It’s Friday Folks and We’re Ready for Retail

Happy Friday! We are on to the second weekend of our new reduced business hours, and though they are not ideal for many reasons, they seem to be successfully serving their purpose.  We know the move to reduce our hours is not perfect but we also know that it will allow us to provide our patrons (that’s you) a level of consistency that every customer wants in a business.  We truly appreciate your patience and understanding during the slower times as we work to allow the industry to catch up with the demand.  For now instead of keeping our doors open everyday and clearing out our stock, only to have to close our doors until we have more bud harvested, trimmed, cured and tested, you know we will be open every Friday and Saturday to get you stocked up for the week.  We understand that some would argue that consistency implies being open on a more frequent basis and we hear you.  Unfortunately, it is simply not possible at this point in time where the amount of cultivators that are up and running is very low, and those that are open are still working out the kinks and expanding their grows, just as we are, in an industry that was illegal a few years ago.  The process of growing marijuana itself is quite time-consuming with the minimum time for a crop from clone to harvest at about 3-4 months. Not to mention the requirements put in place by the state such as testing, proper labeling and packaging, etc.  We want more than anything to be able to provide all 100,000 residents of the Fairbanks North Star Borough with the desired amount of herb that they like to consume.  We can say 100% without a doubt that is the goal we want to reach, and we believe we will. In the mean time, we can be sure to be open every Friday and Saturday until we can get back to a full week schedule…  And soon we will be because we are on a constant mission, along with all the other licensed cultivators, to upgrade, expand and improve our cultivation infrastructure so that we can serve Fairbanks the highest quality marijuana at the highest rate possible, to complete our ultimate goal in the normalization of this exciting industry! …. (nailed it!)

Attack of the Clones

We have some exciting news for all you (aspiring) gardeners out there.  This week will mark the first time we have clones for sale at Pakalolo Supply Company! We believe this also marks a huge milestone in the goal of normalizing the retail cannabis industry when you know you can go to the store and buy some cannabis plants for your home or garden.  It puts a smile on my face just thinking about it!  For those of you that don’t know, clones are very young, basically baby, marijuana plants that start out as a branch cut from matured female plants in the vegetative stage.  The cuts are placed into a growing medium with a rooting hormone and are kept very moist until they are fully rooted.  The clones we’ll have in store today and tomorrow are fully rooted in 4×4 inches of soil, slightly below 8 inches tall and ready to be moved into a bigger pot to take on nutrients and a higher wattage light source. In other words, they are ready for adoption by a responsible guardian who can nurture them into adult life where they can have clone babies and beautiful frosty buds of their own one day!

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Northern Lights are out tonight.
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They are so adorable at this age!

This weekend we will be offering both Northern Lights (pictured above) and Girl Scout Cookies clones at $30 a piece for you cultivation pleasure.  You will see them behind our corner counter, right when you walk in the door, glowing in a flourescent aura.  They will be waiting here for you to take them home whether you are an experienced cannabis cultivator, a green thumb that has always wanted to take a whack at cannabis or even a complete beginner.  However, they most likely won’t be waiting very long as we have a very limited supply at approximately 25 total.  It is to be expected as it is a gift that will keep on giving if handled correctly. Not to mention that Northern Lights and Girl Scout Cookies could be considered cult classics… On your mark. Get set! GO!

What’s on the Menu?

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This weekend our menu has everything our menu had last week in addition to the return of Cannalope Haze from Subsistence Products a sativa dominant hybrid coming in at 15.5% THC. The following read is from the description on Leafly:

“Like the name suggests, Cannalope Haze is a sweet mix of tropical, melon, and floral flavors. Almost a pure sativa that crosses Haze Brothers Original Haze and a Mexican landrace, this strain is a great solution for fatigue and when struggling with appetite loss.”

We also are featuring Sunrise Garden’s Session Joints which are low-cost, low THC prerolls at 8% THC and a price of only $8.  If you would like to see the full menu please visit our website at www.PakaloloSupplyCo.com/menu.html where you can view our Weedmaps interactive menu and stream the menu that appears on the televisions in store. Thanks for stopping by to catch up and we hope to see you this weekend at Pakalolo Supply Company. Mahalo!

 

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Are We There Yet…?

Well folks it’s one week down and one week to go.  Yes, you read correctly.  We will be opening next Friday 3pm-8pm and Saturday 12pm-6pm and with our menu offering the biggest selection of strains to date!  We have received the test results for our harvest of Girl Scout Cookies and have been hard at work weighing, packaging and labeling the product for retail.  We are now awaiting the test results for the next harvest in line consisting of not 1, not 2, not even 3 but 5 different strains! (That was my best infomercial impression)  Some of them are returning favorites such as Mauna Kea White Fire OG and Northern Lights.  We will also see Pele Fire OG making its second appearance.  On top of those we will have 2 brand new strains that will be rearing their beautiful buds for the first time in our store front.  I can’t specify what they are in this blog post but if you look hard enough you can figure out at least one of the strains.  I’ll even give you a hint: its a fictional fruit from an old classic film ;).  We will also still have Orange Passion, CBD Critical Mass and The Cure on shelves for your purchasing pleasure.  That puts us at a total of 9 strains for next Friday and Saturday!  We are very excited to open our doors back up with the the biggest variety and highest quality of cannabis product in the state of Alaska.    We expect it to be quite the whirlwind of awesomeness and hope to see each and everyone of you there.

We are extremely grateful for your patience during our down time as we all wait for the industry to catch up to expectations.  However, since this hasn’t happened yet we are working on coming up with new business hours that will sustain the amount of legal marijuana available in the state right now.  This way, instead of closing our doors for a 2-3 week span again, we will open our doors once or twice a week, similar to what we are doing next weekend, so that you can stock up.  We will update you with a blog post as soon as we lock in hours that we think will serve the community to the best of our capabilities while also keeping our doors open consistently the same hours every week.

