In case you're wondering (because you're like me and only visit any given dispensary once every few years), much has changed about Fox Street Wellness since my last time there, in 2012.
But that's not a bad thing at all.
Fox Street Wellness
4773 Fox Street Denver, CO 80216 720-881-7460 Fox Street Wellness
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Raw marijuana price range: $8.25 to $15.75/gram $25 to $45/eighth-ounce, $180-$360/ounce. Members receive about 10 percent off purchase. Other types of medicine: Edibles, shatter, O.pen refills, topical rubs. Online menu? Yes. Handicap-accessible? Yes. Recreational sales? Yes.
Enough people have been suggesting Fox Street Wellness to me lately that I realized it was time to stop by the shop again and see what the staff is doing differently. Huge concentrate displays? Crazy discounts on herb? No. Just a sign above the door in front of the small warehouse the shop occupies and some fresh artwork on the walls. The only noticeable change, really, is the addition of a second bud bar for the recreational side of the business that has opened up.
Otherwise, the shop boasts the same smooth, colorful space as before, although it's gotten much more filled out during the past few years. The larger counter is still used for medical and seemed to have a much better selection of herb than the recreational side. The shop is somewhat out of the way, but it's also conveniently located right next to a hotel, and my budtender says FSW gets a lot of traffic from that alone. The cowboy-hatted types currently driving around the area due to the National Western Stock Show have also helped keep business steady.
It was just me and another patient at the medical counter, which had about two dozen strains lined up on the bar in front of us; we still had enough room to move around and not get in each other's way. Edibles on a counter behind the bar from Blue Kudu, Incredible, Mountain High, Full Melt and Sweet Grass took up what used to be just blank space on my first visit, and the bud bar itself seemed crowded with cannabis -- a good problem to have.
The best thing to remain unchanged, however, was the quality of the cannabis on the shelf (even if the humidifier packs that had been in the display jars are gone now). There are five price tiers, ranging from $25 to $45 an eighth and $180 to $360 an ounce. The shop is still laid-back, and you can pop open the jars yourself and check out strains at your own pace. My budtender offered up a few suggestions, but for the most part, she let me hang out and be a pot nerd. The three tiers of herb were all worth buying, though $45 per eighth and $360 an ounce for non-members is pretty steep.
Granted, the herb at the top level was well done. The Birthday Cake Kush was probably the one worth considering, though. The huge buds were laced with trichomes and gave off a vanilla-frosting-sweet odor behind the rich, earthy kush smell. Other buds scattered around the shelves, like the White Fire and White Urkle, were also outstanding examples. And one that really stood out was Fox Street's Harlequin, which is said to have a 1:1 CBD:THC ratio for $35 an eighth and $250 an ounce. It was easily the most plump and appealing Harlequin I've seen, and anyone looking for a high-CBD strain would do themselves right by trying it. Concentrates were down to an in-house bud-run shatter at $45 a gram; it looked amazingly amber and clear for a mixed run, with a distinctly earthy odor in the little plastic jar.
But I went for classic cannabis this week and ended up with the Durban Sweet Haze and the stinky, stinky NYC Diesel. Neither were on the top tier, though they easily could have been both there at Fox Street and on anyone else's shelves in town. The Durban Sweet Haze nuggets were chunky orange things with a perfect threesome of Durban Poison spiciness, Island Sweet Skunk berry sweetness and just a touch of haze-like musky finish. The flavor was solid, thanks to an overwhelming creamy sweetness to the organic-grown buds. Very solid herb all around that worked best (for me) in the kitchen. Not only did I devour dinner, but I was also enjoyably stoned enough to take the time on a snowy Wednesday night to grill up a steak-and-potato feast.
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The NYC Sour Diesel featured the stinkiest buds on the shelf, its true lemon-fuel smell instantly making my mouth water. The buds were slim pine cones with an airy, almost wispy quality to them, but they still had enough density and trichome coverage in the calyxes to make them a must-buy. A few of the sugar-leaf tips were yellowed and the sample had a loose trim, but overall, the buds offered a great deal at $25 an eighth and $180 an ounce. The flowers were highly potent to match the extremely potent odor. Not to be trifled with if you're not a regular daily smoker. A few hits in the morning set me right for nausea, but a two bowls sent me into a spacey blur for two hours or more.
Both strains burned down to a clean, fine white ash and I couldn't have been more pleased with the selection. That shouldn't change any time soon, if history offers an indication of the shop's future. But don't wait two years to get over there, like I did.