The fact that this store has 4.8/5 stars when compared to other businesses in Seattle says something about the people who are reviewing this place.
Don't get me wrong, but I don't think it makes sense for every store to be 5 stars because they sold you weed and it's right down the street. It seems the reviewing consumers of this establishment are probably denizens of U District with limited traveling capability / insight on this sort of business as a whole.
This is not my preferred store, despite being the closest one to me.
My main issue here is the prices. They're jacked up a considerable amount. For an eighth you'd pay $45 for here, you can get the same one for $36 a few minutes down the road. Same strain, same grower/company, etc. This alone is why I don't shop here and choose to go to other stores.
If The Joint matched competitor's prices, the convenience of this location by UW makes it ideal to do business with for me, yet I'm continually unimpressed by the selections.
Let's move on to the quality and product selection. As expected, weed store has weed store products.
You'll find the typical array of flower, concentrates, edibles, drinks, cartridges, possibly some topicals/tinctures/etc. that has become standard across dispensaries, whatever.
I don't like how many labels I read of prerolls or flower that included pesticides from most of the companies that sell product here.
The service is excellent, the employees and what I presume to be owner are friendly and helpful. But that's industry standard to have good service in businesses featuring cashiers. However, I feel confident enough the crew here would go above and beyond to answer your questions or cater your reasonable requests. I do not like having to turn my driver's license in while in the store, but it is their insurance policy against people grabbing weed and running out of the store with it.
The atmosphere is average. Not alot of character in this store, not alot is wanted or needed really. The large "The Joint" sign is the biggest aesthetic the store has, and that's all good.
Overall, not the best store because the prices. You are paying for Seattle minimum wage and the convenience of location and state tax on the product sales, so at least by shopping here you're contributing to society.
It's not a bad store, but probably doesn't really need to improve anything they're doing because business seems like it won't be stopping any time soon, given there's a self replenishing market of university students nearby whose pockets are rife with their parents' foreign money to bank on.
The world keeps turning anyway
I'd shop here again, but only if I don't feel like risking losing my parking spot in front of my apartment to go to a more preferable establishment.