Tucked in a small storefront on 15th Avenue West, Local Amsterdam cannabis dispensary is slowly establishing itself in the busy neighborhood of Interbay. 

The business opened with little fanfare Feb. 15, although owner Ryan Drost said a bigger opening is planned once things are a little more settled. 

In a city that already has a surfeit of cannabis dispensaries, Drost said he is pleased with his location in Interbay. When he and his wife, who works in real estate, were toying with the idea of opening a second cannabis business, they thought it was an ideal location. 

“It seems like there’s a lot of future potential over here, and I thought it would be a pretty well-served area for a dispensary,” Drost said.  

He said he and his wife are taking a little different approach to their new dispensary, really focusing on what the residents of the neighborhood want, as opposed to offering a wide range of different products at one time.

“We’re trying to make it more of a mom and pop operation,” he said. 

That includes tailoring the product sold to the customers’ wishes. Since opening, Drost said staff have been taking requests from people, asking them what they want to purchase at the dispensary. 

“We’ve already got a suggestion box going,” he said. 

Drost already has experience running a dispensary in Longview, Wash., which he opened in 2014, when the market for legalized recreational marijuana facilities was taking off. 

Previously, Drost had been working in a finance department before launching out into the recreational marijuana industry after briefly toying with the idea of getting into medical marijuana. 

“I really wanted to try something entrepreneurial,” Drost said, adding he found the new emerging industry to be exciting. 

With his business in Longview a success, he and his wife agreed they wanted to open another store in Seattle. Already, Drost said he has noticed key differences between his two stores.

“Edibles are a bigger market, we noticed up here,” he said, adding customers also appreciate the offerings of pre-rolled marijuana cigarettes at the dispensary. 

Aside from those differences, Drost said he has learned people expect dispensary staff to have specialized knowledge, beyond the general distinctions, between the product sold. He said customers now expect staff to be knowledgeable about not only what product are sold and their general effects, but they want to know the chemical compounds and ratios of the ingredients.

“It keeps us on our toes,” Drost said. 

As opposed to his other store, there is a greater demand for edibles up here, as well as for CBD. Drost said customers who visit his store have requested product with high CBD percentage, indicating their interest in marijuana goes beyond recreation. 

“People are looking for the other benefits up here,” he said. 

One thing that Drost knows for certain is people have certain expectations about the product they receive. 

“People really want consistent, reliable products,” Drost said. “I think we’re trying to check all the boxes.” 

Local Amsterdam, 3200 15th Avenue West Unit B, is currently open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, but Drost anticipates those hours will expand to 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. 

People can find more information about the dispensary at local-amster.com and its Google business page, as well. Customers who are 21 or older can also see the store’s menu at leafly.com or follow the business on social media.  Email localamster@gmail.com for more information.

Drost said he also intends to start accepting orders online, which people can then drop by and pick up.