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SWADE Cannabis Debuts Flagship Dispensary in The Grove

Local Flair and Stunning Contemporary Design

SWADE cannabis, a St. Louis-based medical marijuana dispensary, announced the grand opening of its third location on April 16, 2021, a gem etched on the bustling street of Manchester Avenue in The Grove. The long-vacant location has since undergone extensive renovations resulting in a 7,500 square foot storefront which includes contemporary fabrication and finishes plus state-of-the-art systems and security.

“Being the largest SWADE Dispensary to date, special attention was paid to all aspects of the design to highlight The Grove location as our flagship store and hiring local talent from beginning to end, only solidified our goal of creating a destination admired for heavy doses of nostalgia.” Said Tom Muzzey CEO of BeLeaf Medical, “This store is a dedication to the creative, vibrant spirit of St. Louis encapsulating a strong collaboration of local talent.”

MIN+ Architecture was hired when the SWADE partners saw this once-empty warehouse as a prime opportunity to create a statement space. The design team embraced the industrial character of the building shell by exposing the steel roof framing and portions of the interior masonry. New steel beams were installed to maintain the expansive ceiling height and to allow natural light deep into the space. Two new custom cantilevered canopies highlight the new entry and exit.

While the majority of the brick and block front façade was maintained, it was critical to the SWADE Team to find a way to activate this solid wall and contribute to the lively commercial streetscape on Manchester. A local street artist, Jayvn Soloman, was tapped to design and install a custom mural. He was tasked with artistically interpreting the SWADE Brand and creating a colorful destination that would stand-out amongst other notable murals throughout the neighborhood and the results are phenomenal.

“In keeping with the eclectic and colorful vibes of the neighborhood, The Grove location boasts numerous artistic collaborations including a branded luminous ceiling print by Dave Bour at SuperDog Content, custom designed vinyl graphics by Donald J Fedorko at ImprovEyes, a colorful floral wall installation by the SWADE marketing team, interior benches made from reclaimed Douglas fir by local furniture designer, Jermain Todd with Mwanzico and open space for showcasing a rotation of local artists’ work.” Meg Holmes, Principal at MIN+ Architecture said, “all of which adds up to a unique, must-see space for reasons beyond just medical marijuana.”

Cissell Mueller Construction Inc. focused their efforts on making the building structurally sound and bringing it up to current codes as MIN+ focused their efforts on the design and finishes. The other dispensaries have earthy tones and finishes, while the Grove has much more color, light and movement. Cissell Mueller and MIN+ always wanted to maintain the building’s history.

“During demolition, we got a glimpse into the buildings history when we discovered a hidden whiskey barrel that could be accessed by removing a few bricks to draw the whiskey out. It was exciting to find this piece of history, possibly hidden during the Prohibition era, and to envision the evolution into a modern dispensary.” Said Morgan Stearn, Project Administrator for Cissell Mueller. Another special feature at the Grove location is the rear indoor parking and overhead door access at the front and rear of the building. The rear parking allows for more security and storage while the front overhead door allows SWADE to open up to the outside for community events.

“Legalized, medical marijuana sales along with thriving, plant-based medical marijuana use, is proving to be a strong economic force,” says Kevin Riggs, Co-founder at BeLeaf Medical. “We are thrilled to continue to grow and expand our operations into Downtown St. Louis

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Ellisville Dispenary Opening Date Announced

Swade Medical Dispensary will open its first West St. Louis County location in Ellisville on March 10, 2021 to Missouri medical card holders.

“We are focused on delivering an exceptional experience and will provide patients with the highest quality of medical marijuana in the state,” said Tom Muzzey, CEO of Beleaf Medical. “Patients deserve easy, convenient access to the life-changing medicines that improve their lives and we are honored to be able to provide this with medical cannabis.”

Swade has already opened the first of 5 dispensaries in the area and intends to carry a large variety of medical cannabis produced in the state. They have carefully curated a selection of items from the state’s most renowned cannabis companies, hand-picked to enhance the experience from start to finish. “Our dispensary is tailored to create an atmosphere that is open and inviting with a premium experience. We want you to feel comfortable in our dispensary and will help you find the perfect product and strain to meet your needs,” commented Jack Haddox, Director of Dispensary Operations. “You will find flower, edibles, beverages and other medical forms of product at our locations as soon as they are available.”

In the management of patient’s expectations and Swade’s desire for the patient’s experience to be as seamless and positive as possible, it is strongly suggested that anyone interested in visiting this location go to the website swadecannabis.com to learn more about our policies and procedures, especially around COVID-19. SWADE will be accepting cash and debit cards as well. Online ordering IS available and is encouraged especially for at-risk or immune sensitive patients. These products will be held at the dispensary for pick-up.

