Business Watch Column – Aug. 11, 2018 | Business

A store selling marijuana and tobacco paraphernalia will soon settle into 37 Depot St., Lyndonville. Also known as a “head shop,” Kiss My Glass is opening on the heels of Vermont’s recent legalization of marijuana for recreational use. Owner Anthony Conley said he and partner Tyler Eckhardt hope to open by Sept. 1 and are trying to take advantage of the business opportunity that marijuana legalization can offer.

“We’ve received generally very positive feedback,” said Conley. “People often stop me wherever to ask: ‘When are you opening, when are you opening?’ I have to tell them ‘Hold on, I want it open just as bad as you do.’”

Kiss My Glass will have as wide selection of tobacco and marijuana products to offer, Conley said. There will be water pipes, oil rig accessories, paper, pipes, bubblers, cigar wraps, CBD (cannabidiol) oil, game and anime merchandise, and more. Conley said he and Eckhardt want to expand that selection in the future, perhaps becoming a licensed dispensary.

Conley said this is not his first venture in the paraphernalia business. About 3 years ago, he attempted to open a glass shop in St. Johnsbury. “People just weren’t ready for it yet,” he said. This time, having valuable experience and new laws will make the difference, he thinks.

Eventually, Eckhardt and Conley want to open more Kiss My Glass locations, possibly in St. Johnsbury, Montpelier, or Barre. “I think there is real opportunity here,” said Conley. “We want to make the most of it.”

Jaysyn Hope loves clothes. Not just any clothes though — eclectic, fun, interesting clothes. People notice, too; the 6-year-old’s style helped her get the ‘Fashionista’ award at summer camp (the second time she’s received the honor) and now her very own clothing store (kind of). Jade Monahan Walker, Jaysyn’s mom, is opening a girl and women’s clothing boutique named after her fashionista in the Littleton Tannery Marketplace on Saranac Street. She said she hopes to have it open within the next three weeks, just in time for back-to-school shopping.

The store, Jaysyn Hope Boutique, will offer a selection of unique clothes, shoes, boots — just like Jade’s daughter might wear. Monahan Walker said her daughter usually has trouble finding items that fit her style and small stature. At the boutique, that won’t be a problem.

The store will feature a range of sizes for items like tutu’s, dresses, unicorn headbands, and more. For women, there will be a range of modern, casual clothing. Explaining why she included the adult options, Monahan Walker said, “I think it’s just so much more fun if parents can shop with their kids.”

Faithful readers may remember Monahan Walker as one of the new owners of Bishop’s Homemade Ice Cream. Between the ice cream shop and the new store, it’s been a busy year. Monahan Walker said she left her previous full-time job to focus on the boutique and will be the only employee for the time being.

Looking forward, Monahan Walker said that she may host a soft opening in the next few weeks and will update the store’s Facebook page accordingly.

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