And then there were three.
On Friday, Bracebridge’s Bud Heaven opened a second location within the town, and their third Muskoka location overall.
Their newest location at 125 Muskoka Rd Hwy 118 W (beside LCBO), comes after the opening their original store on Manitoba Street in the summer of 2020 and a second location in Rosseau at 1146 Highway 141.
Joel Stevens is the owner of Bud Heaven, and has worked for several years in the cannabis industry across Canada. He moved back to Ontario from western Canada to help his brother in Oshawa after he became one of the first to receive a retail cannabis license as part of the Alcohol Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO)’s lottery system.
Stevens was planning for a store of his own in Muskoka when the space became available on the main street of Bracebridge.
“I’m from Toronto…but I wanted somewhere I could create that rural lifestyle in nature,” says Stevens. “I felt like Muskoka could offer that lifestyle while still being accessible to the GTA.”
After two unsuccessful bids to win a license, the AGCO made Stevens aware he was in the queue last May, and they received their official license to open in late June 2020.
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