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These Are The 20 Best Dispensaries in Seattle

Six years ago, Washington was the second state in the United States, after Colorado, to authorize the sale and use of recreational cannabis. 

Since then, Seattle has grown into one of the biggest hubs in the cannabis industry, not just in Washington but in the world. Tourists come from all around the world to participate in the cannabis culture. Every year, the Emerald City hosts HempFest, the largest hemp festival in the world. According to an April 2019 article on Thrillist, over 516 retailers in Washington State spent over $1 billion on flowers, edibles, concentrates, and other products. 


We here at ONE37pm decided to name the Top 20 cannabis shops in the Seattle area that you should check out the next time you’re in the area.

1. Clutch Cannabis in Seattle

People arriving in Seattle are warmly welcomed and guided by their first legal experience with the same enthusiasm as regular pick-ups of their daily projects.

When you look at the menu and descriptions on the site, it helps narrow down your choices, and customers always trust the suggestions they’re  given.

Some of their products include Strawberry Shortcake [Indica], Cookies & Cream [Hybrid], Rainbow Sherbet [Hybrid], Orange Daiquiri [Indica Hybrid], and Duct Tape [Hybrid].

2. Evergreen Market – North Renton

Complete with a super friendly staff who make you feel at home when you go in, if you are a first-time customer and do not really know what you are looking for, the staff is really patient and will  help  you find the right product.

The store is very clean, and they have an express window that makes things really easy for on-line pickups or when you already know exactly what you want. By far, this is the best dispensary in the Renton, Washington area due to the fantastic customer service and the offers they provide.

Products include: Cake Crasher [Hybrid], Black Cherry Soda [Hybrid], Wedding Cake [Indica Hybrid], Grape Cake [Indica Hybrid], Big Smooth [Hybrid], and Blueberry Muffins [Hybrid].

3. Uncle Ike’s Capitol Hill Marijuana Dispensary

If you are on Capitol Hill and need a dispensary to go to, Uncle Ike’s is the place to go.  They have an excellent inventory selection, and you can pre-order online and pick up can be completed in one hour, and it is a straightforward process.

Products include Girl Scout Cookies [hybrid], Pearly Glue [Hybrid], and Blackberry [Hyrid].

4. Have a Heart | Recreational Cannabis Dispensary in Skyway

Have a Heart in Skyway is a great shop to visit.  Their prices beat out a lot of their competitors in Renton, and the addition of your phone number to their loyalty program makes it even better. The choice is smaller, and it is a smaller place, but for someone who likes shopping for the same products, this is a great location.

Their products include Phat Panda, Freddy’s Fuego, Tree Hawk, Green Crack, Orange Zkittlez, and OG Chem. The staff is fast, friendly, and cool. There’s usually a line, but the online ordering is so fast, you can even make it there and go to that line instead.

5. Shawn Kemp’s Cannabis Dispensary in Seattle

The location is such a convenience to customers. It also has competitive prices to other dispensaries in the Seattle area. 

It works like a properly oiled machine. You can also pre-order and have the option of coming to retrieve your order when they text you to tell you that it is ready. They also have curbside pickup which makes it extremely convenient.

Products include Blue Dream NWCS B75 [Sativa], Strawberry Mad Dawg 4EverTree C160D [Sativa] Girl Scout Cookies 4EverTree C161 [Hybird], and Gorilla Glue Banger Series A3 [Hybrid].

6. Origins Cannabis West Seattle Marijuana Dispensary

The staff is very knowledgeable and helps customers find what they are looking for. I strongly recommend this location for all your cannabis needs. They are extremely skilled and professional.

If you are looking for some fire weed and try some of their Master Headband from Sensi Organix. Customers say it is some of the best weed that they have ever smoked.

Products include Sun Sokd Jack Herer, Sparket Lemon Cookies, Sun Sokd Pineapple Muffin, and Origins Gas Mask.

7. Pot Shop on Dexter Ave

With exceptional customer service and an online ordering system that is simple to use, they offer a relaxed atmosphere with budtenders that make me feel like a valued customer, not just some other number.

Products include Milk Chocolate Squares [Hybrid], Water Yer Melon [Hybrid], ManBearPig OG [Hybrid], and Raspberry Haze [Hybrid].

8. The West Seattle Marijuana Store

This joint has some of the nicest and most knowledgeable staff in the Seattle area.

They have various daily offers for edible products, oil/wax, pre-rollers, flowers, and cartridges. Highly recommended. Just as an FYI before you head over, they only accept horizontal IDs.

Products include Wavy Blue by Okanogan Gold, Trainwreck by High-Frequency Farms, and Dutch Oven by Columbia River Reserve.