Check back next week for a blog post about our Hawaiian roots and how they have influenced our business from when it was just idea until now where it is full fledged. Thanks for staying tuned and we well see you next weekend for the marijuana mayhem that will undoubtedly follow our doors opening… Mahalo!

Behind Closed Doors

Greetings fellow Fairbanksans, and happy new year! The days leading up to Christmas we had an increased flow of eager customers as any retail shop does.  Whether you were picking up some pop tops full of joy as gifts, or picking up a some Christmas trees to light up yourself, you pretty much cleaned us out!  This is a relatively good problem to have and we are very, very appreciative of your patronage. By now many of you have discovered that we have not been open for business our normal hours of operation.  In fact we have not been open at all since Christmas besides New Year’s Eve, which we opened the doors for one last push to get as many customers stocked up to bring in the new year. Unfortunately, our doors will now be closed short-term as we harvest, trim and cure our next crop and get samples of flower down to CannTest in Anchorage for testing, once the bud is appropriately cured.  These processes together will take about two weeks giving us the opportunity to open our doors the week of January 16.  We know that this news is disappointing and can be frustrating for those that depend on us to get their cannabis. Believe me when I see that we are just as disappointed and wish nothing more than to be able to open our doors everyday for our normal operating hours to ensure that as many of you as possible are happily supplied with the highest quality marijuana in town. As the industry continues to grow in 2017, this wish will become a reality.

We are currently expanding our cultivation so that we can keep up with the outstanding demand of the North Star Borough.  Also, more local cultivators will get their licensing and begin to ween their baby plants into their adult life where they will produce beautiful, fully cured buds to put on our shelves giving us a larger variety of strains.  Then as the number of licensed cultivators grows in both Fairbanks and Anchorage, hopefully less of the product cultivated here will be sent down to Anchorage for the larger margin.  These processes will take time in an industry that is as closely monitored as legal retail marijuana.  There are no corners to cut and we pride ourselves on doing things the way they are intended and required by the state.  We want to be the marijuana retail and cultivation facility that is used as an example for following guidelines. It will show the state, and those that are not convinced, that legalizing marijuana was the right choice. That it can be as normal as purchasing a bottle of wine  (not to mention less harmful) while generating enormous amounts of revenue for our mighty state of Alaska.    This will help to normalize an industry that right now is still heavily scrutinized by some.

Though our doors are closed to the public our team is still very hard at work everyday at Pakalolo Supply Company so that when we open them back up we can bring you the best experience purchasing cannabis in the state.   Right now members of our team are prepping for reopening by harvesting, trimming and packaging product and our master growers are constantly putting in work into our ever evolving cultivation.  Our plants live the duration of their entire life in 4×4 beds using a method called no-till farming. No-till farming is exactly what it sounds like.  The soil in the beds is treated like a living organism as it is very microbial rich and is never replaced, or tilled..  The same soil, which is basically untouched, is used again for the next batch of plants.

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Notice the green cover over the soil

This creates an ecosystem in each of the 4×4 beds and increases the amount of water that infiltrates into the soil, organic matter retention and cycling of nutrients making the soil more resilient. This allows each batch of plants, due to the evolution of the bed, to result in better looking, smelling and tasting flower with higher THC or CBD percentages and terpene content (flavor and smell).  We also support the growth of our plants using made in-house, all natural nutrients made using Korean farming methods.  This involves the use of fruit, vegetables and herb as well as the process of fermentation to break down and recycle the waste created by the cannabis plants.  Though we pride ourselves on quality above quantity, as we reach the pinnacle of evolution in our no-till beds and our plants are producing the highest quality marijuana in the state, the yields will follow lead and grow as well.  As this happens we will continue to increase our level of production to fit as many plants as possible to happily grow in “the old Frito-lay place”.

 

We are also updating our retail store front in a number of ways.  The next time you walk into Pakalolo Supply Co. you will notice that it is easier to see what is currently being offered on our menu.  Instead of having to glance at the paper menu taped to the glass on the way in the door, or wait until you get to the front of the line to get your hands on that piece of paper, you will notice beautiful full HD  40″ televisions mounted to the wall behind the counters.  These monitors will display our menu in a colorful and easy to read manner.

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This will allow you to view the menu as you wait in line or browse the store while waiting for your turn at the register with one of our knowledgeable budtenders.  That way customers will more often know what they want when they get to the counter.  This will help to get ganja in the customer’s pocket and out the door more conveniently and comfortably.  This is not to say we want customers rushing themselves by any means.  We are more than happy to answer any questions, elaborate on any concerns and let people view and smell the product before purchasing.  After all making the purchase in a legal retail cannabis shop is half the fun and something we have all been waiting on for decades. We think the TV menus are going to look pretty slick in our store front and we can’t wait to see what you think!

Going forward we will be posting a “Weekly Update,” similar to this one every Friday as close to noon as possible.  It will contain updates about new strains, product, upgrades to our facility as well as any news effecting our business hours (which we hope will not happen very often, or ever).  Besides the “Weekly Update,” we hope to have other occasional snap shot posts about marijuana, our cultivation, employees and other miscellaneous topics centered around our store and this industry. We encourage you to take a minute every day to check our website @ http://www.pakalolosupplyco.com to view our menu and read the PakaBlog for any and all information that you could possibly need about Pakalolo Supply Company.

Once again we would like apologize for the inconvenience of cutting back our business hours and thank your for your understanding.  We should have our doors open the week of January 16 and hope to see all of you here.  Mahalo!