By Crystal Harrell
There’s a new family-run cannabis company running with the big dogs of Coachella Valley dispensaries. Bulldog Cannabis just recently opened this month, acting as the first and only dispensary located in Thousand Palms. Not only that, the father and son team of Sam and Levon Kapukchyan have created a state-of-the-art, energy efficient cannabis facility that does seed to sale.
Bulldog Cannabis has the distinction of creating their own cannabis, while branding and selling the products at the dispensary in the same facility. Bulldog Cannabis provides an interactive experience with sniffers and see the trimming process unfold with your own eyes through a window located in the front of Bulldog’s Boutique Dispensary.
The staff at Bulldog Cannabis has a combined sixty years of experience, and first acquired the current building at Watt Court three years ago, opening on June 1st of this year after they obtained their license to sell.
“What sets us apart from other dispensaries is that we are seed to sale, farm-to-counter flower. We grow our own product here and sell it in our store, so it makes the experience very special. We also offer VIP programs where we can grow your own plant for you. You can choose a strain and we grow it from the beginning for you and see what it produces,” explained co-owner Sam.
Bulldog Cannabis carries most of the local brands available in the Coachella Valley and those outside of it, including FloraCal Farms, Monterey Kush Co., and 7 Leaves. There is an extensive inventory of flower, pre-rolls, vaporizers, concentrates, edibles, topicals, tinctures, and accessories.
Bulldog Cannabis also offers loyalty programs and daily deals, as well as promotions and discounts. First-time customers receive 20 percent off their purchase. Another unique draw to Bulldog Cannabis is the chance to spin their prize wheel for a guaranteed free product, ranging from hats and t-shirts to pre-rolls and other products. Delivery is now available with no minimum required. Go to their website at www.bulldogcannabis.com for their full menu to order and get free delivery.
As part of its dedication to quality, Bulldog Cannabis has a pheno-hunting specialist on staff who is in the process of selecting the best phenotypes so clients can be assured of experiencing only the finest available, as well as in-house genetics and mother programs.
“I like to see the community coming together. We support the community and have patients that use cannabis to help them feel better and to relieve the pain. We have heard all of these success stories of people who have visited. It doesn’t matter what race you are or what level you’re at in life, but we all apparently buy the same thing. Seeing that happen at Bulldog Cannabis is what makes me happy,” stated Sam.
There are currently 18 people employed at Bulldog Cannabis, considered to be the best of the best of Coachella Valley growers with decades of experience in the growing industry. Store manager Declan Reilly is knowledgeable about all the products that Bulldog Cannabis carries. Growers Thomas Meade and Damien Shroyer are the creators of the company’s own product that is currently growing and will be ready in the next two months to sell in the dispensary.
“Your mind is more at ease when you’re working with family. One of the mottos that we go by is once we employ someone in our company, they become family. I’m very close with my cultivators, who I’ve been working with four three years, and we go to family events together. This is how we like to work because you understand each other better and work at a better pace,” said Levon, co-owner and the face of the Bulldog Cannabis company.
Bulldog Cannabis offers tours for VIP and loyal customers. While you may greeted by the company’s mascot, Zaza the bulldog, the namesake of the cannabis company is actually inspired by the renowned Bulldog Coffeeshop in Amsterdam, where the owner sought to create a “living room” for residents. Bulldog Cannabis promises the same welcoming feel and attention to detail with experienced and informative budtenders with a mission to elevate the lives of individuals in the Coachella Valley one flower at a time.
“The family mindset that we always make sure follow in our business also includes the customers. If we bring someone in the dispensary, we want to make sure they come back. It is a personal experience for us and part of the community involvement that we are passionate about. We are a new business and just want to get the word out that we are here and all that we have to offer,” said Sam.
Bulldog Cannabis is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. 10 p.m. To learn more about Bulldog Cannabis, visit the company website at www.bulldogcannabis.com. Also follow Bulldog Cannabis on social media to learn about upcoming deals and events. Visit the company’s Instagram @bulldog.cannabis and Facebook page. They are located at 72242 Watts Ct. in Thousand Palms just North of the RM Agua Caliente Casino. 760-481-3236