs, along­side its cannabis op­tions. Seiben-Chuback said it sim­ply makes sense to have ev­ery­thing the user needs un­der one roof.

“I want to be the one-stop shop, so I do have a large se­lec­tion,” she said. “I just wanted to have it all here — if you can stop at one place for all your cannabis needs, I’d love to be that per­son.”


Owner: Cierra Seiben-Chuback Ad­dress: 208 3rd Av­enue South Phone: 306-343-9333; Check In­sta­gram

Say hello to Saska­toon’s home of the Big Bud and other craft and or­ganic cannabis when The Pot Shack opens at a con­ve­nient east side lo­ca­tion.

Ge­off Conn, one of the own­ers, said the shop aims to open on Oct. 17, but with con­struc­tion still on­go­ing early in Oc­to­ber, he would rather push the open­ing back by a few days than have his cus­tomers wor­ry­ing about lean­ing in wet paint.

The shop will of­fer a small se­lec­tion of smok­ing ac­ces­sories — in­clud­ing a be­gin­ner “stash kit” con­tain­ing ev­ery­thing a first time user would need to get ac­quainted with the plant and learn how to use it — the main fo­cus is cannabis and pro­vid­ing the best qual­ity craft and or­ganic op­tions in the city, Conn said. “We will have a se­lec­tion for cus­tomers who come in and want to try smok­ing from a pipe or va­por­izer, So we will have pre-rolled prod­uct and that sort of thing for those cus­tomers as well — but at this point our fo­cus is to just pro­vide that par­tic­u­lar prod­uct.”

Conn said the heavy fo­cus on craft cannabis — in flower, gel cap and tinc­ture form — means the shop will stock a few op­tions that likely won’t be of­fered else­where in the city, in­clud­ing Whistler Cannabis and strains with buds that dwarf the smaller tra­di­tional cannabis flow­ers.

“We’ve got some re­ally good sup­pli­ers now and hop­ing to get some more in the fu­ture that are more of a mi­cro grower that have been grow­ing for years and are now le­gal­ized,” Conn said. “They don’t put out a large vol­ume in a year, but we’d love to cap­ture what they ’re grow­ing and sell it through our store and on­line.”

Though Conn lives in Al­berta, his busi­ness part­ners are based in Saska­toon. He said open­ing this shop was an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity and a bit of a home­com­ing for him af­ter pre­vi­ously liv­ing in Saska­toon.

“We’re kinda com­ing home and we want to have some fun with this ... We’ve got all the plans in place to help the cus­tomers and hope­fully that will all work, but chances are we will have to stand back and make some changes,” he said.

“But this is the first time ever across Canada where all the stores that are open­ing are just do­ing it by blind luck and ed­u­ca­tion.”


Own­ers: Ge­off Conn, Ja­son Brem­ner and Stephen Haynes

Ad­dress: #3-1115 Grosvenor Av­enue Phone: 306-477-0420; Check Face­book and In­sta­gram


Ge­off Conn is owner of The Pot Shack. He says that the heavy fo­cus will be on craft cannabis.


Cierra Sieben-Chuback in­side her recre­ational cannabis shop Liv­ing Skies Cannabis, which is set to open its doors on Oct. 17.

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