Fresno Marijuana Retailers Race to Open Doors. Which Will Be First? – GV WirePosted by On

Two Fresno marijuana retailers are competing to become the first legal purveyor of pot in the city. Both The Artist Tree in northwest Fresno and Embarc in the central area are putting the final touches on their stores.

As of Wednesday afternoon, The Artist Tree is ready to go. All the interior work at its location at 7835 N. Palm Avenue is finished. The artwork is up. The legal paperwork is complete. The staff is being trained.

The Artist Tree plans to open Monday.

Meanwhile, Embarc is almost done at its location at 4592 N. Blackstone Avenue. Preparations are not quite as far along as The Artist Tree, but the store plans to open next Wednesday.

“We’re in kind of the final countdown with the city on a handful of outstanding items. But I’m really excited. You know, we’ve hired staff. We have placed orders for some of the greatest brands in the state of California. And we are really, really excited to be opening,” Embarc CEO Lauren Carpenter said.

The Artist Tree in northwest Fresno, and Embarc in central Fresno, say they will open next week. (GV Wire/Jahz Tello)

The Artist Tree Features Cannabis and Art

“We are an art gallery that also happens to sell cannabis.”co-owner Courtney Caron

Courtney Caron, co-owner of The Artist Tree, says the retailer lives up to its name.

“We are an art gallery that also happens to sell cannabis. So we consider ourselves a real community benefit organization, meaning that the entire premise of our organization is to…

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