Dockside's Sodo shop is emblematic of the new direction in pot retailing brought on by legalization: big, open floor plans, lots of light, and classy decor. Dockside's got all that, and a cannabis museum to boot.
That's right: An entire corner of their store is devoted to the history and science of cannabis, including selections from the Wirtshafter collection, Ohio cannabis activist Don Wirtshafter's hoard of vintage cannabis medicine bottles. It sounds bland when I put it that way, but it's awesome, a fascinating physical reminder that pot used to be both legal and benign. Beyond the bottles, there is an overwhelming amount of information available for you to browse. I particularly enjoy the terpene scent jars, which afford you an opportunity to acquaint yourself with the various scent molecules present in cannabis (terpenes) before a budtender starts rattling them off when you're trying to buy pot. Limonene is easy to figure out (it smells like citrus, duh!), but ask me what linalool smells like and I'm lost.
When it comes to budtenders, Dockside has some heavy hitters. Chelsea Cebara, for example, is our city's resident expert on the intersection of cannabis and sex. She gives semi-regular presentations at Babeland, helping those who have yet to experience the magic of a sex-friendly strain or a bottle of weed lube to figure that whole thing out.
As for strains, Dockside definitely has some that are good for boning, and probably just about everything else. Their menu is a book, and it's thick. They're also convenient to transit, being a five-minute jaunt from the Stadium light rail station. TOBIAS COUGHLIN-BOGUE
1728 Fourth Ave S,
Hours: Mon-Sat 8 am-11:30 pm; Sun 9 am-10 pm