Article by Harrison Jordan, Leafly
Smōk is one of six cannabis retail stores initially licensed to open in the Greater Toronto Area, in addition to five locations in Toronto and 14 elsewhere in the province.
The outlet is owned by Alexander Altman, a winner of the lottery that selected 25 applicants to open the first crop of stores in Ontario. It’s also the only legal store in Ajax, although Fabulous Leaf is set to open in nearby Oshawa.
Located in a big box plaza neighboured by Old Navy, Best Buy, and other chain outlets, the store’s signage doesn’t make explicit mention of cannabis and blends in with the suburban surroundings.
Upon arrival, shoppers enter through a waiting area staffed by a worker who manually checks IDs before permitting entrance to the showroom.
Inside, painted white walls contrast against glossy black subway tiles while high ceilings give the space a cavernous effect.
The place is packed with Apple Store-like tables, three of which show off strains samples in smell jars organized by cultivar: indica, sativa, and hybrids.
Orders can be placed in three different ways: patrons who want to shop solo can seek out self-serve stations positioned on tables in the middle of the store.