9. Dockside Cannabis Recreational Dispensary – SODO

A great store with even better people. Superb visuals on all products, non-pressurized environment. . Kiona’s Lemon Cheesecake Thai is a customer favorite, but also the Lazy Bee’s Tesla Tower, which is a hybrid.

The pre-rolls are a terrific value for someone that is looking for short hits.

Their products include Allen Wrench [Sativa], Purple Punch [Indica Hybrid], and Slurricane [Indica Hybrid].

10. Ganja Goddess Cannabis Shop in Seattle

The degree of professionalism and customer service has clients who want to come back each time. Everyone is so knowledgeable and willing to give authentic feedback about the products and I never feel that I am pushed toward a particular item. It is always worth traveling to SODO to support a diverse and women-led company.

Their products include Legit Infused Cone Blueberry Tart [Sativa], Legit Infused Cone Kush Breath [Indica], and Rogue Raven Cone GG4 [Sativa].

11. Green Fire Cannabis in Seattle

There are plenty of reasons to love this place with good prices, bargains, and a wonderful selection, but the atmosphere and the employees really make a difference. Clients who come here continuously use joints as an excuse to exchange pleasantries with some really chill folk in a very comforting environment. It is good to sit down and talk—great layout for the shop.

Automatic discounts as you buy more volume. I tried a low-shelf Green Crack from Buddha  Cannabis and top-shelf Jack the Ripper from Northwest Finest. While the top-shelf was more visually appealing, I think their lower-priced stuff is of good enough quality that you do not need to overspend.

Their products include: Creme Brulee [Hybrid], Purple Punch [Indica], Zen CBD, Lemon Agave [Hybrid].

12. Kush21 Premium Recreational Cannabis in Burien, Washington

There is nothing but great things to say about this store and the people who work here. Customers always feel they are getting their money’s worth, and bidders are truly caring and knowledgeable individuals. 

They have quality products that are seriously affordable through “rock bottom pricing”($5 pre-rolls, and $3 edibles, FTW) and offers like their morning and late-night happy hours where you can score a 10% discount.

Their products include: White Widow Flower (Pagoda) [Hybrid],Outrageous Tangie flower (Pagoda) [Sativa], Lemon Peel flower (Pagoda) [Hybrid], and Wedding Cake Flower (Creekside Cannabis) [Indica].

13. The Reef Cannabis Capitol Hill, Seattle

The Reef is one of the best cannabis stores in Seattle. It is located on Capitol Hill, and they always provide you with products at a good price.  As with any store, make sure you do your research on what you need for your choice of cannabis. There is indoor cannabis and outdoor cannabis. Indoor cannabis is always going to be more potent than outdoor cannabis. They are equipped with a full line of hybrids, sativas, and indicas. They also provide online help and share their picks online. If you are a veteran customer, they also offer a 25% discount.

Their products include Adak OG, Aliens on Moonshine, Banana Punch, Bazooka Bro, and Bifrost.

14. American Mary in Ballard

It is an excellent establishment. The staff is friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, and very entertaining to speak to. The staff is friendly, helpful, competent, and super fun to talk to—immaculate layout, and it is very easy to find what you require. The store also comes with great prices and a cool loyalty program. They also offer a wide variety of marijuana, edibles, CBD, and cannabis products for whatever you are looking for during your visit.

Their products include COSMIC: Grape Ape [Indica], Forbidden Fruit [Hybrid], and ORGROW: Dutch Dragon.

15. Mr. O.G. in White Center South Seattle.

It is an amazing store! Customers have never been dissatisfied with the quality of the products and the personnel is friendly, knowledgeable, and professional.

The Wonder Rub is a customer favorite at this location. This is often used by massage therapists while working on their client’s forearms, hands, and neck after a shift. Their other products include Alien Fruity Pebbles, Lemon Slushee, and Presidential Kush 1g by Green420.

16. Ruckus Recreational Marijuana On Capitol Hill

The staff was thorough, knowledgeable and the prices were among the lowest I have ever seen on concentrates. The locations were perfect if you are within the Seattle Capitol area. The Cherry Pie wax is really thick, only costs $10 a gram, and is super potent.

The location has other great strains like RSO Cinex, OMG Sykes, AC/DC Live Resin Refine, Super Lemon Haze Activated Distillate, Double Delicious, and ATF Distillate Cartridge.

17. Ponder Cannabis Shop Seattle, Washington

Ponder Cannabis Shop has a very knowledgeable staff that helped customers understand more about marijuana. They also found customers quality weed within their budget. They have a good selection and even organized their strains per farmer vs strain type (Sativa, hybrid, and so on). 

