Tres THC hombres
Bijou Wellness Center is a local old-timer, having appeared in our first issue of ReLeaf in April 2010. But new ownership has brought change and a new name: BWC is now Three Buds Wellness Center (2132 E. Bijou St., 465-2407). The move comes after former Maggie's Farm employee Reed Mason and two friends bought the business in June.
Mason says they're still working out the kinks, so there's not a ton of innovation yet, but you can find one unique product for sale: "We do old-time hash," the owner says. "Nobody else really does it in town.
"It's done with a sifter instead of heat or cold process, kind of like the way they used to do it. In the old days, in Afghanistan and Pakistan, they'd beat it, and then the women would roll and pound, is how they made their bricks. ... It's a different taste, different texture."
The medical-marijuana center also offers 15 percent off everything to military veterans and those who work within the marijuana industry. "There's a lot of owners out there that don't give discounts to their employees," he says, "so we give discounts to everybody [with a badge]."
Banking and incubating
According to the Denver Post, a Colorado Springs company that currently builds grow houses and leases them to growers will move to Denver. In doing so, Advanced Cannabis Solutions will open the state's first marijuana-business incubator and, possibly, its first banking institution.
"The idea is for the incubator space on the second floor, but if there's a banking opportunity, that would be explored," CEO Robert Frichtel told the newspaper. "It's an ample amount of space to do many things."
The building will be called The Greenhouse, and features 15,734 square feet, a bank vault and 2,000 safe-deposit boxes.
• The only gubernatorial candidate to be endorsed by both Wyclef Jean and tha Doggfather himself will speak at Speak Easy Vape Lounge (2508 E. Bijou St., speakeasycannabisclub.com) at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 30. "Come hear Independent Candidate for Governor, Mike Dunafon, talk about how we can change the status quo, help support the cannabis industry, and give people freedom of choice," says the event, which also touts the appearance of his running mate, local banker Robin Roberts.
• Halloween-heads who are 21-and-up can jam with the band Robot Peanut Butter & the Shooting Stars at 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31. The recently expanded Studio A64 (332 E. Colorado Ave., studioa64.com) is the place; tickets are $5.