Sunnyside in River North will be fully staffed until Sunday and has brought in backup staff from other stores and from its head office to help take orders outside the store, Erkes said. Budtenders will feature an express menu to speed up the process.
“Our safe probably has 25% more product than it typically has over a weekend,” Erkes said.
Dispensary 33, which launched Chicago‘s first medical dispensary almost six years ago on North Clark Street in the Uptown neighborhood, opened its first recreational dispensary in May on Randolph Street in the West Loop after a protracted zoning dispute and license on a NuEra dispensary offered across the street.
Bryan Zises, director of Dispensary 33, said he lost the zoning battle “at every turn,” but ended up opening the Randolph Street dispensary first and remains the only recreational cannabis store in the trendy neighborhood.
“We are staffed to handle all the crowds that come in and we are delighted to do so,” Zises said.
At Ascend by MOCA on West Ohio Street in River North, the dispensary stocked up on top-selling items including pre-rolls, chillums, vapes, flowers, and edibles, as these products are “the more suited to the concert experience, ”said Chris Melillo, Head of Revenue. agent for Ascend Wellness Holdings, a New York-based multi-state cannabis company that owns the dispensary.