The cannabis industry has been a wild ride, to put it mildly. The last three years feel like seven, the days have run into nights, and although we’ve made some progress creating a new industry, we still have a long way to go. Despite the tough times, we’ve created some amazing memories and continue to build a loyal community of Feel Good Family members. In honor of our 3rd birthday, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on where we’ve been, what we’ve overcome, and what you can expect from us in the next year.
For those who aren’t familiar with our company history, we opened the doors to the first (medical-only) Urbn Leaf dispensary in Bay Park, San Diego in March of 2017 with a staff of about 15 employees.
When recreational adult-use sales went into effect in January 2018, we were one of the first dispensaries in the state granted our temporary license. New regulations for adult-use sales were published in November of 2017, so our team spent many long nights throughout December re-labeling products, revising packaging, and prepping new compliance requirements for the first day of recreational sales on January 1.
During this already chaotic time near the end of December in 2017, we partnered up with our friends at Eaze on their delivery operations in the San Diego region. This was our first major partnership that added approximately 100 new team members into our Feel Good Fam. Towards the beginning of November 2018, we merged with Southwest Patient Group to join forces and make the Urbn Leaf brand more accessible to the San Ysidro area.
Since then, we’ve expanded retail locations up the coast to Seaside near Monterey and Grover Beach near San Luis Obispo. It’s hard to believe in just three years we’ve gone from a team of 15 to over 450 employees, 4 retail locations, and a new headquarter office.
Over the next year, you can expect to see a few more Urbn Leaf boutiques come to life. La Mesa #1 on El Cajon Blvd., La Mesa #2 on La Mesa Blvd., and Vista on West Vista Way are the next locations scheduled to open. Multiple cultivation facilities are being built out to produce exclusive Urbn Leaf strains. These new facilities will allow us to produce superior quality, reliable products. Ultimately, creating more job opportunities and consistent products.
As we dive into this next year of growth, we want to take a second to show our appreciation to those who have been there to ride the wave with us these past three years.
Thanks to every local community that welcomed Urbn Leaf with open arms.
Thanks to our customers that have been shopping with us since 2017.
Thanks to those of you who don’t just show up to our events like Bayked or Urbn Market, but you bring a friend along to dance the night away and help change their perception of cannabis.
Thanks to anyone that supported our fundraisers by bringing in a canned food item, toy donation, riding the pink bus for breast cancer or even shaving your face for men’s health – we appreciate your dedication to helping others Feel Good during their tough times.
Thanks to everyone that ever referred us to a friend or family member or voted for Urbn Leaf to win an award.
Thanks to our brand partners who have driven hours just to support one of our grand opening weekends.
Lastly, we’d like to give a HUGE thanks to our staff for genuinely caring about cannabis, for always continuing to learn, and ensuring our guests feel welcomed, respected, and confident they purchased the best products for their needs.
Without you all, we would not be where we are today. We truly appreciate your continued support in making our dreams a reality and choosing Urbn Leaf as your Feel Good Drug Boutique.