Pot shop takes home interior design award; take a virtual tour

This ain’t your dad’s seedy dope den.

Illustrating the rapid professionalization of the cannabis industry thanks to its legalization, the Minerva Canna Group dispensary project in Albuqueque, NM and its interior designer Megan Stone — head of The High Road Design Studio — just took top honors in the Designer Dozen Award by Visual Merchandising and Store Design Magazine (VMSD). The Designer Dozen award showcases the best and brightest emerging retail designers under 35.

“This list of up-and-coming talent represents the ones introducing new strategies and concepts and impacting the shopping experience in the 21st century,” stated VMSD Editor-in-Chief Patricia Sheehan.

“Bringing the cannabis world out of the shadows is a true honor. Helping [marijuana] businesses sharpen their retail design, enhance their image and atmosphere, and position them for continued growth and efficiency is our mission,” stated Stone, a graduate of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management and...

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