Paper & Leaf’s decision to go bad and bougie was not a minor one; co-owners Stephen Kessler and Brendan Hill (who also happens to be the drummer of long-standing jam-pop arena rockers Blues Traveler) make clear that, especially as cannabis goes legal, it’s important to make the skeptics feel at ease just as much as the long-time consumers. (Oh, and the requisite ferry ride from Seattle to Brainbridge Island — they’ll pick you up in a complimentary shuttle — sure doesn’t hurt, either). With a wide range of local Washington flower and quirky edibles like Mr. Moxey’s Mints and Goodship Fruit Jellies, Paper & Leaf deliver the product as well as the experience. And the formula has paid off; they recently expanded into the adjacent building, where they sell shwag, coffee and more.
Listen in to this podcast interview with Hill and Kessler, below, recorded for the Hash podcast (now part of the San Francisco Chronicle), to hear more about the painstaking policies of starting a recreational dispensary in the state of Washington, the lessons they’ve learned along the way and why their taxes are so darn high.
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