Although recreational use of cannabis has been legal in Canada for six months now, getting your hands on some bud at a store isn’t always easy, especially in Ontario where, until recently, cannabis was sold exclusively online. For cannabis company Tweed, retail operations are a critical part of their self-imposed mandate to educate Canadians on the plant. “Working towards de-stigmatization is a huge component of our stores,” says vice-president of retail Lacey Norton.
With more than a dozen stores in Newfoundland, Manitoba and Saskatchewan and plans to open even more, Tweed sells a variety of cannabis strains, which they grow in a handful of greenhouses, including at the former Hershey’s chocolate factory in Smiths Falls, Ont., and some from partner growers. Their cannabis products are available in the more traditional flower form as well as soft gel capsules, oils and pre-rolls. Tweed also offers accessories such as specialty smoking and storage equipment and have plans to capitalize on their chocolate-making connection once edibles are approved in October.
According to Norton, Tweed’s stores are designed to offer a welcoming space where customers from all walks of life can feel at ease asking about this newly legal consumable. “It really has a warmth and it creates the intention for people to feel comfortable and a place that’s familiar to them and not what people would traditional expect of a dispensary,” Norton says. “We really wanted to challenge people’s expectations of what dispensaries look and feel like.”
Tweed, 189 Water St., St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, 709-701-6015, tweed.com.
Fashion Art Toronto (FAT) is back with five days of runway presentations, photography, multidisciplinary art and film. Running from April 24 to 28 at Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas St. E.), this showcase of contemporary and experimental fashion and arts follows the thematic vision of movement, featuring the diverse perspectives of emerging and established designers. Featuring runway presentations of 35 designers as well as the Seneca Fashion Arts graduating students’ collections, the closing show on April 28 will highlight Evan Biddell’s Karl Lagerfeld Tribute collection. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit fashionarttoronto.ca.
Dyson has launched four new devices, each with the goal of improving users’ well-being. To reduce eye strain, the Dyson Lightcycle is a task light that provides the proper illumination for every time of day, while the Dyson Pure Cool Me is a personal fan that purifies in addition to cools through in-house technology. Two new offerings in the vacuum category include the Dyson V11 Absolute, a cord-free machine that can capture particles as small as 0.3 microns, and the Dyson 360 Heurist, a robot vacuum that learns and adapts to the home.
The Ontario Textile Diversion Collaborative (OTDC) has hosted a symposium to address textile waste diversion and recycling in the province, where it’s estimated that 500 million tonnes of postconsumer textile waste are sent to landfills each year. The OTDC is led by an independent organization of more than 40 stakeholders including Value Village, Fashion Takes Action and the Salvation Army as well as government bodies such the cities of Toronto and Guelph. At the symposium, the OTDC launched a public awareness campaign aimed at combating the massive problem of textile waste. For more information, visit fashiontakesaction.com/textile-diversion-lab.
Hot on the heels of its 15th anniversary, the Drake Hotel has added a new property to its roster. The Drake Motor Inn is a two-building guesthouse in Prince Edward County, Ont. Designed in the style of a classic roadside motel, it has 12 pet-friendly guestrooms accessed through digital self-check in. Its unique amenities include a Drake vending machine, complimentary vintage Polaroid cameras on loan and a communal living room, outdoor terrace and fire pit. Located nearby the Drake Devonshire property, the Drake Motor Inn is now taking reservations ahead of its official opening on May 31.