Article by Jean Grant, Toronto Life
Toronto’s third cannabis store, Nova, officially opened its doors on 4/20. Owners Heather and Rory Conlon have spent the past two decades running a lock and safe company in Mississauga. One of their lock shop clients, Alcanna, is an Edmonton-based alcohol retailer that opened five cannabis stores last year in Alberta. Conlon noticed the epic lineups the stores were attracting and decided to place her name in Ontario’s lottery. When she won, she reached out to Alcanna to arrange a licensing agreement.
They looked at a few different retail locations and settled on the former American Apparel space at Queen and Spadina. They replaced the floors, installed display cases and high-tech kiosks and sourced artwork from up-and-coming designers. The final design has the bright, open-concept feel of an Apple store.
Nova carries everything that’s available through the Ontario Cannabis Store, as well as an impressive lineup of accessories, including high-tech vaporizers, chic pipes and colourful bongs. Here’s a look inside.
The deli-style countertop displays all of Nova’s offerings: