Cannabis Retail Guide: J. London, London
J. London wouldn’t look out of place in Toronto’s posh Yorkville neighbourhood, only this cannabis store is located in the southwestern Ontario city of London.
Situated between Urban Outfitters and El Furniture Warehouse, find the legal cannabis retailer tucked away from bustling Richmond Row in a corner unit set back from the street.
The store, licensed to Ontario lottery winner
Ranjit Basra, is an indie operation shaped with the help of consultants, David Craig and Stephen Keating of J. Supply Co
. The vision for the store is stylish and approachable, but above all else, it puts customers first and offers an opportunity for self-discovery.
Outside, black ropes and giant sans serif J. could be mistaken for a hip night club, but inside, it’s cannabis—not cocktails—for sale.
Cannabis culture gets a makeover at this bud boutique where glass and concrete contrast against wood and polished brass accents. Soft gallery lights put cannabis and accessories front and centre, while staff stationed at the entrance offer warm, personal greetings.
Shop hi-fi, low-fi, or however you like. Self-serve touch screens provide tools for strain selection while the express counter facilitates fast transactions, though there’s no need to rush.
Shoppers are welcome to take-home oversized menus printed on newspaper and sniff bud samples on display in glass and brass vessels—custom-machined sensory jars, monogrammed with a perforated J.
The company is especially focused on community and aims to hire local-first and with an eye for diversity so that every type of consumer can find someone relatable to assist them.
Products & Pricing
The cannabis on display represents only a fraction of the selection on offer. The menu catalogues an array of dried flower and prerolls under the headings: indica, sativa, hybrid and attempts to further organize strains by high-, medium-, and low-THC content.
Aside from flower, there’s also oils and capsules available alongside a tightly curated selection of accessories showcasing predominately Canadian-made content: Krush
cannabis grinders, raw edge Futo
rolling trays, and hand-blown dab rigs from Nish Glass
are among the standouts.
What You Should Know
Like all Ontario cannabis stores, you must be 19+ to enter the store and consumers are required to present a valid ID at reception before proceeding inside.
Street parking is metered on Richmond, and the store, at ground level, is easily accessible for all.
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