UPDATE: Coastal Holds Grand Opening, Plus Weekend Events

Santa Barbara City Councilman Oscar Gutierrez chats with an employee at Coastal Dispensary during the store’s Sept. 12 grand opening.

A grand-opening, ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Sept. 12 at the long-awaited adult-use recreational cannabis Coastal Dispensary, 1019 Chapala St., Santa Barbara. 

General Manager Ryan Bishara said the opening was a long time coming, but he is happy with how it all came together. The company also had a grand-opening weekend specials from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 13 through 15. 

For the grand opening, Santa Barbara City Council members Megan Harmon, whose district includes the Coastal Dispensary site, and Oscar Gutierrez helped out at the ribbon cutting.

Harmon said the dispensary’s opening is a “new chapter” in Santa Barbara business history. “It’s a new opportunity for the city,” she said.

Bishara said he was not sure how many people would attend the Thursday grand opening, but he was happy with the scores of folks who showed up to show support and buy products.

Weekend events, for guests who are 21 years old and older, featured merchandise giveaways, discounts, specials, vendor promotions and food trucks.  

The new dispensary is 6,000 square foot of “state of the art retail” with an airy, high ceiling space in a building that used to house a staffing company in front and a dance studio in back. 

Bishara said the company already operates a manufacturing facility on Santa Barbara’s Eastside with a total of some 50 employees there and in the new shop. The company plans to do more hiring including delivery drivers, dispatchers, “budtenders,” a receptionist and assistant store manager. 

The general manager said the new dispensary features a variety of products from Santa Barbara, Carpinteria and Northern California. They will range from high-end, luxury products to more affordable wares as well, he said. 

Coastal Dispensary also plans to do business in Lompoc and San Luis Obispo as early as December. Other Southern California locations are in the planning stages. 

Coastal marketing chief Devon Wardlow said the company will include a “Coastal Cares Program” in which its employees participate in ongoing community volunteer programs and activities.

Coastal is the second full-service cannabis dispensary to open in Santa Barbara. The Farmacy at 128 W. Mission St. opened two weeks ago.

For more information, see https://www.coastaldispensary.com/ 

Posted Sept. 9, 2019. Updated Sept. 12, 2019.

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