The Portland-based dispensary features bespoke artwork and interior design inspired by cannabis culture
Manchester Center, VT, November 19, 2019 – The McBride Company, a creative concept and design firm, has completed conceptual, graphic and interior design work for Grass Monkey Cannabis Company, one of Maine’s premium cannabis cultivators. Grass Monkey engaged The McBride Company to design its new Portland, Maine location – which opened its doors on August 28, 2019 – for their unique and provocative approach to dispensary design.
“With legalized cannabis use becoming more mainstream, there’s a growing opportunity for dispensaries to embrace the counter culture from which it began, and engage customers with playful art and design,” said Ryan McBride, Creative Director, The McBride Company. “At Grass Monkey, we brought to life a dispensary experience that invites customers to share in the fun side of the cannabis community that has been lost in many of the original dispensary environments.”
A departure from the unsuspecting and sterile designs of many dispensaries today, The McBride Company takes the design of Grass Monkey to new heights. In response to the growing consumer demand for unique retail experiences, the location co-identifies as an art gallery. As such, the dispensary includes bespoke artwork and graffiti created on-site by Valentino Mikalef, the co-founder of the street art agency, Klughaus; an attention-grabbing six-foot banana sculpture; and monkey-inspired finishes and lighting. The space also draws inspiration from its industry, incorporating biophilic design elements and clever cues to pot culture.
“We believe in pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, so when it came to create a dispensary experience unlike any other in our region, we turned to a design firm with the same level of passion and drive. From our custom graffiti mural to a life-sized banana statue, McBride’s talented designers and out-of-the-box style brought an unparalleled level of excitement to Grass Monkey,” said Kyle Noyes, Co-Owner and Head of Operations,Grass Monkey.
Established in 2013, Grass Monkey Cannabis Company is one of Maine’s premium cannabis cultivators. An established brand in the medical marijuana market, the Grass Monkey team has extensive knowledge of the cultivation process, providing patients and customers with exceptional cannabis and a unique retail experience. The 2,000-square foot dispensary can be found at 85 Western Ave, South Portland, ME 04106.