Starbucks closes on Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue, but a new retail marijuana outlet opens

Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue business district may have lost a coffee shop, but it has gained a retail marijuana outlet.

The signage is down and the doors are locked at the former Starbucks outlet at the corner of Sixth Avenue and South Pine Street.

A few steps east at 2701 Sixth Ave., the doors opened Wednesday afternoon at Emerald Leaves, Tacoma’s seventh retail cannabis store.

Proprietor Matt Freet said Wednesday’s soft opening will precede a grand opening slated for Friday, Feb. 20.

The store offers 25 strains of flower marijuana plus six varieties of concentrates, 14 types of edibles plus a selection of electronic “cigarettes.”

The store also displays a selection of glassware, ashtrays, rolling papers and eye drops.

The marijuana sold, Freet said, is grown indoors, outdoors and in greenhouses in both Western and Eastern Washington.

Freet said investors have spent “more than $200,000” to open the store, and that he delayed opening “to start with the market at a more stable rate. We didn’t want to be the first one.”

Prices at the former Chopstix piano bar range from $14 to $22 per gram of flower marijuana to between $15 and $45 for edibles.

“It feels really good to finally be at the top of this mountain,” Freet said.