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With the goal of becoming “The Rolls Royce of dispensaries,” Stone developed a color palette of deep purples found in Taylor’s favorite cannabis strain. “The rich royal purple was paired with grays and whites for an elegant, modern look,” Stone said. “Their logo pays homage to the THC molecule with its angular lines and hexagonal shaping while remaining sleek and simple.”
Usually to get into the business of interior design, one would need to have a background in the studies of interior design, as well as the nuances of operating a business. Fortunately, the Owner and Lead Interior Designer at The High Road Design Studio, Megan Stone, has experience in both.
In another session, cannabis retail design aficionada Megan Stone, owner and founder of The High Road Design Studio (Phoenix), spoke about the rapid progression of legalized medical and recreational marijuana laws throughout the U.S. and abroad, noting the industry’s growing influence on the retail and consumer packaged goods fronts.
If Proposition 64 passes in California, legalizing recreational marijuana, where will you buy your pot? How about high-end dispensaries that are part of the “green rush” of pot-themed businesses? DnA looks at how the cannabis industry is using product and interior design to draw new customers and change its image.
Entrepreneurs like Megan Stone who designs interiors for medical marijuana dispensaries will be able to expand their businesses if recreational use is legalized in Arizona. Examining retail data in other states, “you can see the entrepreneurial dreamland take shape,” said Stone.
The Healing Center, a new medical marijuana dispensary in San Diego, is small but sleekly modern, it’s three rooms divided by clear glass walls. An interesting design choice by Megan Stone, owner of The High Road Design Studio (Phoenix), to open up what could have been a dark and confining space.
The walls of Trulieve’s dispensary, the first medical marijuana dispensary in the state of Florida are lined with various products from vaporizers and capsules to tinctures, all products made with medical marijuana.
I’m inspired by…my clients and colleagues in the cannabis industry who put their blood, sweat, tears, and life savings into creating an industry from scratch, without a blueprint, for the purpose of ending prohibition of a safe substance that brings happiness to so many—and that SAVES LIVES.
“Things are changing very quickly in this industry,” says Megan Stone, dispensary designer and founder of the High Road Design Studio. “Three years ago this month, I was the general manager of a dispensary in Orange County, CA, and the federal government was coming through and shutting all of us down, trying to eradicate the industry. Fast forward to the past two months, and I’ve been honored alongside Chanel and Nordstrom in the prestigious ARE/POPEI Design Awards, and flown on private jets.”
The accolades keep coming for cannabis retail designer Megan Stone of The High Road Design Studio. The young entrepreneur is lighting up the billion-dollar cannabis industry by creating award-winning dispensary environments catering to the modern consumer. Recently, Stone was announced as one of the Top 40 Under 40 by design:retail magazine for her luxury dispensary designs.
Stone says marijuana is one of the coolest things that can be bought from any store, “yet, when you walk into these shops, the experience is — most of the time — terrifying.” She wants to normalize that process for the customers and draw parallels to traditional, high-end retail experiences.
Megan Stone, owner and principal of The High Road Design Studio, is the first interior designer to specialize in crafting incredible cannabis retail experiences. Her intimate knowledge of the dispensary environment from all vantage points is what makes her designs successful and sought-after.
With a background in interior design, marketing and medical cannabis dispensary management; it seemed only natural for Stone to strike out on her own nearly three years ago to form a niche design firm in the emerging industry of marijuana dispensaries.
Megan Stone a recipient of VMSD Magazine’s 2015 Designer Dozen Award, the Phoenix-based entrepreneur founded The High Road Design in 2013. Megan sat down with PRØHBTD to talk about how she accidentally got into the business, what’s next and why she’s a cannabis purist.
In honor of MARY’s second issue was helped brought to life by Marley Natural, Evoxe Labs and The High Road Design Studio. Megan Stone, owner, and principal of The High Road Design Studio is the first interior designer to specialize in crafting incredible cannabis retail experiences.
Designer Megan Stone established The High Road Design Studio in 2013, the first company of its kind to focus on cannabis retail design. Stone’s determination and unique eye for composition, combined with her desire to provide an upscale, comfortable location for patients to purchase medication.
