A co-located retail cannabis museum and curated social justice museum creates a memorable experience that customers and visitors connect with in a multitude of ways. This physical space serves as an ambassador for the Core Empowerment’s brand and continues to cultivate its loyal customer base.
The space reflects Core Empowerment’s dual mission: educating the public about social justice in relation to cannabis, and providing a welcoming retail experience for anyone interested in cannabis, from novices to experienced consumers.
Located in a subterranean space, the entry sequence is designed to unfold in an inviting manner while allowing for security measures to be handled seamlessly. Material selections and details create moments of visual and tactile interest throughout the space, and weave together the experience of shopping and educating in a holistic manner.
Three permanent exhibits anchor three areas for queuing combining educational components with the shopping experience.
Central to the Gallery is an immersive jail cell exhibit where patrons can hear true stories of the inequities of incarceration.
The inventive spatial layout developed from a focus on creating efficient security and flow of operations that are deftly integrated into the space without affecting the overall retail and exhibit experience. The back of house considerations, from product deliveries to storage to fulfillment to point of sale, are carefully designed for efficient workflow and maximization of sales, while remaining separated from the visitor flow.
The design approach embraces the knowledge that with time the dispensary will evolve and the retail and educational experience will be reconsidered to offer visitors new experiences. The flexible and programmable lighting, gallery walls, and spatial organization are all designed to support a company that can evolve over time.
PROJECT: 6,000 SF Retail/Museum
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: J.L. Dunn
SECURITY: Kroll Investigations
MEPFP: Johnson Engineering and Design, Inc
STRUCTURAL: RSE Associates, Inc
CODE: Jensen Hughes
SPECIFICATIONS: Putnam Associates
PHOTOGRAPHER: Jared Kuzia Photography
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