You'll still have no trouble locating an apothecary for all your weed needs on Market Street in the Castro — only now it will be half a block up Market, at 2029, not 2095 Market Street. While they're losing their current lease on the corner of Church Street, The Apothecarium has been granted the right to relocate by the SF planning commission, a fact we're told by the Bay Area Reporter. The move follows on plans laid out in September.
“They are nothing but a model business in the neighborhood,” Andrea Aiello, the Castro/Upper Market Street Community Benefit District Executive Director, said in support of the Apothecarium. One aspect of the business' good neighborliness? The Apothecarium has given more than $300,000 to local groups in the past five years.
Within the marijuana community, the business is also well respected: On the Yelp of weed websitem Weedmaps, the spot scores 4 stars. Reviewers remarked that they "loved the open atmosphere" and that "just for the bud quality" it " kills it."
The new home for the dispensary, the former Mecca/Shanghai space, is much larger: An expansion of 1,000 square feet to 5,000 square feet. Inside, a “fairly significant” remodel is expected, complete with a large education area. The space has been unoccupied since January, 2013, according to SF Gay History's entry on the address. After San Francisco Zoning Administrator Scott F. Sanchez ruled the space could be used for a medical marijuana dispensary, an investment group snatched it up with plans to rent it. There, the Apothecarium has signed a 10-year-lease.
At the previous Apothecarium location, zoning is still in place for a dispensary, so perhaps the block will see a bit of competition. Both are located near Whole Foods, which has drawn plenty of foot traffic to the area.