Fun Under Midnight Sun: The THC Fair and Common Kings

“Grow, Process, Enjoy and Celebrate!”

Greetings everyone, and more importantly, Happy Solstice!  Summer solstice in Fairbanks is a such an amazing thing for us to enjoy.  With the events ranging from the Midnight Sun Run and the costumes and block parties that go along with it, the Midnight Sun baseball game with the Goldpanners, all the way down to the Solstice Street Fair taking over the streets of downtown Fairbanks, there is plenty to do under the midnight sun. There is also plenty of people to do it with as everyone seems to have a unlimited amount of energy this time of the year and can’t help but get the most out of the warm sun which we have unlimited amounts of! Now is the time for floating the river, going to the lake, and enjoying these outdoors that have an entirely different climate most of the  year.  We feel that is best enjoyed with a little pakalolo kick. 😉  In fact, if you are looking for something to do this weekend, June 24-25, Pakalolo Supply Company will be partaking in the THC Fair at the Tanana County Fairgrounds.  The THC Fair will consist of vendor booths from a variety of cannabis related businesses including retail stores, cultivation, local artisans, hemp products, glass and cannabis accessories.  There will also be presentations, learning sessions and discussions with industry leaders to further engage yourself in the art and process of the cannabis industry.  One of those industry leaders will be Keenan Hollister vice president and part owner of Pakalolo Supply Company, as well as our lead cultivator, who will be speaking at 3 o’clock on Saturday. We encourage you all to come check it out and would mahalo any support you could come show us.  It is always good to learn the ins and outs of a new booming industry in your own state and home town.  To show our appreciation for making it to the fair we will be giving out promo items as well as selling non marijuana items from our shop at a discounted price including Pakalolo MEDtainers and rolling tray that double as frisbees! The fair will be open 11am-6pm Saturday and 11am-5pm Sunday.  In the words of the THC Fair come “Grow, Process, Enjoy and Celebrate” with us!  Don’t worry the store will still be open regular hours on Saturday for all your cannabis needs!


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Common Kings Return to Fairbanks

We are also more than pleased to announce that we are a ticket outlet for the Common Kings concert at the Blue Loon on July 1st!  Common Kings is a very talented group that plays feel-good reggae music with rock, hip-hop and R&B influences.  Their style dances along musical genre borders, borrowing different features from each and combining them into a wonderful sound that will undoubtedly make you feel better than good.

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This is their second trip to Fairbanks and we can say from personal experience that the first show was amazing.  Some of us went to the first show not knowing what to expect personally, due to the fact I was introduced to their music in 20 minutes of youtube videos right before getting in the cab to head to the concert at the Blue Loon.  Wow! I was missing out. They blew me away rocking the show with high energy and played like it was their hometown venue.  The crowd absolutely loved it, and in its entirety, was waving hands and calling back lines to the songs.  One thing we noticed at the last concert is their live shows are amazing. They really bring the energy and the party even more than recorded music versions of their music which had a more laid back feel.  This is what I loved about it so much.  They knew when to rock and how to put on a good show, then when it was time to turn it down and slow down the vibe they knew how to roll.  Their new album is hot! We’ve been playing it in the store playlist especially the new tracks “Mary Wanna” and “License to Smoke!” Fits our vibe just right, yeah? 😉  We couldn’t be more pumped so please come join us at Blue Loon for the Common Kings show!  Pakalolo Supply Company is a ticket outlet so when you stop buy you can purchase tickets here for $35 and anything you might need to enhance your show experience! We believe this thing could easily sell out so don’t wait too long!

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When you come see us to get your tickets you can also choose from different featured cultivators strains such as fan favorites Snow White and Blueberry from Alaska Cannabis Cultivators as well as many of our own Pakalolo Grown strains including Green Crack and  award winning Aloha CBD.  We also have a healthy selection of prerolls including our Manager’s Special: Sour Banana Sherbert Joints for $12 from ACC.  We will also be releasing more of our 31.7% Chernobyl Palms on Friday, but you blog readers are getting the first heads up about it! Check out our full menu at…

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As always, mahalo for stopping by the PakaBlog.  See you soon.

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INCOMING: Strain Drop Saturday!

