Who We Are
The Top Shelf has been open since Jan. 2015, we are a woman owned and the first cannabis store to open in Airway Heights. Located in a convenient location on the corner of highway 2 and Hayford Rd attached to the Exxon gas station.
Make us your first stop when visiting Spokane, meet our knowledgeable staff and look over the wide range of products we have to offer.
Whether it’s canoeing through a wildlife habitat in Costa Rica, learning to jet ski in her 70’s or vowing to raise her kids close to skiing, camping and other outdoor sports, Flo has always been a big believer in having fun and stepping outside of her comfort zone. And applying for a cannabis store license lottery at age 81 is yet another example of her “give it a try” attitude.
How She Got Here
When Washington State decided to start a cannabis store license lottery, Flo’s kids told her she should apply; “you’re always winning contests” they reminded her. Flo thought about it for a while then decided she would give it a try - she had just as much chance to win as anyone else.
Always the lucky one, Flo won a cannabis store license. She scraped together her modest savings and - with a little help from family - got to work. It took about a year of planning, building, painting and hiring staff but Flo kept at it until she opened The Top Shelf in January, 2015. At 82 she was the oldest person in the US to open a cannabis store - and today, she may still hold that title.
For a short time in late 2015, Flo considered selling The Top Shelf but after putting her store on the market and getting a lot of national attention she decided to pull back. “I’m just not ready to give up such an exciting new adventure” she decided. Even Forbes magazine heard about Flo and her cannabis store and wrote an article about her. You can read their story here.
Passing the Torch
In 2018 Flo decided to work on another of her life goals; to play golf up and down the West Coast, so she hired her children to manage the store and started her new pursuit. She now travels to and from the Palm Springs area depending on the weather. When home in Spokane, Flo stops by the store several times a week so be sure to say hello if you see her there.
The cannabis dispensary Flo dreamed of was simple: An inviting atmosphere, friendly knowledgeable staff and great products in all price ranges.
To keep this aspiration alive, Flo has remodeled The Top Shelf every few years. In 2020 she and her kids decided the timing was right to create a warm and cozy feel with wood floors, barn-board walls and lots of plants. They got busy and remodeled the store for a third time - and this remodel might be the best yet!
Equally important to the mood of the store, are the people who work here. Beyond their extensive knowledge about cannabis, our budtenders care about helping you find exactly what you need. They want you to feel comfortable asking questions about our products and if you’re not sure what you need, they can guide you through the process.
We have certified medical consultants in the store throughout most of the day. Stop by for your free photo medical card.
The Top Shelf ... our name says it all. We strive to bring you the highest quality medical and recreational cannabis products in all price ranges. We work with some of the best cultivators, processors and creators in Washington State who not only grow the best weed, but make a wide range of CBD and cannabis related products.
If you’re going all out for that perfect gift - we can help you put together something that will be the hit of the party. If it’s not quite payday but you need “a little something” on a tight budget - we have that too.
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