Lauded cannabis retail designer, Megan Stone, was recently nominated for the 23rd Annual A.R.E. Design Awards Competition this year. The A.R.E. Awards is always a big event, as some of the most famous names in the design world compete for recognition. Since the cannabis industry is relatively new, its inclusion in these kinds of events is a recent and welcome phenomenon.
Says Megan Stone, owner of The High Road Design Studio, “Design can be a powerful tool in changing negative perceptions of cannabis and elevating the value these businesses can add to a community. As a result, a more sustainable and profitable business is possible.”
This year, she was named a finalist in the store fixture category of the Assoication for Retail Environments Design Awards Competition. “My goal was to display the product as though it were as luxurious as fine jewelry or as decadent as gourmet confections,” she said.
Dispensary Designer Megan Stone Named Finalist For Prestigious Retail Design Award For TruMed Bar Project
“My goal was to display the product as though it were as luxurious as fine jewelry or as decadent as gourmet confections. In doing so, my client was able to set themselves apart from their competition and maintain their reputation as a connoisseur’s brand.”
An award for the best-looking retail space in America may go to a pot club this year — a sign of increased sophistication in the $5 billion economic sector. National cannabis retail designer Megan Stone is a finalist for the coveted 23rd Annual Association for Retail Environments Design Awards Competition — for her hash bar at the TruMed dispensary in Phoenix.
Scottsdale woman’s dope designs for dispensaries earns her prestigious retail nomination against Target, Nordstrom, Chanel
Megan Stone, owner of Scottsdale’s The High Road Design Studio, has been nominated as a finalist for the 23rd annual Association for Retail Environments Design Awards Competition. Stone’s business is one-of-a-kind and has weeded out the competition by creating retail designs for cannabis dispensaries.
The visitors enter a spa-like cannabis experience aimed at redefining the perception of the plant. As staff member Kim explains, “A lot of the tourists will come in and whisper, obviously surprised by what they see. The atmosphere of the store makes all the difference.”
Just off the main drag in Belfair, WA, you’ll find an unassuming storefront by the discrete name of Root Cellar. Stepping inside the shop, visitors enter a spa-like cannabis experience aimed at redefining the perception of the plant. “A lot of the tourists will come in and whisper, obviously surprised by what they see. The atmosphere of the store makes all the difference.”
As it is becoming more and more difficult for those outside of cannabis to bring anything new to the table, voices within the industry are finding a new foothold in which to bring long simmering ideas to fruition. Megan Stone is one of those voices. A rare blend of innovation and experience, Stone’s business offers something completely new to the cannabis industry…
An entirely new business is booming with interior and architectural design firms catering to the cannabis industry. Here are 11 of the most decked out dispensaries across the country that elevate — and set the standard — for cannabis retail in this new world. Please note that each dispensary was selected based on style, not product and are listed geographically, not ranked.
Park Range Recreationals, Colorado’s first dispensary in Oak Creek, has raised the status quo for recreational cannabis dispensaries forging positive community ties through its thoughtful aesthetics and polished design appeal. Designed by Megan Stone, the project utilized luxury design principles and local aesthetics to create an inviting atmosphere worthy of its Main Street location.
The first Southwest Cannabis Conference and Expo at the Phoenix Convention Center this month assembles big names and the best products in the growing industry. Cheryl Shuman is among a group of panelists in the “Power Women of the Cannabis Industry” discussion, as is Scottsdale resident Megan Stone.
Sleek and artistic, with a dose of sweet elegance inspired by boutique bakeries, this medical marijuana dispensary’s concentrate bar hooks patients with a buzz-worthy, branding experience. The fresh concept promotes polished and modern shopping encounters. With a stylish display of products and accessories in an easy browsing format, this formerly underutilized lounge area morphs into a revenue generating space.
Once the dorm-room mainstay of shady hippies, marijuana retail is going mainstream as it becomes legal in more and more states. Megan Stone (yes, that’s really her name) founded Phoenix-based The High Road Design Studio in 2013 with the goal of “elevating the cannabis industry through professional design.
The Phoenix based High Road Design Studio specializes in elevating the image, reputation and profits for dispensaries and retail spaces all over the country. Meet Megan Stone, the woman who is on a mission to bring world class design and retail consulting to the Industry.
