By Crystal Harrell
On April 20, the Four Twenty Bank and concert lounge in Palm Springs will mark its first anniversary with a special celebration filled with top-notch live entertainment and great deals. The Lifted Laughter Comedy 420 show will feature hilarious standup by famed comedian Jamie Kennedy and Kyle Anderson.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m. with free general entrance and VIP seating available for sale. In addition to the comedy show, there will also be various circus-themed acts like dancers and sword swallowers, with concerts and food trucks onsite. The dispensary is also waiting for the City of Palm Springs to give them a permit to close down the street and put a Ferris wheel outside.
“We are so excited to be able to celebrate our one-year anniversary. The entertainment we have lined up is something really special and some of the performers have appeared on the television series Freakshow. I think people are really going to like it. There will be games, music, and prizes throughout the day,” said Jason Nutter, the entertainment director for Four Twenty Bank.
There has been a variety of performers gracing the stage of Four Twenty Bank throughout the year, including Crazy Town, Aaron Lewis, Stoner, the Dreamboats, the Kottonmouth Kings, the Peep Show and Burlesque School on Wednesdays, and open mic sessions on Thursdays. The dispensary hopes to feature drag bingo and drag shows in the future.
Owners of the dispensary and concert lounge, Nolan Moore and Julie Montante, spent two years restoring a once-dilapidated building that sat vacant for over 23 years into an onsite cannabis consumption lounge and epic event venue that is now the largest in the state. Since Four Twenty Bank was deemed medical and essential by the City of Palm Springs, it was allowed to stay open during the pandemic.
“It’s been a pretty amazing year. Even though COVID hit, we tried to keep our prices in line and do everything right in accordance with the guidelines,” stated owner Julie Montante.
Nolan Moore started a prestigious financial firm over 24 years ago based in Redlands, California, that specializes in structured, liability and tax services. Over the years, he has created and operated several companies all in different industries such as real estate development, cosmetic service salons, cannabis distribution, packaging, branding and retail. Along with being an entrepreneur, he has always had a devout passion for music and has spent the last two years recording with a local producer in a studio in Palm Springs.
Julie got into the cannabis industry when her mother developed stage 4 breast cancer at the age of 45. She wanted to find alternatives to chemo, radiation and surgery without stripping her of her dignity. This was the beginning of an extensive and compassionate journey for Julie and her brother Leonard Montante to pursue their dream of helping others in need.
Now she puts her clients’ needs and comfort first from the time they walk in with a goal of supplying compassion to those in need in a safe and comfortable environment. Julie also donates five percent of after-tax receipts each month to local charities and works with Well in the Desert, Desert Aids Project, Martha’s Kitchen and the AIDS assistance Program.
“My favorite memories working at the dispensary are when people come in with ailments and we’re able to help them. We ease their pain and help them get off their pills. Our motto in our business is to elevate. We elevate all of our patients and try to work with all of their essential needs,” said Julie.
The Four Twenty Bank dispensary and concert lounge offers a wide range of products including a full assortment of sodas, cocktails, beer and wine that contain zero alcohol and are CBD- and THC-infused. They carry top brands of cannabis like Jeeters and have a vast variety of prerolls, live resin, wax, oils, enriched lotions and creams, vape pens and cartridges.
Unlike any other dispensary in the desert, Four Twenty Bank carries the largest variety of products. Four Twenty Bank encompasses 17,000 square feet and includes double glass entry doors, three oversized crystal chandeliers that each have over 4,000 hanging crystals, and a completely custom rolling point of sale cases to make the space transformable for night time and concert events when allowed. The lounge also features several pool tables, a giant chess set, and game room with an arcade set-up.
“Nolan and I have exceeded our experience and expertise. We have done our jobs with as much perfection as we can so we are able to bring everyone in the world of cannabis a fun experience. It’s a one-stop shop for everything. I want to thank all my staff and the people who have helped us get to where we are today,” shared Julie.
Four Twenty Bank has daily and weekly specials that can be found on their Instagram @fourtwentybank and menu. To learn more about their inventory and future entertainment events, visit www.fourtwentybank.com.