Tulsa business owner permits cannabis use at nail salon to lure new patrons
Like millions of other small business owners in the United States, Elizabeth Brown considered every idea imaginable to keep her Tulsa nail salon afloat during the coronavirus pandemic. She poured her stimulus check into the business and even sold her car at one point.
But Brown is also doing something else unique. Her Hybrid Nail Salon on East 21st. Street and Mingo Valley Expressway in Tulsa permits customers to use cannabis on the premises if he or she possesses a state-issued medical marijuana card. They can also play pool and watch Netflix while they await appointments.
The fast-thinking Brown and her inviting attitude toward cannabis users has already drawn Hybrid over 100,000 followers on TikTok.
“I had a feeling it would spark a lot of interest because marijuana is so big in the world right now,” Brown told Fox 23 in Tulsa. “They can bring their own vapes, a bong, a hookah, bowls, (and) any edibles.”
Brown said she wanted to serve as an example for other Oklahoma businesses and make cannabis users at her own business feel welcome and unrushed.
It’s unclear whether cannabis use at businesses like nail salons would conflict with existing state laws. Oklahoma currently prohibits both marijuana and cigarette smoking in “any indoor place used by or open to the public … or any indoor workplace, except where specifically allowed by law.” Businesses can set aside special rooms or porches specifically for smokers.
Of course, plenty of bars and others businesses around the state have taken a hands-off approach to cannabis users or simply encouraged discretion. Fewer have overtly worked to attract cannabis customers with promises of a welcoming environment.
Here are a few other businesses around Oklahoma that openly welcome cannabis users:
Gypsy Coffee House on Martin Luther King Avenue in Tulsa permits smoking and other types of consumption on its patio and was an early business in the state to commit to it. Contained within the building is also a mini-location of the Eufloria Dispensary.
The so-called Flower District on Sheridan Avenue in Tulsa houses a unique, cannabis-friendly event center for parties, birthdays, and more. Cannabis-friendly yoga sessions occur on Sundays. Within the district is also White Rabbit Medicinals, which specializes in numerous types of edibles and CBD products.
The Hempton Heights Resort in Vinita, Oklahoma, offers a cannabis-friendly vacation resort and event barn just off Route 66. The operators of Hempton Heights claim it’s the first such resort in the state and offers 22 cabins, six with private hot tubs. There are 30 acres for visitors to explore. The 2,000 square-foot event barn is available for cannabis-focused corporate meetings, reunions, instructional courses, parties, and weddings.
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