Lightshade Holly

3950 Holly St.
Denver, CO 80216


  • Mon-Wed 9 a.m.-6:45 p.m., Thurs-Sat 8 a.m.-6:45 p.m., Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
For such a big shop, the exterior of Lightshade Labs is low­-key. The shop is in a blue-collar neighborhood just a few blocks east of the Park Hill Golf Club, on a commercial stretch of Holly Street. Above the entrance, the owners have posted a quote from one of the most well­-known doctors in marijuana, Dr. Dre: "Smoke weed every day." The waiting room feels like the golf­-lounge room of a pot­-themed country club. Nice, clean purple-suede and green-­leather chairs are set up around a pair of matching coffee tables, creating two small waiting areas that both face a huge flat­-screen TV. Marijuana­-movie posters are framed around the wall, and along the exposed­-brick wall in back is a retro tabletop video-­game system loaded with arcade classics of yesteryear –- including Pac-Man, of course. The shop also has a fully functioning Coke fountain, with stacks of cups for patients to use for free, or a hotel­style coffee/tea/hot-­chocolate dispenser. And for stoners' constant munchies, there are bowls of candy and an old-­time popcorn machine. Lightshade's dispensary is connected to its grow, and the owners have even put a small window into one of the rooms with vegetating plants and clones along the back wall of the waiting room. The bud bar is done up similarly to the waiting room, with heavy wood cabinets, exposed-­brick walls and dramatic, bright lighting on the bud counters and stock jars on the shelves. Loose bud is kept on display for viewing, with larger amounts of herb kept in tall, cylindrical jars on shelves along the back wall.

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