What makes this outpost of Have a Heart different from the others in Greenwood and Fremont? A lot, actually. For one, patrons are greeted with an enormous, LED-lit joint sculpture upon entering, as well as a chandelier with a quarter pound of Grandaddy Kush encased in glass. If that's not enough to awe you, there's the 50-foot "Wall of Weed." It's something of a flagship project for the mini-empire, and it "really encompasses the downtown feel," according to BJ Jordan, Have a Heart's marketing coordinator. This place has a clubby, arty feel and hip kids on staff.
They're quite popular with tourists, Jordan adds, noting that they stock the heck out of edibles and pre-rolls, which are more popular with the "60-year-old mom from Georgia" set. His favorite thing about the Belltown location? Ease of access to good art (Seattle Art Museum, Olympic Sculpture Park) and good hot dogs (Pike Place's Taxi Dogs or Belltown's Shorty's). He stressed that proximity to Pike Place as a selling point, and I'm inclined to agree. Nothing beats smoking a pre-roll in Victor Steinbrueck Park (just don't let cops see you), watching the ferries roll in for a bit, and then noshing your way through the market's vast array of edible offerings. TOBIAS COUGHLIN-BOGUE
Have a Heart Belltown
115 Blanchard St,
Hours: daily 8 am–11:45 pm