It's hard to not see the giant 21+ MARIJUANA sign beckoning you from the highway into Seattle Tonics. This sign makes it easy to miss the RAD mural of Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Lee sharing a phat ol' jay on the front of the building (did that ever happen in real life? I hope so).
Seattle Tonics, a play on words and a nod to the former Seattle basketball team, feels like a place you go to ease the pain of last night's dance party. Slick EDM plays on the speakers, and the glass cases against the wall feature a variety of products like cannabis cocktail mixers, a healthy supply of edibles, CBD/THC tinctures, oils, and topicals.
The open layout and the walking menu help when you just want to browse. On a Sunday afternoon, two budtenders are almost not enough to keep up with the busy line of folks coming in and out of the store. Plastic containers behind the counters filled with product give the place an almost Amazon-fulfillment-warehouse kind of feel.
We like to push the limit on low prices, says budtender Ellie Griffin, who claims that Tonics often has the lowest prices before anybody else does. According to Griffin, people seem to like the four grams of oil for $100 deal, where you can mix and match flavors. Diesel variant NYPD is a favorite: "It's super heady, and even pretty tasty," says Griffin. The store has a daily "happy hour special," a loyalty "fan club" punch card, and popular $99 ounce deals. AMBER CORTES
12059 Aurora Ave N,
Hours: Mon–Sat 8 am–10 pm, Sun 10 am–10 pm