By Noe Gutierrez
Citidank is the newest full medical and adult use dispensary located on 68444 Perez Road Suites H & I in Cathedral City. Owners Sahak Ghaghian and Ruben Harutyunyan boast approximately 2,500 square feet of retail space that has been open since October 2017. They will be celebrating their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Saturday, March 24, 2018 beginning at 1 p.m. The event is open to the public. Coachella Valley Weekly spoke with Ghaghian to discuss his “high” hopes for Citidank.
PRODUCTS, SERVICES & STAFF
“First of all we’re open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. We offer medicinal and recreational users high quality flowers for all budgets and price ranges. We have edibles, topical creams, tinctures, concentrates, baking products and all the essentials and accessories. It’s really a one-stop shop for cannabis consumption.
We offer Early Bird specials from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. daily as well as Happy Hour specials 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (10% off the entire store). For first time patients we offer 10% off your first visit.
We employ seven individuals. There is usually three staff on-site at any given time to assist our customers. Aside from the high quality products and hand selection the service our staff offers is always well informed and they take the time to really do their homework and educate themselves on the product. Whether it’s taking it upon themselves or asking me or my business partner Ruben since we’ve been in the business for so long. Or we may go to a vendor to set up an educational opportunity where a representative can come out for two to three hours to educate our staff.”
KNOWLEDGE & QUALITY
“I’m from Los Angeles originally, born and raised. I’ve been in the desert for about three years now. I’ve been in the industry through retail and cultivation for almost 13 years now. I work directly with high-end boutique growers who come in with small batches. I don’t buy in bulk, I hand select all of our products. We are very selective with the flowers. I buy in small batches to ensure freshness. When we receive them they are fully cured, manicured and ready to hit the shelves. We don’t store cannabis in plastic. Instead, we load them into glass jars and store them in a dark, cool place in the glass jar. That’s the proper way to store cannabis. There’s a standard of quality and freshness that we offer. Everyone talks about L.A. being the Mecca of cannabis so we’re bringing a little taste of L.A. to the Coachella Valley.
As for our Topical products, we only work with people in the industry that have products that are tried and true. We always make sure that our staff that are behind the counter are a believer in the product that they’re selling. Papa & Barkley, and Apothecanna are our big sellers. I truly believe these two will become household names in the next ten years.”
“My partner Ruben has been attending City Council meetings and we’ve had a super welcoming and a lot of positive feedback. We’re just getting started here and are trying to make a name for ourselves. We’re trying to be the talk of the town when it comes to cannabis. The Coachella Valet thrives off of tourism so we’d like to be a destination for tourists as well as locals. We are very proud of our 5 Star rating on Weed Maps.”
CANNABIS and ART
Artist- Daniel Militonian, aka “Dunkees,” has been drawing for over twenty years. Daniel started as a street artist on the boardwalk in Venice, CA and now has two art galleries and his brand is widespread across America, and available exclusively at Citidank, including apparel and his original artwork and print.”
GRAND OPENING AND RIBBON CUTTING
“Our grand opening is Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 1 to 7 p.m. The ribbon cutting will be at 2 p.m. Chef Danny will be serving complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages. We will have vendors like Organs Brands, Kushy Punch, Indus, Papa and Barkley, Care By Design, Bloom, VET-CBD and many more! The first 50 customers will receive a special gift. Goodies and gift bags will be handed out and many local dignitaries are expected to attend.”
“Once we launch our website we will be offering delivery service as well. We’d like to eventually expand to a 2nd and 3rd dispensary as well as several lounges.”
For more information about Citidank, contact them below.
Monday-10% Off Edibles & Drinks
Tuesday-House Joints BOGO for 1cent
Wednesday-10% Off Vapes & Concentrates
Thursday-10% Off Topicals
Friday-“We Got 5 on it”
Saturday-Pick Your Deal
Sunday-$5 Off (Min $35)