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Store Feature: Bloor Street, Toronto

Spiritleaf offers a hub for like-minded people, with the aim of being the most trusted source when it comes to product quality and knowledge!  

We are excited to be opening a cannabis retail location in the shopping district of Bloor West Village, in Toronto. This area is situated between the neighborhoods of Runnymede Swansea, South Kingsway and the historic Old Mill Bloor West Village features over 400 different shops and restaurants making this vibrant suburb of Toronto an ideal location for small, locally-owned businesses and was in fact the birthplace of the world’s first Business Improvement Association (BIA). Nearby you will also find one of the city’s largest green spaces, High Park. Visitors to this picturesque park can enjoy many activities including summer performances of Shakespeare, complete with a charming café, zoo and more.

Originally from the Toronto area, the owner of this highly anticipated location grew up less than 5 minutes away and has an extensive background in retail real estate on behalf of many leading Canadian retailers and landlords with proven success as entrepreneur. With a genuine passion for cannabis, Dave is highly involved in the industry on a national level in addition to his ongoing professional pursuits. Learn more details about this locally-owned location in this article below:

  • What is your background?

My background is retail real estate having been a licensed broker in 4 provinces for over a decade assisting both major landlords and national retailers with site selection and lease negotiation.  This requires a pulse on the beat of retail both in Canada and globally, as well as an understanding how to be a successful retailer having worked very closely with so many over the years.

  • Where is your store located?

This beautiful store is located at #2389 Bloor Street West, Toronto in the heart of Bloor West Village at Armadale Ave., across from Jane TTC Subway Station and highly accessible from the South Kingsway exit off the QEW There is ample street and municipal parking available nearby.

  • Why did you choose to open a Cannabis retail store-front?

Beyond the obvious business opportunity, as a cannabis user of many years I am passionate about changing the stigma to demonstrate that cannabis users are productive, contributing members of society and a positive force behind a once-in-a-generation level of social change.

  • What attracted you to Spiritleaf?

The past history of retail franchising success of the management team combined with the store aesthetic and brand principles of togetherness, inclusiveness, peace, love and harmony offered in a beautiful setting with a national brand and proven track record to show their ability to succeed. 

  • Other interesting facts about you that the public should know?

I was born and raised in the Baby Point area just a few blocks north of this location and grew up shopping in Bloor West Village, so opening this store truly feels like a coming home party to serve the vibrant neighborhood I love so much and grew up in.

Stocked with quality, curated cannabis and staffed by a friendly team of experts, we invite you to visit a location nearest you to learn more. Click here for store details, https://spiritleaf.ca/locations/.

To see more of Dave’s credentials and experience, please visit http://marino.ca/dave-marino/.

References:  LinkedIn, bloorwestvillagebia.com, blogto.comWikipedia, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, GRENADIER CAFE, BREL Team.

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