That second pot shop approved by the state at one intersection on Capitol Hill at 15th and Republican? It will be an Uncle Ike’s.
The latest twist in the As the Weed Turns-level soap opera playing out around 15th Ave E pot is that building owner Ian Eisenberg is, indeed, a big part of the plan to open a new pot shop on the corner.
We asked Eisenberg — a CHS advertiser — after seeing a sign teasing the Uncle Ike’s brand show up outside the construction underway to transform the former veterinary clinic into a new Uncle Ike’s.
We already knew another pot shop was coming to the street. And we knew it would be in Eisenberg’s building. In February, CHS reported on the approval of an I-502 retailer license for an entity called Lion’s Heart owned by Daniela Bernhard, a veteran of Seattle’s medical pot dispensary scene. The location for the permit is across the street from Ruckus which opened in December as the first I-502 pot shop on Capitol Hill.
Now we know Eisenberg will be involved in more than just developing the property he acquired for $1.5 million in 2015 and collecting rent.
Eisenberg declined to get into specifics of the arrangement but said that the 15th and Republican shop will be owned by Bernhard but be operated under his Uncle Ike’s brand and, we can assume, business model. While smaller pot shops have touted the quality of the marijuana or the quality of the shopping experience, Ike’s ads often are focused on price. In April, we reported on the $1.7 million per month in I-502 pot sales being generated across Capitol Hill and the Central District. Ike’s is so far controlling the lion’s share.
The 15th Ave E location will join the original at 23rd and Union — which continues to be the target of criticism and protest — and a new Uncle Ike’s White Center to form one of the first I-502 chains in the state.
Meanwhile, work continues at 15th and Republican but Eisenberg said it’s too early to say when Uncle Ike’s Capitol Hill might be opening. He also declined to provide an update on if Full Tilt is still planned to join the corner. Ray Angel is still part of the project, however. Eisenberg said there will still be a place for Angel’s Shoe Repair in the new two-story structure. Its old home across the street, of course, is now the home of Ike’s competitor, Ruckus.