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Shop Review: Hive Cannabis Connect

“We find more quality when working directly with smaller, mom-and-pop farms.”

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Hive Cannabis Connect is a dispensary owned by and in partnership with Echo Electuary. To the delight of Eugene locals, Hive opened in May 2023 and has quickly become known as a go-to spot for concentrates and other Cannabis commodities.

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When it comes to stocking this hive, Hive makes a beeline for quality above all other metrics. Each and every product in store has been meticulously evaluated for merit. If the staff wouldn’t personally dab a concentrate or consume an edible, they aren’t going to sell it to a customer. Given the affiliation with Echo Electuary, Hive hosts a wide range of the rosin, BHO and vape carts from the company, including its newest and most popular drops. In regard to selection outside of Echo, general manager John Moran reports, “We find more quality when working directly with smaller, mom-and-pop farms. We also seek out reputable companies and vendors that share our commitment to excellence.” 

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In addition to concentrates and other Cannabis offerings, Hive sells an assortment of functional glass and dabbing accessories with a focus on featuring local artisans. Companies like Emperial Glass (@emperial1), Sophisticated Dab Tools (@sophisticateddabtools) and Pleasant Hill Pottery (@pleasant_hill_pottery) can be found with their own individualized displays and signage. It doesn’t just stop at the Cannabis goods — one look at a #SourGang glass attachment or the wood finish on a handcrafted dab tool is enough to see how deep Hive’s commitment to enhancing the overall user experience goes. 

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The vibe at Hive is warm and welcoming. Given a more intimate shop size, the team puts a strong emphasis on curating a personalized experience. Customers are given as much time as they need to peruse products, sample smells and ask as many questions as needed to find their ideal purchase. Oftentimes, employees will ask clarifying questions and show sincere interest in the well-being of clientele outside of the store, highlighting their commitment to creating a more personable process in Cannabis retail. Patrons walk out of Hive feeling abuzz, not just with their purchase, but with the experience of genuine human connection. 

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General manager John notes that budtenders at Hive take a lot of pride in their knowledge of products in the store. When suggesting an item, they usually have first-hand experience with it and can stand behind their recommendation. Hive doesn’t utilize constructs like sales quotas, commissions or managerial pressure to sell specific merchandise. The main goal for staff is to identify the needs of the clients and help meet them. This singular focus creates a baseline of authenticity that shoppers can rely on. “When you cater to the needs of your customers, good business organically formulates,” John explains. “There’s no need to upsell, push or do any of that ‘car salesman’ stuff. Sales will naturally happen.”

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This article was originally published in the July 2024 issue of Oregon Leaf.

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