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The true test of pride is built through longevity and this crew is as loyal as any shop.

There are some famous people associated with this store, beginning with Winston the Goldendoodle who will greet you with a wagging tail to let you know he’s ready to rock if you’ve got a tennis ball handy. And speaking of famous people ready to rock, the gents who set this highly unlikely license into motion seven years ago consist of film director Steve Kessler and Blues Traveler drummer Brendan Hill. So, how did these artists pull this off? Steve and Brendan’s wives work together in an art studio and through conversation at kids’ sports events and the like, the idea serendipitously came about – turning this casual relationship into one of the finest pot shops in the state. 



Shadow boxes of record albums are mounted alongside the encased Cannabis offerings, providing a rhythmic vibe that is indisputable. With such slick ambiance, the budtenders are free to carouse for advice-curious consumers looking for the big hit. Face time is a huge part of the attraction on this stage, where unparalleled customer service (15 budtenders) is focused on conversations – long ones – where you can ask all the elementary questions and never feel pressured or rushed. That’s Bainbridge elegance. 


The true test of pride is built through longevity and this crew is as loyal as any shop, anywhere. After all, Daniel Brown has been the coveted inventory buyer here for seven years. And most of the other staff have enjoyed the same tenure. In fact, GM Eric Smith is a verified cannasseur and contributor to NW Leaf. All employees get benefits and a true living wage, which keeps morale at a high level. And it’s hard to argue with their love for this special environment, as the curated selection is all about craft Cannabis with a lean towards high-quality sungrown.


Market Elevated is next door, where you’ll be able to grab some high-end glass, wellness products, and hit the delicious full-service coffee bar to get your volume cranked to 11. In addition, you’ll find fine art on the walls by artists like Sarah Gordon, Sir Paul McCartney (yes, him) and Storm Thorgerson, who created many of Pink Floyd’s album covers. I know, you’re thinking, “How is that possible?” Ahem, remember … this is Bainbridge.



Fire Bros I-90 Eric

Skord Chocolatina Joseph

Sub X Sinmintz Steve

Lifted Wedding Cake Kristin

Bondi Farms Obama Kush Alice


Lifted Marshmallow Sugar Cookie Duncan

Cannavore It’z Tangie Shonna

Lazy Bee Powderhound Steve

Aurum Farms White Tahoe Cookies Jason

Treehawk Farms Strawberry Diesel Cookies Kristin


Skord Divine Kush Breath Don

Polite Daily Defense Donna

Canna Organix Cereal Milk Jason

Skord Divinity Charlie


Fugu Farms Cookies n Cream x Dosi Jason

Bubbies Skywalker OG Duncan

Refine x Aurum Sunset Sherb Loud Resin Joseph

Eagle Trees Bicycle Kush RSO Steve


Major Blue Raspberry Duncan

Skuared Espresso Caramel Chocolates Donna

Swifts Sativa Green Tea Peppermint Mints Jason

Lil’ Rays Kiwi Charlie

Swifts Cherry & Black Raspberry Gummies Alice

Photos by @nwleaf

About Mike Ricker

The first time Ricker smoked weed was at a Santana concert at the age of 12. He then followed in his footsteps as an award-winning radio personality who became notorious for offering a stage for bong toking listeners in 9 different markets over 20 years. In 2016, the Cannabis industry came calling and the rest is history.

This article was originally published in the March 2022 issue of Northwest Leaf.

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