The Flore Store dispensary will not be within the Flore restaurant and bar, but less than 100 feet away at what’s currently a nail salon.
Ever since Cafe Flore was sold to new ownership back in 2016 (and its name changed to simply “Flore”), the new owners have been chatting up the notion of turning it into a cannabis cafe, or implementing some kind marijuana theme to the business. That makes sense, considering that new co-owner Terrance Alan had been chairperson of the Cannabis Legalization Task Force that essentially wrote up the city’s recreational marijuana laws. But that does not make sense when considering that San Francisco law does not allow for cannabis cafes (Only West Hollywood has approved such businesses in California, and only one such cafe has opened open.)
Flore’s weed dreams are still coming true, though, as Hoodline reports that the Planning Commission approved the Flore Store dispensary at last week’s meeting, albeit with a few conditions to satisfy suspicious neighbors.
The 258 Noe Street space, seen above, is currently Gloss ‘n Glam nail salon. The back of the space also has a Flore-owned commercial prep kitchen, which per the commission’s decision, cannot be used by the dispensary, nor can infused products be prepared on-site.
But the Flore Store will be a bring a new mural to the side of the building, as well as improvements to the fence surrounding the adjacent Noe & Beaver Mini Park Community Garden. These are just a few of the conditions neighbors had demanded, complaining the park was already a “magnet for homeless to sleep and shoot up” that brought “drug use and undesirable behaviors” which they worried a marijuana dispensary would only exacerbate.
“There exists, sadly, great distrust and skepticism about this project in our neighborhood,” Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association land use chair David Troup said at the Planning Commission meeting. He also criticized Flore’s “convoluted ownership structure” that his group felt could lead to changes in Flore’s plans or intentions with the space.
The Flore Store dispensary did agree to a few changes the neighborhood association requested; they will help the nail salon relocate, and they agreed there will be no ‘smoking lounge’ the likes of which you see at Barbary Coast, Moe Green’s, and a few other dispensaries in town. “There will never be any consumption on site,” vowed the project’s sponsor Jeremy Paul. But the commission didn’t agree to all of the neighbors’ requests, noting they didn’t have the authority to ban references to cannabis in the store’s signage and exterior as has been requested.
This is not necessarily final approval for the Flore Store dispensary, as they still need permits from the San Francisco Office of Cannabis and the state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control. And Flore Store is unlikely to be the next dispensary to open in the Castro. That distinction will probably go to Eureka Sky dispensary right at Market and Castro Streets (well, 3989 17th Street technically, in the former Wild Card gift shop), which Hoodline reports was approved by Planning in June, giving that shop a few months head start on Flore to join the Apothecarium as the only Castro dispensaries.
Image: Andrew D. via Yelp