Ganja Goddess, which was among the first wave of Sodo "Green Light District" shops, is also one of the first women-owned pot businesses. Shortly after legalization they opened, fittingly, in a former cigar shop next to Sodo's iconic KR Trigger Building. Before Women Grow was a thing (google it), Ganja Goddess was loudly championing the idea that, as far as cannabusiness was concerned, a woman's place is in the boardroom, making the decisions.
They've got a pretty broad selection and some super friendly budtenders. Ananda Green, their store manager, is one of the sunniest humans you'll ever meet, and her unfailingly positive attitude radiates down to her staff. The store isn't enormous, but they make the best of their space, organizing a horseshoe of glass cases into clear, easily understandable sections.
The New York Times style magazine T praised Ganja Goddess as a haven for "Rastafarian guys with dreadlocks, college students, guys in suits, a winemaker, everybody." Although the trend toward age and occupational diversity among pot buyers is a natural byproduct of legalization, Ganja Goddess is definitely doing its part to bring the joys of weed to previously wary populations.
And while they're not exactly fighting the price war, they do have sub-$10 grams, and $21 eighths of shake for the penny pinchers. They're also relatively convenient for the light-rail-riding pot seekers, as they offer shuttle service to and from the Sodo light rail station in their bright yellow "CannaBus." Call ahead for pickup.
Oh yeah, and they occasionally organize cannabis-friendly yoga classes. If they're doing one, go. It sounds doofy, but it's actually the perfect antidote to the incessantly stressful world we live in. TOBIAS COUGHLIN-BOGUE
3207 First Ave S,
Hours: Mon–Sat 8:30 am–11 pm, Sun 10 am–9 pm