New Manitou marijuana shop offers new way to buy pot

Manitou Springs – It’s a new way to shop for pot: more interactive, hands on, consumer friendly, and people are noticing. Customers say they feel more comfortable, can ask questions on the spot and can stay as long as they feel. It’s a very social atmosphere.

“You can see what each thing rates. You can smell it, shake it, check it out and look at it through a magnifying glass.” said one local shopper.

Wednesday was opening day for the new Emerald Fields Cannaboutique. They are El Paso County’s newest option for recreational marijuana.

A new 3,000 square foot shop opened its doors in Manitou Springs, and will be the corporate headquarters for business in southern Colorado, as well as their Denver location.

‘We’ve had people come in and say that they love the space, that they’re really happy with the service and that’s the ultimate goal. It’s all about the consumer,” said Caitlin Murphy, Director of Marketing for Emerald Fields.

They are also just down the street from Manitou’s original recreational marijuana store, but believe their business model stands alone.

“Well we just thought with having two recreational facilities in Manitou, that there needed to be a different approach with customer service and how we actually care for our guests,” said Jim Bent, Director of Operations for Emerald Fields.

“It’s good to have some competition, and we’re friendly neighbors. We are just happy to be in the community sharing the business with them,” said Murphy.

Architecture in the new store also incorporates recycled materials from recent wildfires. They hired a business to design and use wood within their showroom.

“Instead of just cutting down new trees, what can we do to be part of the community, to be part of the environment and what we can do on our end to facilitate that,” said Bent.

This is the last license issued for recreational marijuana in Manitou, and Emerald Fields feels a responsibility along with that.

“I think I speak on behalf of everyone I work for that it’s an honor to hold that second and last license. We will stop at nothing to continue to prove to Manitou and El Paso County that we’re here to be a benefit to the community,” said Murphy.

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