Their selections of concentrates include Refine, Dabstract, Oleum, SPR, Rouge Raven, and Bodhi High.

18. The Bakeréé- Georgetown

The staff is very knowledgeable and able to answer any questions customers may have in mind. They offer discounts during happy hour, and their prices are more than reasonable.

This store offers a great experience for beginners or people who are not so well informed. However, if you are someone who knows what you are looking for and wants to skip the entire indica/sativa conversation, this is a store for you.

Their products include Pennywise CBD by Western Cultured, Pineapple Express Pre-Roll by Gabriel, Platinum OG by Blue Bastard, Purple Kush Pre-Roll by Burnwell, Narnia by Soulshine, and Middlefork by Royal Tree.

19. The Novel Tree Bellevue, Washington

Their inventory now consists of a competitive selection. The staff is welcoming and highly knowledgeable and when you walk through the door, the doorman shares the discounts that they have that day. 

Many dispensaries have employees who check IDs and have no idea what the store is selling. That is not the case here as every person working the door of this establishment has a broad knowledge of the products they’re selling.

While their products are on the costly side, they charge a premium because of their location. Also, because they obtain their supplies from medical producers and processors.

Their products include Blue Cheese [Indica], Sunset Sherbet [Hybrid], Grapefruit [Sativa], Bruce Banner [Hybrid],  The Jack [Sativa], Ice Cream Cake [Hybrid], Raindance [Hybrid], and Juicy Fruit [Hybrid].

20. Higher Leaf Marijuana Kirkland

Some high-quality cannabis that is a little bit more expensive. As with most dispensaries, the more you spend in advance, the less you will have to spend in the long run, and this is definitely true here. You won’t have to take as much because they do have some really good quality green, but it’s expensive even for the Eastside. 

Their prices are about 4.5-5.5x markup when the industry standard is normally around 3.5-4x. That aside, the staff is very familiar and knows the complete menu indoors and outdoors.

Their products also include Headband [Indica], Poison Fruit [Hybrid], and Gas-N-Fruit Trim.

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Entrepreneurs Grind

Open Dialogue With Sunday’s CEO and Founder, Coulter Lewis

Coulter Lewis, the CEO and Founder of Sunday, is a rising entrepreneur in the lawn care industry. Lewis recently sat down with ONE37pm’s Phil Toronto on the latest episode of Open Dialogue to discuss Sunday, where he came from, and what he’s working on in the future. 

So, what exactly is Sunday?

“Sunday is a data-driven ad tech for your backyard. Where we plan a ton of information on your property to help you prepare your land, which is more responsible and safe for your kids and pets,” said Lewis. “It is really easy, it is focused on lawn care, and specifically having a great looking lawn without the toxic chemicals.”

Lewis was not always involved in the lawn industry. In fact, he has been involved with several different business sectors.

“I did a lot of different things, I actually started in the high performance automotive industry making really silly cars faster. I designed low production parts for Porsche cars and Mercedes cars. That first out of school job and something I wanted to do. I loved cars and still do. I wanted to do that, and chemical engineering,” said Lewis.

“So, I got to do some really fast and loose engineering, and while I was there, I realized that I was more interested in designing more broadly than just cars. I went to a place called IDO, which is a design agency, and I worked there in a more project capacity. Helping large companies innovate in services, experience, sometimes products, intangible things. It was an amazing experience for me to be surrounded by incredible people, but I ended up leaving there and starting a brand with my wife called Quinn’s Foods. So, Quinn is a CPG snack brand that is in just about every grocery store at this point. We have been building that company for ten years and named it after our first son Quinn.”

He continued: “When I started looking at lawn care, I realized that it is our third largest crop. By land area, it is tied with wheat at 40 million acres, and it is ten times more land than all the organic farms combined. So, if you half care about all the environmental and human health implications, well, this is a huge piece of it. Not only is it a huge piece of it, but it is also in your backyard,” Lewis said.

“The reality of it is that nothing has moved forward since the 1950s, but we put five-times more pesticides in our backyards than we do with industrial farms. It is some of the most polluted lands in the US in your backyard literally.  There was a huge opportunity to fix that chasm, and at that moment, it was full speed ahead.”

Of course, there was nothing like that on the market at the time, and it would have to be created. It would take a certain amount of time to test different products until they found the perfect one, and they most certainly did.

“We did a full year of testing different products across the US, and what we learned is the thing that we really need to deliver was about the cool new branding and better ingredients…People really do not know about lawn care, and they should because it is agriculture; It is complicated. It is turf science. We have a Turf Ph.D. as our Chief Science Officer,” shared Lewis.