Our test results have arrived which means we will have a new Pakalolo Grown strain on the menu today.  Northern lights coming in hot at 26.6% THC! The harvest consists of beautiful, full buds with an initial sweet aroma fading into a pungent spicy finish.  Its color is a rich pastel greens and oranges.  You don’t have to take my word for it, check out the picture below then stop by PSC to give it a puff on this pretty summer Strain Drop Saturday!northernLights

We would also like to mention that this Northern Lights batch represents some of the highest THC content in our Pakalolo Grown flower yet.  However, this isn’t the only strain we received test results for this week.  We have another strain in this harvest, which I mentioned in Thursday’s “Bringing Home the Metal” post (psst…read it to find out which strain), that came in swinging at the current Alaska record for THC with higher numbers than this Northern Light’s 26.6%.  You will see those numbers for next week’s Strain Drop Saturday.  You know what they say, always save the best for last… See you at PSC, mahalo!

Bringing Home the Metal

Aloha my friends!  Summer is in full gear and we are back into our usual groove after a couple months of intense preparation for what culminated in an amazing experience in Anchorage at the Cannabis Classic.  It was very fun to be able to meet and converse with those who have also been working hard to make the cannabis industry a reality in the state of Alaska just as we have.  In a sense it was a celebration of how far we have all came together since the day the people of our state decided retail cannabis should be legal.  At the event we got to step outside of our normal setting and show the rest of the industry how much passion we put into our natural cultivation and normalizing the sale of marijuana while also seeing what others have to offer.  We also had the pleasure of meeting consumers outside of our direct market to introduce them to our products such as Pakalolo Palms and The Incredible Edible Kit.  Prior to the event we were able to get those specific products to AK Fireweed, a retail cannabis store in Anchorage, so those who were interested in Pakalolo Supply Co. products at the convention had the convenient pleasure of being able to drive down the street to 4th Ave and make the purchase.  This gave them the opportunity to really get to know our products.

Conventions, celebrations and trade-shows are all vital for the long term success of the industry and the Cannabis Classic was a great start to many more opportunities to engage with consumers and other businesses.  It allows for these connections, important to a successful business, to be made while celebrating each others hard work and successes. Speaking of successes, we aren’t shy to say we had a few of our own at the Cannabis Classic!

The award show got off to a great start as someone dear to us got to be the first to walk up on stage and accept a trophy.  For that reason we would also like to give a very special shout out to Sarah Dubowski.  She kept her ear close the the industry throughout the the process of legalization and reported the stories most valuable to the public.  She worked very hard to keep the town of Fairbanks informed of anything that had to do with the emerging cannabis industry and she did it with style.  Her reporting, broadcasting and video features are some of the best in the state and for those reasons, and many more, she brought home Best Cannabis Reporter in Alaska! We are incredibly happy for her and proud to call her a part of the PSC ‘Ohana. Congratulations Sarah!

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From that point the night only got better.  Thanks to our die hard patrons we were able to bring home two more of the public poll voted trophies to Fairbanks to help cement our home town as the cannabis capital of Alaska.  The first award PSC won was Best Packaging and Design, which is something that we put a ton of thought into over the last 8 months.  We have always wanted our packaging and design to stand out from the rest and we think we have accomplished that in a number of ways.  For example, when someone pulls out a green pop-top container and you hear that familiar pop sound followed by a pungent, delicious smell, without thinking twice you know they stopped by Pakalolo Supply Company.   If its your buddies birthday and someone busts out a glass tube with a palm leaf blunt inside to celebrate the moment, then you know without a doubt that he/she has a one of a kind Pakalolo Palm.

 

That was our intention and we are so pleased that you noticed because branding is important in any new industry for a number of reasons.  You need to set your self a part aesthetically from the business next door but more importantly we want to give a little something extra to our customers. For instance, a reusable glass tube with a cork stopper from picking up some Palms or a box with a magnetic closure and some stickers from taking home the Edible Kit, or even just more info then the next store.  You will know more about the strain you are buying by reading the “Pakalolo Grown” strain cards we have began attaching to our pop-tops.  These cards have additional information about the strain including lineage and terpene results.

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These small extras give our products a quality feel which helps push our goal of normalizing this industry by making the customers feel good about their purchase.  We don’t want to sell you weed in a plastic (mylar) bags, smashing the buds, like its still the black market because that defeats the purpose. We care immensely about the product we put in it, so we ought to take care in choosing what we put it in, right?  We will continue to push the envelope in the packaging and design department to ensure that you feel confident and excited about buying our products.  Again, we sincerely appreciate the time that you took each day to vote for Pakalolo Supply Company.  We are both grateful and honored to be on your minds and we cannot stress that enough. MAHALO!

