Cannabis Retail Guide: Hobo Recreational Cannabis Store, Ottawa

Article by Liora Ipsum, Leafly

CANADAINDUSTRY Cannabis Retail Guide: Hobo Recreational Cannabis Store, Ottawa LIORA IPSUM Photos by John Hryniuk for Leafly

Hobo Recreational Cannabis Store made its debut on Bank Street in April 2019, and while it’s the first of its kind, it won’t be the last. The store is part of the Donnelly Group family, the BC-based hospitality brand responsible for decidedly hip restaurants, bars, and barber shops that have become fixtures in Vancouver and Toronto.

Hobo in Centretown is Donnelly’s first foray into cannabis after working with license-holder Karan Someshwa, who was among 25 lottery winners authorized to open Ontario’s first cannabis stores.

When it was first announced, the name of the chain drew criticism “for using a term associated with homeless people” though the company defended its vision, telling media that “the word evokes a sense of wanderlust, and implies a passion for the journey over the actual, final destination.”

Since opening the Ottawa location, two more Hobo outlets have also been licensed in Vancouver.

Quick Hit

Softly lit and outfitted with plywood fixtures, this cannabis store feels like a cozy, contemporary rec room.


“Not all who wander are lost.” The store mantra—spelled out in neon script—greets shoppers inside the doors.

Upon entry, a reception area serves as a moment to pause, check IDs, and take a breather in a comfy couch. Further inside, the cannabis showroom is decked out in warm, light wood paneling and accessorized with houseplants.

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