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Store Check – Blüm Western, Las Vegas NV

Blüm’s first shop in the Las Vegas area

Store Name: Blüm

Store Location: 1921 Western Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102

Store Website: www.letsblum.com

 

Tucked away in the industrial district of Las Vegas, Blüm’s Western location is an off-strip shop that might look a little foreboding in the night-time. With its high user reviews, however, it has earned a bit of a reputation as the go-to shop for locals looking for top quality cannabis. Blüm’s Western location is located only a short distance from the Stratosphere Hotel & Casino, and when we stopped by, it seemed to have a very interesting situation when it came to parking. There appeared to be a narrow strip of spaces alongside the dispensary for parking (it didn’t look like you could park on the other side in front, but it looked like it was closed off for construction but I could have been mistaken as it wasn’t well lit), and a back lot which appeared to be an employee parking lot that was converted to general parking. It was dusty and very hard to maneuver a large vehicle back there and on the side of the building. Another issue with the outside was their security guard. He or she (I never actually saw) sat in a car outside the building without greeting me in order to ascertain what kind of customer I would be. The first touch of a guard to a patient is crucial as it gives the guard vital information about whether they should be concerned with what I might do once I go inside or if they should maintain their focus on the lot. The bad parking situation  also lent to the oddly shady feeling of the location, though I knew the area was relatively safe. All of that went away once I got inside the doors, however, and instantly I was able to see why patients and customers alike love Blüm on Western.

 

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The intake area was immaculate and well designed with the layout and aesthetic much like all of Blüm’s properties. The intake staff was incredibly friendly and warmly welcomed me as I came through the door. I was pleased to see the properly laid out and prepared paperwork with plenty of branded pens on the table, eliminating the need for smashing paper back and forth through a window slot and harassing staff for office supplies. This seems to be a staple at most Las Vegas dispensaries and is a best practice that other shops in large markets would be best to take note of as it is much appreciated and cuts down on the waste of time and effort. Intake was fast and easy with only 2 simple forms to fill out. Once I was done, they quickly walked me through a door which appeared to lead to a larger waiting room,  I was walked right past that through a second door however which led into the budroom where I was introduced to my budtender.

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The set-up, like the intake, was very similar in aesthetic and layout compared to other Blüm dispensaries around the Las Vegas area. From this, I can only assume as their entire network both in California and north in Reno is all done the exact same way, which means to me that a strict SOP and Brand Bible was set and is being distributed amongst all shops and is being maintained. The products were laid out and easily readable, and each was available for inspection via visual and smell by the consumer. My budtender, like the intake staff, was also incredibly friendly and was pleasantly knowledgeable about the products on hand without having to pick them up unless I wanted to see or smell them. Another positive aspect was he did not pressure me into purchasing anything, rather was happy to discuss the products in detail along with their and their effects and allowed me to guide the conversation vs being directive. He was particularly knowledgeable when it came to the terpene profile and aromatherapeutic properties in relation to medical needs, and was quick to recommend strains based on specific ailments. After taking the time to walk me through the lineup (which I chose Tangilope by Matrix LV, and Clementine by Matix LV) along with breaking down the cost with first-time patient special and letting me choose my 8ths, the budtender walked me over to checkout where I was rung up by another staff member who was also incredibly friendly. She made sure to mention that if I brought back my bag I would get $1 off my order. It’s a small gesture, but an important one from an environmental impact. All in all, I was pleased with this shop and though it can easily earn a slightly higher grade, they are doing an awesome job and should be proud of it. It was for the most part pretty much a perfect experience. All it needs is its fence (which really isn’t their fault as another building used to be there) and parking situations figured out as well as more lighting in the parking lot and the ability for the guard to greet people as they come in. Other than that, operationally it is almost flawless. Keep up the good work Blüm!

– TOP MARKS –

  • Friendly & Knowledgeable Staff
  • Good Layout & Aesthetic
  • High-Quality Branded Smell Proof Bags
  • Good Quality Cannabis

 

– BOTTOM MARKS –

  • Small Parking Lot
  • Location At Night Was A Little Iffy
  • Missed Opportunity With Guard Greeting The Patient/Consumer

 

Marijuana Retail Report Rating – 9.08 / 10

Marijuana Retail Report conducts its reviews independent of the shops / accessories / lounges knowledge. Marijuana Retail Report is neither paid or otherwise incentivized by the shop / accessory / lounge to review them. They are not informed of the review either prior to, during, or after and cannot have the review edited for any reason other than provable inaccuracy or update due to time. The reviews are unbiased by design and contain a proprietary 31 point inspection of the store during the review. The cannabis is purchased by the reviewer and is not paid for by the shop nor is the reviewer reimbursed by the shop for the review. The products selected for purchase are purchased at random based on variable criteria and are meant to spot check the dispensary.

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