In addition to St Peters and Ellisville, there will be locations on Cherokee, Delmar and The Grove, all opening soon. The Swade brand will offer consistency throughout each location so patients know what to expect when they arrive, no matter which location is convenient for them.

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The Holiday Gift Guide

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Galve Recommends His Favorite Stocking Stuffer UNDOO

“There is much to be said about Undoo “The Cannabis Safety Net.” It’s all natural, with no cannabis, stimulants, sugar, CBD, or caffeine. I would recommend this product for both first time users and experienced alike.

I think it’s important to have something just in case you aren’t enjoying yourself and the effects aren’t what you desired.  I could see how this would be perfect for a beginning user who potentially bites off more than they could chew with an edible or a lifelong user who mixes up a favored strain for one that causes them anxiety and discomfort. I used Undoo softgel the morning after to relieve some of the morning fog that occasionally comes after a night of heavy use. I determined that it does indeed cut through a bit of the residual effects that can daze even the most experienced user. “

Addy Recommends Her Favorite Book “Finding Your Higher Self”

“I really love this book because it encourages me to try new and creative ways to consume cannabis.

I feel like the activities encourage mindfulness in what I’m doing and at times pushes me out of my comfort zone (in a good way!). With all the craziness in the world today, I find that it’s important for me to take time to focus on myself and this book is a friendly and fun reminder to do exactly that.

Some of my favorite recommendations in the book are related to exercise – like trying cannabis with yoga, on a walk, before the hym, etc.. – because the endorphins released after consuming cannabis makes exercise feel less like a chore and more of a thrill.

Rae (Rachel) Recommends The Beautiful – My Bud Vase, Coyote 

“The first product that caught my eye!”

“It is absolutely beautiful and I love the texture.  I love that it isn’t just a bong; I can use this as subtle décor. 

It is nice for special occasions; “My party trick” bong.  Looks like a cute vase, but…nope! Great gift idea for someone who loves art and plants.”

Gavin Recommends GRAV Sip Series – The Coffee Cup

“Picture your favorite coffee mug. That one you pick out every morning to help make sure you have a great day. That same coffee mug you love watching the steam drift out of as you clutch it between your hands, letting the cup’s contents warm you inside and out.

Now imagine if you could smoke out of that mug. Imagine that mug had a long glass straw that you could literally sip your bud out of, and that steam is a huge cloud of smoke just waiting to be imbibed. Sound like a perfect way to start your day? That’s what I thought! And I have been nothing but overjoyed since I got my Grav Sip Series Coffee Cup Water Pipe.

It is by far the smoothest piece I’ve ever used. True to its name, it truly feels like you’re sipping your product, letting you get the taste of every terpene in the arrangement. The glass, and especially the bowl, are sturdy and easy to clean, especially compared to water pipes with long stems that make it difficult to clean the bottom. Each pipe in the series fits intuitively in your hand, so that you don’t have to worry quite as much about it falling out of your hand and breaking.

Overall, these water pipes are just fun. Watching the smoke weave its way through these pipes, from coffee handle to milk carton, is mesmerizing. Their designs are unique and make a great addition to any collection, no matter the size.”

Samantha Recommends Her Favorite From The Feminist Weed Farmer “Growing Mindful Medicine In Your Own Back Yard”

“Madrone Stewart is an AMAZINGLY TALENTED writer, community counselor, and owner of Purple Kite Farms. She lives on her sailboat in Oakland, CA (which sounds exactly like something I would do if life dealt me different cards.) 

I personally connect with this book as I am also a female cultivator, I strongly believe in the power of holistic alternative medicine. I think she did a wonderful job of illustrating her hard-earned knowledge of the plant life cycle & the overall process of cultivation, while breaking it down and using more relatable terms. 

I am motivated and behind her 100%, as far as being an extremely successful woman in a very male-dominated industry. “

Marissa Recommends The GRAV Spherical Pocket Bubbler 

“Grav has truly outdone itself with the spherical pocket bubbler.It’s definitely a must have to add to your collection and brings out all the mad scientist vibes. Easy to handle, easy to clean and hits like a dream! Enjoy it during your personal smoke session or pass it around with friends, either way you’ll be happy you made the purchase!”

Daniel Recommends  Handmade Blown Glass Ornaments By Park Avenue Glass

“Not only are these beautiful ornaments locally made, but such a unique and thoughtful gift this holiday. Now is the time to help each other out as much as possible.  Choosing a hand blown glass ornament not only makes it one of a kind, but also helps support local artists and small businesses during tough times.”

Ro Recommends The Cali Crusher Lock Bag

“As a medical cannabis patient with pets and children in my life, the safety and accessibility of my herbal medication is my first priority. A Colorado study published in the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care reported a four-fold increase in the number of dogs treated for cannabis intoxication between 2005 and 2010, following the timeline of legalization in the state. The Pet Poison Hotline (855-764-7661) has documented a 200% increase in cannabis-ingestion related calls in the past five years alone.

