Local is at the heart of Buds Cannabis – it’s in their commitment to community, to local artisans and to their customers.
Locally owned and operated on the Saanich Peninsula, owners Dustin Ereiser and Megan Turpin brought the Peninsula its first cannabis retail shop opened in December 2019, opening the original Buds Cannabis location in the heart of the Keating industrial park.
Encouraged by the warm reception they received, and the requests for a “closer-to-home” option for those on the north Peninsula, in May 2021 the two opened their second shop in the heart of Sidney, on Second Avenue.
Store managers Michelle and Sebastian, both longtime Buds team members, are keen to share their extensive knowledge – with those new to cannabis, and with those more experienced consumers who may be interested in trying a different cannabis product or strain, for example.
“We strive to have a friendly, knowledgeable and comfortable environment for our customers to shop and our employees to work,” Megan says. “And with a vast selection of cannabis products and accessories, budtenders have a variety of options to help customers find the right fit for them.”
In store and online, Buds offers everything from flower and pre-roll to oils and edibles, including cannabis drinks. There are vapes, concentrates, capsules, sprays and topics – even seeds if you want to try growing your own!
Customer comfort is key, especially with so many new products and strains, and new ways to consume or use cannabis, Michelle notes.
“It’s essential that customers feel they can ask their questions and know that we’ll spend the time with them to ensure they’re getting the right product for their unique goals.”
With Buds’ emphasis on local, giving back is a big part of their philosophy. In addition to sourcing glassware from local artisans, for example, at the Sidney store, you’ll see a rotating selection of local artwork hanging in the window – if you’d like to be featured, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Keating team was also happy to contribute to the Central Saanich Community Garden.
“The Saanich Peninsula is very tight-knit, with a lot of support for local, and we’re happy to support the community that supports us,” Michelle says.
They’ll also have a table at this year’s Sidney market, where they’ll be pleased to answer questions people may have in a comfortable community setting.
In-store, customers will also be able to show their love for local with Buds-branded swag.