BROCKTON — The once-empty Webster Bank, where long weeds found a home across the street from Walgreens, has gotten a complete green makeover and is now a fully functioning marijuana dispensary called Botera.
When you walk into Botera at 747 Centre St., you are welcomed by a warm bohemian desert chic-themed waiting area and “wake and bake” meditation books sitting on the coffee table, as well as budtenders wearing dark green environmentally sustainable shirts happy to assist with your cannabis needs.
Once the customer has verified their age, a budtender guides them to the merchandise floor, which almost resembles an Apple store.
The tables have an array of different edibles, flowers, pre-rolls, vaporizers, concentrates, infused body butter and accessories.
A unique aspect of the merchandise floor is the interactive piece. Customers can look at the flower and smell it by lifting the small clear glass container’s lid.
Each flower has a lengthy cannabis profile, a description of the THC percentage, the effects and other facts. Some flowers have antioxidants infused to add a little bit of wellness to your smoke session.
“We wanted a show-and-tell type of feel to the store with more a warm, earthy environment and less medicinal,” said Lauren Pedretti, project manager for Botera.
“We want people to feel like they can take their time and shop as fast or as slow as they want. If you don’t want to come into the store, we have a drive-thru and curbside pick-up options as well.”
Budtenders walk around the store holding an iPad with the customer’s virtual cart, adding merchandise throughout the shopping experience and then sending the cart virtually to the cash register for checkout.
There are 30 strains of medicinal flower to choose from, starting at $35 for 1/8 ounce (3.5 grams) and $60 for 1/8 ounce for larger flower buds.
“We wanted a variety, meeting all the consumers’ needs. We offer flowers for everybody. We have an offering from $35 to $60 depending on what the consumer is willing to spend and what kind of experience they’re looking for,” Pedretti said.
Botera has a California dispensary fulfillment model where the budtender is with you the entire experience, explaining different strands of flower and answering all questions.
“Brockton is so diverse in people, population and culture. We should offer everything to everyone. You’re a part of that community. You should be as diverse and well-rounded as the community you do business in,” Pedretti said.
The company researched the market for two years to bring an innovative dispensary experience that will educate the customers and hopefully set them apart from the many dispensaries in Massachusetts, said Michael Paukner, Botera general manager.
Botera plans to expand with two more retail locations — in Franklin this summer and Taunton this fall.
It is the third marijuana dispensary to open in Brockton, following In Good Health, which first opened for medical operations in the city in 2015, and Legal Greens, a recreational dispensary that opened in March.
Botera’s hours of operation in Brockton are every day 10 p.m. to 8 p.m. For online orders, visit boterama.com.
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