New cannabis store, Tokyo Smoke, celebrated its official grand opening on Saturday morning with owners Richard and Amanda Bailey, and Michael McCombie.
Located at 494 Holland St. W in the Holland Street Square plaza, Tokyo Smoke is a franchise selling legalized cannabis products for those looking for a safe and professional "healing environment" to purchase from.
The chain is quickly establishing itself across Ontario, Manitoba, and Alberta and has upscale retail experience, offering flower, pre-rolls, vapes, edibles, beverages, topicals, extracts, oil, capsules, sprays, and all cannabis related accessories.
This is the owners’ third location with their first store in Barrie and another shop in Scarborough. The owners shared they are investing in a fourth store later in the year as well.
“Bradford was a targeted location for us,” shares McCombie. “A lot of the downtown places are very congested.”
The Baileys reside in Barrie and have four children, while friend and business partner McCombie lives in Toronto with his cat. Richard and McCombie became friends through the entertainment industry when they were disc jockeys, and reconnected when the Baileys stepped into the cannabis industry.
Bradford Deputy Mayor James Leduc presented the new owners with a certificate of achievement congratulating them on the opening of their third store in Bradford West Gwillimbury (BWG).
Local resident Natasha Leskiw, director with the Bradford Board of Trade (BBT), came out to support Tokyo Smoke’s grand opening on Saturday morning. She had visited the store prior to check out some of the business.
“I asked the staff lots of questions and they knew the ins and outs of everything,” she shared. “It’s really great to have people with that knowledge base.”
“I think that’s what sets us apart from other stores is that we provide the educational piece that people actually want which is important,” shared Richard. “It’s not just coming in and going to the tablet and ordering. It’s about understanding what the products are.”
All employees must have at least two years of knowledge base in the marijuana industry.
“We always welcome new economic opportunities for Bradford and we look forward to you being a great success here,” encouraged the deputy mayor.
MP Scot Davidson also stopped by to support the grand opening and offered words of encouragement to the new owners.
“This is number three for you, going on number four! I’m so proud of that! That’s what the Canadian economy needs,” shared MP Davidson. “Congratulations!”
BWG Councillors Peter Ferragine, Raj Sandhu, and Ron Orr were also in attendance on Saturday.
“In the last two years, we’ve seen how hard it has been on businesses. And when we see a small business open up, it’s refreshing and gives us options for our residents to come here,” shared Coun. Sandhu.
Throughout the day customers were treated to live music. A harp was played at the front entrance by singer and musician ‘Lady Ruby’, followed by a live DJ in the afternoon.
“This is a great store… I love the set up, artwork and music,” added BBT Director Ryan Charron, who presented the owners with a certificate of congratulations on behalf of the BBT.
The Baileys and McCombie expressed their gratitude for the support and provided free goodie bags which included a branded Tokyo Smoke hat and water bottle.
“From opening all the stores we’ve had thus far, something that Bradford should know, you guys had the best support for our opening,” shared Richard. "The community has been very welcoming – thank you very much!”
To learn more about Tokyo Smoke, visit their website: here.