Phoenix’s TruMed Dispensary recently debuted their new custom concentrates bar, a project facilitated by Megan Stone of The High Road Design Studio. Stone has been working with the dispensary since July 2014. A fresh, original retail concept, the innovative concentrates bar creates a polished and modern cannabis shopping experience.
Megan Stone lives by the philosophy “Go niche or go broke.” Her self-funded interior design career took off after specializing solely in the marijuana dispensary space. Forget the swap meet look to buying weed, you’ll swear you just walked into the W Hotel. Megan mixes contemporary design with her unique and elegant touch to create the perfect balance and optimal environment for customers across the country.
Marijuana dispensaries around the U.S. are capitalizing on interior design investments. TruMed dispensary, located in Phoenix, Arizona, recently debuted their new concentrates bar, an innovative design by Megan Stone, owner of The High Road Design Studio located in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Just seven months or so before marijuana dispensaries open in Oregon, those looking to retail the substance have plenty of questions. Megan Stone believes she has some measured responses. Stone is the owner of The High Road Design Studio, which hopes to revolutionize marijuana retail on a national level.
Retailers are the public face of the legal marijuana industry, and the impressions they make on customers, neighbors, and others may determine not just their own sales but how the public votes as new laws and regulations are debated. Megan Stone is a cannabis retail designer and founder of the High Road Design Studio.
Designer Megan Stone was the manager of a small chain of marijuana dispensaries in California before starting her own cannabis-focused interior design firm. She wants cannabis outlets to shed their hippy-stoner image and embrace modern retail aesthetic.
Megan Stone the founder of the The High Road Design Studio shares how most dispensaries are not optimized for an optimal customer experience. Megan shows us how to design a dispensary from the ground up to be attractive, functional and secure.
The High Road Design Studio is a cannabis retail design and consulting firm aiming to educate industry business owners on the correlation between design and professionalism, branding and customer loyalty. Founded in 2013 by Megan Stone, THR seeks to provide interior design solutions for the cannabis industry in a time of great growth and change.
Megan Stone designs interiors for the USA’s booming marijuana industry. She told Dezeen why “2015 is the year for cannabis in our country”. Stone, who runs The High Road Design Studio in Phoenix, Arizona, says business is booming as attitudes to the drug in America undergo dramatic change.
Megan Stone, a Scottsdale, AZ-based cannabis retail designer and owner of The High Road Design Studio, is helping to revolutionize marijuana retail on a national level. Stone was honored last month with the 4th annual Designer Dozen Award by VMSD Magazine. Stone was selected for her progressive and innovative work in the cannabis industry.
This ain’t your dad’s seedy dope den. Illustrating the rapid professionalization of the cannabis industry thanks to its legalization, Minerva Canna Group and its interior designer Megan Stone of The High Road Design Studio just took top honors in the Designer Dozen Award by VMSD Magazine.
This year’s winners represent a variety of educational, cultural and professional experiences – from an independent designer whose work focuses on the booming cannabis industry to the lead interior designer for a Fortune 500 fast-food company (“billions and billions served”). VMSD celebrates them here.
Host Aaron Burke talks with architect Tina Wichmann and designer Megan Stone about dispensary design. This episode discusses designing for medical patients vs adult users, the impact of security on design, dispensary location zoning, designing in existing vs. new markets, branding, signage, and more.
Megan Stone is an interior designer who has been working in the cannabis industry since 2013, when High Road Design Studio was born. Since then, she has faced the daunting task of catering to an entire industry as one of the first interior design consultants working for dispensaries with overwhelming enthusiasm.
VMSD magazine is celebrating the best and brightest young designers in retail design with the 4th annual VMSD Designer Dozen. The 12 emerging stars recognized this year come from design firms and retail organizations across the country, including Megan Stone from The High Road Design Studio.
Cannabis Business Times editor Neolle Skodzinski talked with Megan Stone, founder of The High Road Design Studio. Here, Stone shares some insights into how dispensary owners can evaluate store design, layout and product displays to help facilitate a positive customer experience and maximize sales.
Architects, designers and builders see a growing construction market in the retail marijuana industry. The High Road Design Studio’s Megan Stone spoke with Rocky Mountain PBS about the cannabis industry’s economic reach at the Cannabusiness Accelerator in Denver on January 21st.
