Since more than 330,000 residents live in the two towns combined, Berkeley Dispensary co-owner Rita Tsalyuk sees an opportunity to serve suburban stoners and commuters alike. The shop is part of Yuma Way, a dispensary ownership group with stores in Glendale, Longmont and Denver's Lincoln Park neighborhood, so she's used to serving customers off the beaten path.
"Being the closest [dispensary] to Arvada, the location is very convenient for the west side of town as well as transit travelers," she says. "The west side of the Denver metro has finally added this convenient option." In fact, the new dispensary is so close to Arvada that even Google Maps lists the town in Berkeley Dispensary's address — but the store is actually outside the border, according to Tsalyuk.
Denver-area dispensaries have been chasing suburban marijuana consumers living in towns without pot sales for some time. Denver and Wheat Ridge have a handful of dispensaries on the Arvada border, while Thornton and Federal Heights serve customers driving from southern parts of Broomfield (another town that bans dispensaries) and Westminster.
Yuma Way also owns the Coffee Joint, Denver's only licensed business for marijuana social use.
Berkeley Dispensary is now open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. at 5398 Sheridan Boulevard. The company is still hiring employees for its newest dispensary, Tsalyuk says.