Store Feature: Spiritleaf Southland (Brick Plaza), Calgary
Get to know the passionate team at the Spiritleaf Southland cannabis store in Calgary, Alberta
We sat down (virtually) with Aneela and Irfan Ali of Spiritleaf Southland to discuss what lead them to open their cannabis dispensary in southwest Calgary along MacLeod Trail. We also discussed the future of the cannabis industry and what they love about the Spiritleaf brand. The following interview has been slightly edited for brevity and clarity.
Q: First things first, tell us about yourself!
We are Aneela and Irfan Ali, the owners of the Spiritleaf Southland cannabis store in Calgary. Aneela has been in Calgary and a part of the community all her life. She grew up near and went to school in the Southland and Haysboro area. She has an HR background in various industries including Medicinal Cannabis. Irfan is an Alberta boy and has been in the oil and gas industry for many years. We have two boys that keep us busy with various activities such as hockey. We have always been passionate about Cannabis and are very excited to be a part of the industry!
Q: What brought you into the cannabis industry?
Cannabis has been a big part of our lives for many years. We saw the benefits of cannabis and the positive impact it can have while working in the Medical Cannabis industry. We have multiple family members that use CBD oil to help with various ailments and can see firsthand how it has improved their lives. Personally, we enjoy the recreational aspect of cannabis as well.
The most exciting part about opening a cannabis dispensary in Calgary has been meeting and getting to know the customers we serve every day. Passing on what we have learned from the plant has heightened our discussions with consumers and non-consumers. Everyone seems to be open and feels comfortable to learn more. It seems there are new types of products every week in all categories like vape carts, concentrates and pens, edibles, beverages and of course flowers. We strive to learn as much as possible and make sure we share that knowledge with all our customers.
Q: Tell us about your location! What do you love about your community?
We are proud to operate a cannabis shop in Calgary, Alberta – specifically at 9639 Macleod Trail SW in the community of Haysboro! Conveniently located off Macleod Trail, within walking distance of the Southland LRT station and adjacent to many other shops and restaurants, this makes our location the perfect hotspot for all and a convenient place to stop whether you’re passing by on Macleod Trail or running errands in the Southland area.
Q: What are your favourite cannabis products, and why?
We know there are so many different and new options to choose from and we make an effort to try everything we can – that seems to be one of the benefits of being in this industry! If we were to pick some of our favourites we would choose dried flower and edibles (especially the wonderful THC and CBD gummies).
Flower is the traditional method and it brings back many memories when you can consume it at home by rolling a joint or enjoying a pre-roll. Edibles are always a fun way to consume when we aren’t able to or choose not to smoke. Vaping is also something we enjoy as it’s a great way to focus on specific terpenes (we love limonene, pinene and myrcene but there are so many more to explore).
Q: What excites you about the future of the cannabis industry?
Seeing the change in perceptions and attitudes towards this amazing plant is very exciting – remember when we had to quietly talk about weed or hash? Thankfully we can now walk into our local cannabis dispensary at Southland and feel free to talk about all things related to pot. We are still amazed at the different cannabis strains and terpenes that are available and excited about seeing more innovations for topicals, concentrates and edibles.
CBD oil has many benefits and many producers are now expanding their lineup. It will be fantastic to see the exploration of CBN and CBG in the future as well. Our online ordering system is an easy way to have your bud ready before you come in, and we would love to see if one day we could see weed delivery added to the Calgary cannabis world. We hope that Cannabis will one day be similar to how the liquor industry operates.
Q: What do you love about Spiritleaf?
Spiritleaf has always been an industry leader in cannabis. By maintaining local ownership, it keeps the mom-and-pop feel to the retail cannabis experience while staying professional and providing high-quality cannabis products and education to our guests. Our focus on the customer experience sets Spiritleaf apart in the industry and allows us to understand what people are looking for when it comes to cannabis.
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