Bud Nation is in an unassuming brick-fronted building right in the heart of White Center's 16th Avenue strip. The high-ceilinged space has a glass shop on one side, a dispensary on the other, and the ambience of a medical supply store. Their prices are nice, though—grams start at $7 and eighths at $23, and they have a big-screen TV that plays sports games, so if you run out of bud while the Seahawks are heading into overtime you can stock up here without missing it. A manager told me they try to hire a local and diverse staff, too. However, the best part of Bud Nation is not what's inside, but what's outside on 16th.
Just next door is Rat City Records—which has two rooms of vinyl, music gear, and antiques. That will easily consume an hour of your stoned time. You can grab some trendy ice cream and play video games at Full Tilt Ice Cream across the street, or walk down a few storefronts and get your pizza with a side of Marxism at Proletariat Pizza. Feel like getting some pupusas? The Salvadorian Bakery around the corner on Roxbury Street has some of the city's best fried and filled corn tortillas.
And since Bud Nation is in White Center, there's ample free parking everywhere! LESTER BLACK
9640 16th Ave SW,
Hours: Mon–Thu 8 am–11 pm, Fri–Sat 8 am–11:30 pm, Sun 9 am–10 pm