Los Angeles, a veritable mecca of “Mary Jane” and the country’s largest legal pot market, is nothing if not right on top of the latest trends for getting, well, high. There’s an uptick in the (mainstream) market since pot was legalized in L.A. as of January 2018 – the law passed with a victorious 57% majority. So if you’re Cali sober, an active member of the weed-as-wellness congregation, or just looking for a space to buy and smoke your herb that feels more spa, less windowless basement, then we have some very good news.
Indeed, Aeon Botanika is opening a gorgeous, 7,000-square-foot flagship in the heart of West Hollywood in early 2020, complete with retail shop, dispensary, restaurant, and a Moroccan cannabis lounge. They’re actually one of only five companies to receive a retail and lounge license in WeHo.
Situated just off the Sunset Strip – on Santa Monica Boulevard between N. Alfred and N. Croft Streets – the behemoth boutique will be a destination for “newly elevated, plant-forward wellness experiences.” We can hardly wait.
This definitively marks a new era of marijuana retail – it was only a matter of time – that feels more right for L.A.’s posher sensibilities. The Moroccan lounge, for instance, will beckon guests to sample the goods on site with its dramatic vaulted ceilings, skylight, and Mediterranean-inspired decor.
Co-founders Nicole Fox, a seasoned activist and registered dietician, and Veena Parekh, a restaurant industry veteran (Foreign Cinema, Zuni Cafe), the two women behind the establishment, see cannabis at the forefront of an ever-evolving wellness community.
“We are in a time when more people are turning to cannabis as a medicine and including it as part of their wellness lifestyle,” offers Fox, who is eager to combine her two passions at Aeon Botanika. “I am beyond grateful to the City of West Hollywood, who have always supported the movement to end the prohibition of this healing plant.”
Ferrier Architecture Studio is designing the space, while Keith Greco will handle the interiors. (Some of which are pictured in these advance renderings). Angelenos may know Greco’s work from popular spots like MidCity’s The Little Door, or Cliff’s Edge in Silver Lake.
Aeon Botanika will also feature a full restaurant concept serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner – with a coffee program directed by Ritual Coffee Roasters. Fred Eric of Fred62 will serve as culinary director.
They’ll also offer appointments and sessions with a licensed integrative dietitian, acupuncturist, massage therapist, and a functional medicine physician. And, of course, all the primo chronic your heart desires.