For most of us, the advantage of easy travel into the Rockies is one of the prime reasons for living in northwest Colorado. Road trips don’t seem so bad when you’ve got your own visionary experience right out your window. The beauty of snow-capped mountain tops, the greenest pine trees, and in most places, a substantial amount of history deep in the canyons and crevices of the mountains simply take your breath away. Stopping by a pot shop on the way up to the vacation house is a check off the to-do list; what’s better than buying your cannabis with the accommodation of a beautiful and a tangible piece of history that you’ll always remember?
Aside from the visionary experience, by the time I made it to the small town of Empire, the historic and comfortable environment brought me instant elation. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that Empire is a historic piece of Colorado history; in fact, it’s the epitome of Colorado history. Some of the original buildings were still standing, and the only main road in the town led me to my destination, Serene Wellness: the sole recreational dispensary of Empire, Colorado. Across the street from the shop, the old Town Hall still stands, holding the city offices, the police department, and a breakfast joint called The Hard Rock Café, uniquely referring to the old mining days of Empire. As I walked into Serene, I instantly felt welcomed into the cozy waiting area, which displayed a plaque on the wall giving a quick history lesson on the building we were standing in. The building was over a hundred years old. As it turns out, Adolf Coors was an original owner of “The Mint Saloon”. Only Coors beer was dispensed at the one-story saloon until 1915. Just a few years later, prohibition was a reality, and the two World Wars interfered with the gold production and financial structure of the town. The Mint Saloon was empty and deserted, and Empire more or less turned into a ghost town. Proof of the old saloon was displayed on the shelves in the shop: classic Pabst Blue Ribbon cans and empty whiskey bottles that were found underneath the building decorated the baby blue walls. I honestly felt the need to bring myself back to reality as I caught myself drifting into the history of the entire setting I was in. There was so much energy erupting from the feel of this town.
When we entered Serene Wellness, were greeted by Adam, the store manager. He was welcoming and informative about all of the shop’s product, especially the organic flower. Confidence was an excellent trait in Adam’s character, which I instantly noticed while he told us about the grow at the dispensary. There are about 15-17 strains harvested, an array of sativa to hybrid to indica dominant strains. Organic and hand-trimmed flower, grown in cocoa soil with a premium molasses flush. Wow. This is great quality bud that is clearly grown with true quality passion. There is always a warm appreciation set forth when I am introduced to a culture with a passion for the product.
As I began to ask about Adam’s favorite strain, he was already reaching for the lid of a jar in front of me. His selection was nothing short of glorious. “Cannadential” was the lucky chosen gal. It’s a comforting, 50/50 hybrid cross between L.A. Confidential and Cannalope. I was mesmerized by the attractive flower. They had a premium trim, and the nuggets were full and fat, without a rocky-hard density. Forest greens, vivid orange hairs, glimpses and tints of a deep purple flourished the flower. To off my experience, Cannadential had an earthy, herb-like aroma. I can see why Adam favors this gem.
I was then introduced to an indica-dominant strain that I haven’t met before: Lavender Kush. The name itself was so intriguing, I couldn’t help but to imagine the aroma and appearance of a floral kush. This bud had lighter, soft green and tender speckles of a light, lavender purple. The heavy kush aroma indicated its native roots, and the hint of lavender was calming and enthralling, to say the least.
Aside from the flower selection, Serene Wellness takes pride in their assortment of concentrates, edibles and accessories. All of the essential edibles were available, including EdiPure, Dixie, Love’s Oven, and a fun company that stood out to me, called Magic Buzz. Magic Buzz offers a line of infused drinks that can either give you energy, comparable to a 5-hour energy shot that you’ll find in stores, or night-time relief liquid shots that are an excellent alternative for those with sleep disorders. Baked goods are my forte when it comes to infused cannabis products, so I was happy to see plenty of home-baked companies spread throughout the store.
A satisfying array of flower, concentrates, and edibles in any pot shop is a plus, and finding the same variety of glass pieces, arts, and accessories in any head shop is also a bonus. My favorite aspect of Serene Wellness is the ability to find all these products under one roof. In other words, Serene Wellness is a “one-stop shop”. Locally blown glass was displayed throughout the case. Bong beauties, serene spoons and catchy chillums had very intricate design and detail through each piece. Rolling papers and accessories of all different sorts, hemp-wick from numerous companies, glass cleaner, flower containers, and every other item you would hope to find in a smoke shop is available at the dispensary. With this realization, I felt compelled to ask Adam about a nearby head shop in Empire. There isn’t a single open head shop in the town, which surely accounts for the “one-stop shop” method.
The next time you find yourself on the way to Winter Park for a nice vacation, or even better, a spontaneous exploration on a trail in the mountains, Serene Wellness rests in the epitome of Colorado energy. It provides virtually any product you might find yourself looking for. As they say, prices rise with elevation (this term is evident); however, the courtesy and hospitality of the staff, and the passion-grown quality of the flower entails a trusted visit no matter the situation. Not to mention, a visit to Serene Wellness is a historic experience all its own.
If you get an opportunity to visit Serene Wellness of Empire, Colorado, let them know you heard of them through the Dope Directory, and please give them a rating.