Caroline’s Cannabis Uxbridge Dispensary is a winner. We thought we were lucky when we got this single shop. Two years later, I can’t even count how many shops we have. All of them are located less than two miles from here. A couple are down the street. Just a pleasant walk in normal (normal?) weather — if you are a walker. Otherwise, a very short drive and they all have nice parking lots.
In April, Caroline’s was not yet bringing in the big crowds that shops closer to Boston were generating, but these days, pot is probably Worcester County’s biggest money-making business. Located right on the Rhode Island (not legal in RI) border, our shops are well attended. Some of better than other.
Caroline’s was the first, but they are still a good place with high quality goodies.
Standing on line on Wednesday (or was it Thursday?) was pleasant. People waiting on the steps of the local marijuana dispensary seem are always in a good mood. The sun was out and it was not cold. We chatted.
There was complete agreement that this shop needs an area in which to buy food. For the warmer months, a few tables with umbrellas along the woodsy side of the parking lot.
A bakery on the left, coffee and doughnuts on the right. It seems a waste of space to have a walk-in OR drive-through pot shop without tasteful goodies for follow up munching. For that matter, merely having a decent bakery in a town would be a winner.
We don’t have a dedicated bakery (not counting doughnut shops of which we have many) unless you count the mini bakeries in the grocery stores. The best bakery for bread (not cakes — Hannaford has better cakes) is remarkably, Walmart. That’s a longish drive for us. Seven or eight miles through miscellaneous towns though I suppose we could take the longer but faster road. It takes the same amount of time to get there, but you feel like you are going faster.
I’m pretty sure Caroline, the charming entrepreneur she is, may yet find a way to coerce the lady who bakes the world’s BEST cupcakes (she is in Uxbridge already) to set up a small outlet in the shop. The same baker also makes chicken pot pies that are expensive but delicious and big enough for at least two, maybe three people. Or one really big guy with a hearty appetite.
She could open up a whole restaurant for that matter and be the only good non-Asian restaurant in the valley. Our restaurants are really pathetic, so the bar for “best” is not high.
If that didn’t work out, any one of the local (NOT Dunkin Donuts) doughnut shops who also serve good coffee could bake a bunch of extra doughnuts and hire someone to serve coffee and voilà. A few tables outside for nice, warm days. Something good to smoke. Ahh. Joy and peace shall reign in our valley.
The shop is at the edge of town, very close to the main road that goes up to Worcester and down to Rhode Island. Convenient for everyone. It also has parking.
I bought a little bar of dopey chocolate while I was there the first time (when I actually got inside). It isn’t improving my back because nothing will fix that. On the other hand, I am sleeping like a baby and waking up in less pain.
All my muscles have loosened up. My spine is a disaster, but the muscles are relaxing and that’s great. I eat two little squares of chocolate when I get into bed. I don’t get stoned — or if I do, who could tell because I’m out for the count. I don’t even fall asleep.
First, I’m awake — then I’m out cold, waking up only to go tot he bathroom and crawl back into bed. Now, add some yummy food to make me a happy camper.
Getting to the nuts and bolts of the shop, they have a decent selection. Not huge. They run out late in the day, so if you want the full selection, you probably want to get there before lunch.
Everyone was extremely pleasant and as you might expect, laid back.
For how many of my younger years did I dream of legal pot shops? It’s like Garry and his new hearing: why didn’t that come 30 or 40 years ago? Well, at least something good has happened. We can’t change everything, but at least we can sleep better while we wait and hope.
Are we the envy of those little towns in Massachusetts? Maybe.