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But we weren’t done yet! The next award we brought home was that which took the metaphorical cake…

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BEST CANNABIS RETAIL STORE IN AK!

Award Winning Pakalolo Crew

We feel this award encompasses all the employees at PSC and every single little thing that we put work into as one badass, well-oiled cannabis cultivating, product pushing machine. The Hollister’s have dedicated the last 3 years of their lives building a company from the ground up in the uncharted cannabis industry.  After building the foundation they brought together a team, which really feels more like an ‘Ohana (family), that all carry a passion for cannabis from their pasts.  While the Hollister’s continue to pave the way in the industry and make connections, as well as directing, upgrading and expanding the company, the Pakalolo ‘Ohana is constantly growing and grinding to fulfill the growing lists of duties involved in running the first legal cannabis cultivation company and retail store in our great State of Alaska.  It starts with the research, technique and labor that the cultivation team provides who then eventually hands the cured flower over to the attention-devoted weighing, rolling and packaging team who also transitions into the knowledgeable and friendly budtending staff when the doors open.  They will help our patrons choose from our well designed and innovative products that you can only get at PSC… BOOYAH!  We have been recognized for the way we did it and we are more than proud.  We are honored and grateful to everyone of you who have supported us in a plethora of ways.  We literally could NOT have won either of these awards without you…

ONE MILLION MAHALOS!

We also entered a number of strains into the actual flower competition and we did alright if I do say so myself.  Our beloved signature strain Mauna Kea White Fire OG is now an award winning strain! Here are the over all results from the competition:

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As you can see in the “Overall Scores” above, all 4 strains we entered – Mauna Kea Whitefire OG, Alaskan Blueberry, Pele Fire OG and Aloha CBD – finished in the top 10 (actually, the top 9!) with scores given by judges.  It should also be noted the participating judges were not given any information about the strains including the strains’ names, test results or who it was grown by.  This ensures that no favorites are obvious, whether it be strains or growers.  With those safeguards in place we placed second in each of the 3 categories and third place in one of those as well:

2nd Place Hybrid: Mauna Kea WFOG

2nd Place Sativa: AK Blueberry

2nd Place Indica: Pele Fire OG

3rd Place Indica: Aloha CBD

We would like to congratulate those that took first place in each category.  You all brought some great strains to the table and it was a pleasure to be able to compete and push each other to cultivate better cannabis.  But watch out for us next year because we are coming for that gold medal! Still, We are incredibly happy with our scores as they reaffirm our all-natural cultivation techniques do in fact result in our cannabis becoming the best smelling, looking and tasting bud in the state of AK. We hope they also reaffirms your beliefs that Pakalolo Supply Company is the best place place to be purchasing your legal cannabis in the entire state. After all, we did win Best Cannabis Store in AK 😉

In case you were unaware, we have once again expanded our hours and are now open 6 days/week Monday through Saturday.  We are on a 1pm to 8pm schedule on weekdays while opening 1 hour earlier at noon on Saturdays.  Looking at our product selection this week we have replenished our edible supply with MoMo’s Cannachews, Butterscotch Brownies and Lemon Dreams. Coincidentally, Einstein Labs also dropped off some edibles…. LEAFCHEWS!

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Leafchews are premium distillate hash oil infused fruit chews.  They are comparable to Starbursts in form and available in the two flavors pictured above.  Each package comes with 10 chews @ 5mg of THC per chew for the low price of $45.

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The Incredible Edible Kits are now only $99 with tax! A kit that allows you to bake 15 cannabis infused Hawaiian Hula Cookies which is great value.  If you like edibles, and you like baking, then I’m telling you, this product is for you. As for flower, we will also be getting test results back from Steep Hill Labs this week for our Pakalolo Grown strains which means you will be seeing them in our store soon after (My guess is at least one of them this weekend).   Its always exciting waiting on new results for our own flower as we push our plants for higher terpene content using our natural grow techniques.  Like anyone, we like to beat our previous records with higher numbers, especially since we are the terpene record holder in Alaska as of now. We also have Alaska Cannabis Cultivators Alien Rift and Snow White back on the shelves.  We hope to see you all this week.  Once again, Mahalo for your support throughout the Cannabis Classic as we could NOT have done it with out you. It cannot be expressed enough! Aloha.