Choom Cannabis in Niagara Falls opened mid-June, joining Ontario’s growing list of legal retailers in the province.
Inspired by Choom Gang—a famous group of buds who loved to smoke cannabis in 1970s Honolulu—Choom Cannabis all about inspiring “good times with good friends.”
Lottery winner Lisa Bigioni owns and manages this Choom location, bringing executive sales experience to the floor paired with her husband’s previous experience in retail.
The Vancouver-based brand has a heightened focus on cannabis education, apparent on the educational boards and infographics placed around the store.
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Walking into Choom is like walking into a warm and inviting surf shop. Except instead of waxes and boards, you’ll find oils, flower, and accessories, plus much more.
The first thing you might notice is the living, breathing plant wall hanging over the cashiers in the back, lending the space a natural ethos and setting the tone for green discovery.
Clusters of ivy, ficus, dracaena, and palm oversee your shopping experience.
Instead of blacking out their windows, as they must due to visibility regulations, Choom went with a Querkus oak window covering that still lets a bit of natural light spill into the room.
Some European oak continues on the strain walls while wooden desks, furniture, and glass display cases tie the whole space together.
The centre of the room hosts a few couches and resting areas where customers can hang out and make decisions, while all four walls provide strain and product information.
You can strike up a conversation with any one of Choom’s knowledgeable staff, all trained as cannabis sommeliers to ensure clients get expert advice and service. You can find them easily; they’re all wearing seafoam staff shirts, hinting at that mahalo mentality.
Under the strain menu at the back you can take a seat and witness product demonstrations or receive a personal consultation for your specific cannabis needs.
If you know what you want or like to browse products on your own, you can scroll through the menu on one of the tablets in the centre of the room and place an order or walk right up to the cash and place one there.
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Products & Price
On one side of the space you’ll find the strain wall, categorized by balanced, THC dominant and CBD dominant offerings from all the major producers in Canada.
You’ll find products from Hexo, Irisa, Aurora, Tweed, and AltaVie, to name a few.
Take a whiff from one the smell jars placed around the store for an interactive and sensory experience. On the other side of the room you’ll find a section dedicated to oils and the eventual edibles rollout.
Prices displayed do not include Ontario’s HST so expect your totals to diverge a bit from the price on each tag.
In terms of accessories and ancillary items, Choom boasts a wide selection of both their in-house brand of papers and grinders along with distinguished vaporizer offerings, pretty bongs, pipes, and lifestyle options.
What You Should Know
Located just a 10 minute drive from the famous Niagara Falls tourist strip, this outpost is a busy one. Expect to cross paths with people from all over the world, either on vacation in the area or coming across the border specifically for this store.
Choom is an easy commute from the Rainbow Bridge border crossing and owner Lisa says that around 30% of her customers have out-of-province identification.
For visiting Americans, remember that bringing any cannabis across the border is illegal.
Choom is wheelchair accessible with an accessible washroom inside and plenty of product. You will be carded at the door before being permitted entry.