First pot store in Northern Berkshires opening Wednesday
WILLIAMSTOWN — The first weed shop in the Northern Berkshires is opening Wednesday morning.
Although it is the fourth retail marijuana store to open in the county, it is the first one north of Pittsfield.
Silver Therapeutics went through its final state inspection last week. Since then they've been training employees and securing inventory to have enough on hand for opening week.
Starting Wednesday, Silver Therapeutics will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day at 238 Main St. in the Colonial Plaza shopping center in Williamstown.
CEO Joshua Silver said he had to network with a number of producers to be sure of a stable supply chain. "It was hard at first just to find people with product on-hand," Silver said. "But we've been at this for two years, and we've got a good lineup."
The store has contracted with four suppliers: In Good Health, Cureleaf, Revolutionary and Good Chemistry.
And according to store manager Tyler Bischoff, the diverse supply line allows him to be creative in offering different strains for a variety of tastes.
"We get to see what's available and choose what we want to curate our menu," he said.
The purchase limit for flower is a total of one ounce. Prices will generally be in the $50 to $60 range for one eighth of an ounce for now. Cartridges and consumables will also be available.
With no indication what to expect during the first week, Silver has lined up other wholesale sources in case they need to boost inventory during the opening phase.
"So we'll be ready product-wise," he said. "But we really don't know what to expect."
Right now eight employees have been certified, with four others still going through the state required training.
The process for Silver started more than two years ago. His source of capital, he noted, was about two dozen investors among friends and family of the three partners — Silver, Chief Finance Officer Brendan McKee and Chief Operating Officer Joshua Ferranto.
"At no time did anybody say this was a bad idea," Silver said.
Aside from that, the three partners did everything else themselves, including licensing, real estate and community outreach.
For opening week, Silver noted that the Williamstown Police Department will have personnel available to handle additional traffic issues if needed.
Next on their list of things to do, the Silver Therapeutics partners will shift their focus to opening their growing facility and another shop in Orange. A third shop is in the planning stages for Greenfield.
Scott Stafford can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-629-4517.
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