You and I, reader, should both know that children and cannabis do not mix. EVER. A Massachusetts study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the Regional Center for Poison Control and Prevention (800-222-1222 nationally) saw a statistically significant increase of accidental pediatric cannabis exposure (from 29 to 69 cases in the four years preceding and following cannabis legalization in the state). Of primary concern were edible and concentrated cannabis products, which pose the greatest risk despite strict state requirements for childproof containers.

My intention is not to fear monger. It is to stress the importance of safety and the responsibility of each and every medical patient to keep our medicine out of the hands and mouths of the vulnerable, unfamiliar, or dangerously curious. For these reasons and others, namely privacy and ease of travel, I recommend keeping your products and accessories in a combination-lock, smell-proof storage bag.”

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Munchie Brunch & Learn Event

 SWADE Cannabis and BeLeaf Life’s Oils are teaming up with the Mellow Mushroom in Cottleville, Missouri to provide an educational event for people who are curious about Missouri Medical Marijuana. SWADE’s Product Specialist’s and Elevate Holistic’s Team will be there to educate and answer any questions that arise around this plant-based alternative.

The Munchie Brunch is happening Sunday December 6, 2020 at 11:00am at the Mellow Mushroom, Cottleville location. The menu will feature a special CBD infused beverage and guests will learn the fundamentals of cannabinoids found in the marijuana plant while enjoying delicious, elevated Mellow Mushroom pizza. Reservations are required for this complimentary event and tickets will sell out quickly.

This event is perfect for individuals who have their Missouri Medical Marijuana Patient card or those seeking to find out more information about qualifying conditions, how to begin the application process, and the medicinal benefits of the cannabis plant. This Q&A session is designed to teach and review the 123’s and ABC’s of THC & CBD. “We know there is a lot of interest around medical marijuana including the differences between CBD and THC” says Jack Haddox, General Manager of SWADE Dispensaries, “People have questions and we are here to provide answers within our community.”

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Our Swade Dispensary Opening Date Announced

(October 28, 2020) St. Louis, MO: Swade Cannabis’ first location in St Peters will open November 6, 2020 to Missouri medical card holders. 

“While it has taken longer to open SWADE than originally anticipated, we have focused all controllable efforts on delivering an exceptional experience and providing patients with the highest quality of medical marijuana” said Mitch Meyers, CEO of Beleaf Medical. “Being one of the first to have medical cannabis for the patients of Missouri is an incredible honor.”

SWADE medical dispensary employeesSwade intends to sell every form of medical cannabis produced in the state.  They have supply contracts with other Missouri producers to make sure every variety of product will be available.  “Eventually you will find flower, concentrates, edibles, beverages, topicals, and other medical forms of product at our locations as soon as they are available,” comments Jack Haddox, General Manager of Swade dispensaries, “However at opening we will be limited in product options and each medical card holder can purchase ¼ oz of flower per day for the first couple weeks, until more product is available.”

In the first few months, supply is limited as plants were just beginning to be harvested in September.  Therefore in the management of patients expectations and Swade’s desire for the patient’s experience to be as seamless and positive as possible, it is strongly suggested that anyone interested in visiting this location click here to learn more about our policies and procedures, especially around COVID-19.  We will be accepting cash and debit cards as well. Online ordering IS available and is encouraged especially for at-risk or immune sensitive patients.

 “Our team is extremely honored and prepared to serve the Missouri cannabis community with the highest level of service.  We have 12 years of experience in medical cannabis in states like Colorado, California, Michigan and Illinois” states Kevin Riggs, President. “We have both Physicians and a Pharmacist on our Advisory Board should patients need additional consultation.  Swade Managers have spent years working with patients advising on the benefits of medical cannabis usage.  We are excited about the number of jobs we are creating and the ability to bring diversity to our organization mirroring our patient base.”

Beleaf Medical made all five of their applications in the greater St. Louis area where they are headquartered, as they intend to be present in each of the five locations.  In addition to St Peters, there will be locations on Cherokee, Delmar and The Grove in St. Louis and a location in Ellisville. These will be open in the 4th quarter of this year and early next 2021. The Swade brand will offer consistency throughout each location so patients know what to expect when they arrive no matter which location is convenient for them.

ABOUT SWADE: Swade is Missouri’s premiere luxury cannabis company created to restore and enliven mind, body, and spirit. SWADE takes a holistic approach to cannabis, creating a premium experience from our elevated dispensaries to the lasting sensory impression of our products. SWADE offers an inviting atmosphere, informative approach and a love for precision in premium cannabis.  Photos available upon request.