They weren’t quite what someone would imagine a group of stoners to be. And that’s exactly what they wanted. In pantsuits and blowouts, blazers and high-fashion buns, 60 or so members of Women Grow gathered at the National Press Club on Thursday morning for a press conference ahead of a two-day lobbying tour of Capitol Hill.
“The reality is that someday soon cannabis will be normal retail next to Starbucks or a yogurt shop,” says Megan Stone, a 30-year-old interior designer who has run the High Road Design Studio in Phoenix, AZ, since 2013. Dispensaries looking to attract a less grungy class of clientele turn to professionals like Stone to change their image…
Megan Stone, owner, The High Road Design Studio, and Erik Briones, president/founder, Minerva Canna Group Inc., discuss the best practices for working with marijuana dispensary owners, as well as the unique design challenges dispensaries pose, in this video based on an article that ran in the September 2014 issue of VMSD.
Megan Stone, owner, The High Road Design Studio, and Erik Briones, president/founder, Minerva Canna Group Inc., discuss the best practices for working with marijuana dispensary owners, as well as the unique design challenges dispensaries pose, at the 2014 International Retail Design Conference in Miami Beach.
Fusion’s Ryan Nerz wanted to sharpen his marijuana acumen, so he did what any responsible journalist would do – he went back to college. Cannabis college, to be exact. He enrolled at the Cannabis Career Institute in Los Angeles, CA. Watch as he goes to class, then interviews the CCI president and a few professors.
How a budtender-turned-designer reimagined marijuana retail for an Albuquerque dispensary. Stone, first a dispensary patient, then a dispensary budtender and manager, launched The High Road Design Studio in 2013. And she’s capitalizing on budding demand for dispensaries that don’t feel like head shops.
Fewer Bob Marley posters, making sure your cash doesn’t smell like pot and being a good neighbor– advice from industry experts during Friday’s marijuana business event in Seattle. The first Cannabusiness Accelerator event kicked off with a lively discussion of some of the opportunities WA’s newly legalized marijuana industry can provide.
A legalização da maconha para fins medicinais em vários estados dos EUA abriu novos nichos para o empreendedor americano. Um exemplo interessante é o The High Road Design Studio, um escritório especializado em fazer somente lojas de maconha. Focado na “indústria da cannabis”, um dos projetos mais legais do Studio é para o Minerva Canna Group.
Dispensaries are popping up across the US, bringing with them a host of challenges for designers and owners. This session discusses best practices for working with dispensaries, as well as the unique design challenges dispensaries pose. Learn more through the story of one dispensary, who hired The High Road Design Studio.
An interview by Lauren Mang with Megan Stone, owner of The High Road Design Studio. As owner of The High Road Design Studio, this interior Designer is taking the path less traveled, injecting life into once-contentious spaces that are on the cusp of conventional.
Burque Times interviews Erik Briones, owner of Minerva Canna Group in Albuquerque, NM, in his newly remodeled cannabis-mall. Minerva brings all of a patient’s needs under one roof in a comfortable environment. Briones talks about Minerva’s history and why patients choose Minerva more than any other NM producer.
This month we are featuring Megan Stone. Megan is the owner and founder of The High Road Design Studio. She is an interior designer specializing in the design needs of businesses in the cannabis industry. The High Road’s mission is focused on elevating the cannabis industry through professional interior design.
This month we feature Erik Briones, owner of Minerva Group, New Mexico’s top producer and largest dispensary. Briones has created an advantageous model for dispensaries, combining your traditional Cannabis retail dispensary with a grow shop, accessories and clothing store, and wellness space, all under one roof.
Opening and operating a dispensary is hard enough as it is. So it’s no wonder that most owners give short shrift to the layout, ambiance and overall interior design of their dispensaries. But design can have an impact on everything from customer loyalty and expenses to revenue and average patient spend.
Marijuana businesses are finding that landlords aren’t putting out the welcome mat in Washington. The state expects to begin sales of recreational marijuana in June, but businesses need to have a location nailed down in order to apply for a license. But businesses need to have a location nailed down in order to apply for a license.
Meet the state’s new medical marijuana shopping experience. Minerva Canna Group, one of NM’s 23 licensed medical cannabis producers, has launched what owner Erik Briones calls a mall-like experience for its clients. Customers can shop for a vaporizer, grow supplies and T-shirt’s while they pick up their medical pot.