Promotional Feature: Terrapin Care Station
Sep 07, 2016 11:40AM
● By Stephanie Wilson
As owner of Terrapin Care Station, Chris Woods has witnessed a lot of changes in the Colorado Cannabis Landscape in the last six years. The entrepreneur who opened his first medical store in Boulder in June of 2010 then added a recreational store there plus two more in Aurora recently opened the first Terrapin Care Station in Denver after purchasing Denver Relief, the city’s oldest medical dispensary.
“There’s a lot of history there,” says Woods, who worked alongside Denver Relief owners Ean Seeb, Kayvan Khalatbari, and Nick Hice to help pass Amendment 64. “These are people I’ve known for six or seven years, and they run a good business. They were the first medical dispensary to open in Denver.”
Woods feels this is a good opportunity to finally enter the Denver market. “We’ve tried to grow responsibly and organically. We have heard from people in Denver who want to go to our stores but found it inconvenient to go to Boulder or Aurora,” he says. So the new Denver spot is located in Baker, a booming neighborhood with lots of residential buildings, solid nightlife activity, a lot of foot traffic, and a good mix of restaurants and shops.
“We want to engage in communities that want to engage our business,” Woods says. Whether standing up for issues like gay rights or homelessness, Woods has always felt that businesses need to support community values. “We’ve done a lot in Boulder, and there’s been some controversy around that. We really want to enrich the community we do business in. It’s only fair that successful businesses would give back and support the values of the community. We want to show that we’re part of the mainstream business community, and one of the best ways is to give back.”
Woods is planning to open a Terrapin Care Station in Eugene, Oregon, in the near future. And he’s excited about the possibilities of opening a medical grow operation, one of 25 being allowed, in his home state of Pennsylvania. “Who knows if it will happen? But it would be really cool to come back to my home state and bring the business I cultivated in Colorado back to my Pennsylvania roots. Some towns along the Rust Belt have never recovered from steel mills leaving the state. That I could go back and be an employer and give good paying jobs and benefits—that makes me really happy.”