Medical marijuana dispensary review: The Wellness Shop in Denver

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The green and white paint job of The Wellness Center stands out along a drab of East Evans like a bowl of dank in a sea of schwag. But it isn't until you park that the actual size of the building comes into focus. The place is huge, which owners say fits the concept of a completely self-sustaining cannabis business perfectly.

The Wellness Shop

5885 E. Evans Ave. in Denver
303-756-3762
www.thewellnessshop.org

Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.
Owner/manager: Jeremy and Jennifer
Opened: May 2010
Raw marijuana prices for members: $12/gram, tax not included.
Raw marijuana prices for non-members: $14/gram, tax not included.
Other types of medicine: Hash, edibles, tinctures, all made in-house.
Handicap accessible? Yes, fully ADA compliant.

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Paperwork was a breeze, giving me time to read over some 1950s-era issues of Popular Science on the waiting room's coffee table while another patient ahead of me finished up.

The shop has an Eastern vibe going, with statues of Buddha, tapestries of repeating Om symbols, Japanese-style bamboo mats and world trance music pounding out of a stereo in some back room. It reminded me of the entire city and idea that is Boulder.
Finally, the woman ahead of me finished up and my budtender, co-owner Jennifer, came out to greet me and give me a brief tour of the space before taking me back to the bud bar. She pointed out rooms for yoga classes as well as another space where The Wellness Shop plans to build an infused-product kitchen.

Several rooms were either closed off by doors or had curtains hung over the front. But a massive grow was clearly located somewhere in the building, because the smell of organic material and blended cannabis strains wafted through the place. It's amazing what pseudo-legality can do. Just a few years ago, this was the type of smell problem you would want to avoid at all costs. Today, it's just part of doing business. The shop used to offer massage and yoga in some of the pace, but it's since shut the two down due to lack of interest. Co-owner Jeremy says he hopes to turn the space into a community meeting room.

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We eventually made it back to the bud bar, which was a cozy, tiny space compared to the rest of the shop. Its style was more multi-ethnic, with another Japanese-style bamboo matt and a brightly colored oil painting of three olive-skinned women holding gifts behind the bar, which stood in the middle of the room. Herb could be found in mismatched jars along two of the back walls, while edibles, tinctures and assorted cannabis smoking utensils were kept in the glass and wooden cabinet that made up the bar space.

Jennifer really knew her shit and was a blast to talk to, rattling off the genetics of each strain I asked her to pull down and giving an anecdote about how she reacted to them. A lot of the strains looked to be grown really well, but when the top came off the jar, they lacked the distinct punch in smell I was expecting. For example, the cut of OG Kush just didn't have the rubbery tang you want, despite a well-developed flower and heaping spoonfuls of trichomes. There were similar issues with cuts of the Bananna Kush, Gucci and P-Phunk -- despite all looking mouth-wateringly good, with proper trimming and glowing crystals under the light.

The shop also had two types of hash in stock, both overpriced at $50 and $40 a gram. Not that the quality was bad, but compared to Essential Extract's "solventless wax" icewater hash that sells for under $40 a gram, it was hard to fork over any money for concentrates this week.

In all, the center had above-average, warehouse-quality meds that could use just a little bit more TLC in their final stages before hitting the shelves. It's not a huge issue by any means, and certainly nothing the shop can't change with a few more days of curing on the next harvest.

What they could change now, though, is the pricing.

I went to check out, thinking that my split eighth for $40 and half-gram of hash for $16 put me at a reasonable $56. But the shop doesn't include taxes in its pricing (due to the new law, my budtender said). So I ended up paying over $60 -- and that's including member pricing that reduced the price by 20 percent. Nonmembers would end up paying well over $50 for just an eighth, which is pretty hard to stomach these days. Jeremy noted that the shop tries hard to keep things in house, and as such, the cost of doing business is a bit higher than at other centers -- but he took note of my suggestion to consider a price drop.

Page down for strain reviews and photos.


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will love to visit the place after reading here about..thanks for giving us a very brief information.

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Sarah0807
Sarah0807

I go to The Wellness Shop because I trust Jennifer and Jeremy and that means a lot.  And their strains are wonderful, with the ability to get rid of my pain.  The prices are right and I'm a happy customer.  I could go to some strange place and might get a cheaper price, but I value my privacy.  This is the only shop for me.

CedrickD1
CedrickD1

William Breathes strikes again.  Good one here.  We've got to go check them out because what is kush if it's not of the highest quality?

dr. angelface
dr. angelface

good review on an outstanding shop. thank you!

Jennkilbourne
Jennkilbourne

Thank you for the kind review "William." We appreciate your criticism and will work hard to improve our patients' experience. I hope you are feeling better btw...that was a pretty nasty head cold you had the other day. I imagine it would be difficult to smell much of any thing through those stuffed up sinuses you had. ;) Take care,

Jennifer Kilbourne

William Breathes
William Breathes

Jenn,

thank you. I'm feeling much better.  ;)

-WB

Mary Tyra
Mary Tyra

Yes, perhaps you could come in and give another review without a cold?

Jeremy Kilbourne
Jeremy Kilbourne

We appreciate the review and the critical words to think about.  We always try to produce the absolute best product we can without shortcuts and always in absolute compliance with the law.  Needless to say that is an expensive proposition. With just three of us doing everything as a truly independent small shop, we often find ourselves months without a day off, so getting out there to figure out an accurate "market rate" within a few dollars can prove difficult.  We opt for charging based on our actual cost of doing business and just make the best meds we know how.  On a side note, thanks for pointing out the cure issue, I also have noticed that with those strains.  I have to note that we are harvesting now, the best cannabis that we feel we have grown at The Wellness Shop, so stop by in the next couple of weeks and I think you will find that we have sorted that cure issue out.  Thanks again,Jeremy

William Breathes
William Breathes

Jeremy,

thanks for your comment. It was good speaking with you the other day. I always enjoy talking with owners like you, who seem to truly have a passion for what they are doing. I look forward to my next visit and your next harvest.

Cliffhydro
Cliffhydro

Any chance we could see some recommendations for doctors? I'm up for renewal like a lot of people. Where should we go?

Ry Prichard
Ry Prichard

Yeah the Hanis you saw at Natural Remedies was an S1 version and much different, then we have the Bob Saget, which is Hanis x SAGE.  There's a table of real Hanis coming up next harvest... and it's gonna be black and evil-looking thanks to winter temps.

Jeremy and Jennifer are great people, and it's always nice to see a true family-owned shop where the same two people are always in there.  I got some of the Hanis about a month ago (possibly previous harvest) and it was nice and flavorful until the bowl burned to black, tasted pretty spot-on.

Prices are always tough... hopefully they'll figure out a way to lower them, because I do think it would help get more bodies in the store.  Best of luck to them regardless, they're one of the shops I've always liked.

Jeremy Kilbourne
Jeremy Kilbourne

Actually its the same cut of Hanis that you guys have over there, we just ran it slightly shorter than Tierra Rojo does. 

Sixx8299
Sixx8299

Way to expensive for my blood. You should try Riverock some of the best budder for sure.

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