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A head shop in Windsor, Ontario is bringing cannabis accessories to a specific set of customers - women.

At Pretty Baked, they sell bongs, papers, cleaners and torches - anything you could need while consuming cannabis.

The shop is new to town and run by two women who are learning a lot about the back-end of the business as they go.

“Being young, we saw more of a need to come in and sit down and learn a little more about cannabis, rather than just coming in and buying accessories,” said Kat Blondin. “We had absolutely no business experience before we started this. It’s been a lot of trial and error, learning lessons.”

“We were here all the time,” said partner Jessica Rasgadl. “We weren’t stopping until we managed to get what we wanted.”

Both women had poor experiences at head shops in other areas, experiences they attribute to being female.

“Everybody was just so rude. I don’t want to call any names out, but every single [shop] that I’ve been to, they kind of look down on you,” said Rasgadl.

Because of this, Blondin and Rasgadl decided to gear their shop “towards the female stoner.”

“This industry is all around a plant that nurtures people and that’s what women are about,” said Blondin. “We nurture. We wanted to get rid of that stigma and allow women users to feel comfortable.”

An extra challenge was opening a new business in a part of town they said doesn’t have a great reputation.

“Not getting discouraged is one of the biggest things,” said Rasgadl, adding that their store’s location (Drouillard Road in Windsor) was “flipping upside down” in terms of regrowth.

The women hope their 4/20 neighbourhood block party celebration will help root them in the community.

“We’re here to stay. This is just the beginning.”

Source: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/pretty-baked-women-cannabis-windsor-1.5101869

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