click to enlarge Lee DeVito Shango.
Hazel Park’s former Coney Craver’s Diner will start a new life as a marijuana dispensary this week.
The Shango Cannabis dispensary is slated for a soft opening on Thursday.
General manager Spencer Faycurry says he believes the restaurant was closed for about a year before Shango moved in. The company is a multi-state operator with locations in Oregon, Nevada, California, and Arizona, and also recently opened Michigan locations in Lapeer and Bay City. (The name was borrowed from an ax-wielding spirit from the Yoruba religion.)
“I personally like to call our shoppers our friends,” Faycurry says on a tour while a crew puts the finishing touches on the build-out. “No one wants to feel like a shopper or anything like that. They want to feel that old school feel, like they’re getting cannabis from a buddy.”
Of course, Shango’s sleek, 4,700-square-foot sales floor is a far cry from a drug dealer’s basement. Tall glass “flower towers” are situated throughout the floor, stacked with plastic “bud pods” containing marijuana samples that customers — err, friends — can pick up and inspect.
“At a lot of places, the products are secured behind a counter with a bartender,” Faycurry