They are looking to get deeper into the lawns specifically and help their customers continue to learn more about this space. To help their neighbors become customers, they are also developing more products to control weeds and other things in the yard. 

Make sure you check out the latest Open Dialogue episode above, and you can also follow Coulter Lewis on Instagram and Twitter.

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Gaming Interviews

Inside The Screen With SoaR Toby

On this week’s episode of Inside the Screen, ONE37pm’s Aaron aka Don speaks with the social media intern at SoaR Gaming and General Manager for Motional, Toby Lewis.  SoaR Gaming is one of the world’s biggest gaming organizations, and they have built a solid foundation in the eSports and YouTube stages. Currently, they participate in gaming tournaments worldwide and make videos on YouTube that reach audiences all over. 

As for Motional, it is a Social media management and production company specializing in managing YouTube, Tiktok, and Instagram accounts within the Esports industry.

He also has a background in social media management with a wide range of skills ranging from graphic design to digital marketing and post-production.

The whole conversation between Don and Lewis gives some great insight into how Lewis was able to tap into this space in the first place.

“So, I was in the COD community messing around, I would say for about two years. Then I landed an opportunity with a premade logo, a company called ‘Logo Hive”, and I used to do the social media management with the company.  I also used to handle sellers and creators. So, that was pretty crazy for that to be my first opportunity,” said Lewis.

While Lewis is at SoaR, he is learning how to present himself on social media, and the art of interacting with different audiences.

“I’m learning a lot from the team over at SoaR. For example, they teach me how to present myself on social media, interacting with different audiences. Something the company has been building since 2013. SoaR used to be an old COD trick showing team, but now they have transitioned into a more entertainment-based organization,” Lewis shared.

“They have definitely done some big things in the past and will continue to do the same moving forward. Apart from SoaR, I work at Motional, and I am the general manager, which means I help out with communication [department], I run the social media, and I also edit for some clients.”

Being a general manager and controlling the business’s social media are difficult tasks by themselves, but together they are rigorous. However, Lewis does not see it that way at all.

“I don’t see any difference if you are young or old. Yes, you will have more expertise and knowledge if you are older. However, you are younger, and you are being trained by guys that are 20 or 21, and they have their knowledge. I do not have any issues with being in the position at a young age.”

Lewis’ long term goal is to transition into mainstream business, such as marketing agencies and big brands like Red Bull. He is currently living in the UK and would like to move to the states, ideally Texas, Atlanta, or Los Angeles.

Europe is the current hub for eSports, but with Lewis interested in relocating to either Texas, Atlanta, or Los Angeles, it is clear the industry is expanding into other markets. Don asked him if he could see Dallas being the next hub for the industry in the States.

“Yeah, I do think that, especially with the content creators. I have a lot of content creators from Texas blow up. So, I definitely see it being a hub for Esports in the future.”

Make sure you follow Toby Lewis’ journey on Instagram and Twitter.

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Gaming New Releases

The 10 Best ‘Madden’ Games Of The Last Decade

The Madden NFL gaming franchise is one of the longest and most storied sports series in the history of video games. 

For more than thirty years, fans have been treated to a plethora of Madden games. While some are better than others, the Madden franchise can always be counted on to offer a solid football simulator experience for players.

While the series has not seen the same highs as it produced in the 2000s, the selection of games between 2010 and 2019 has a few notable winners.

We will break down and offer critiques to every version of Madden that is on the list, and then rank them best to worst based on our opinion.

1. ‘Madden 25’

I will be the first to acknowledge that Madden NFL 25 is not a perfect football game.

However, the overall package and the satisfaction you will get from game to game is so massively genuine and makes the game so much to play.

If you’re willing to overlook its flaws and realize that it’s about as good as it gets for virtual football, then you’re guaranteed to have some fun with it.

2. ‘Madden 2010’

While Madden 10 came out on the previous generation of consoles, we can’t deny its status as one of the best Madden games between 2010 and 2019. As a matter of fact, many critics believe that this is the best game of the franchise.

It took the number two spot on our list due to its enhancements in terms of player collisions, tacking, animations, and authenticity on the field in general. Along with the plethora of content available in various game modes, Madden 10 shows players how the franchise looks when it shoots all cylinders.

3. ‘Madden 16’

Coming in third, Madden 16 is one of the most groundbreaking games of the whole series.

Introducing numerous gameplay improvements that focused on passing game, defense, and penalties. The air Supremacy feature revolutionizes passing and catching from both sides of the ball with the new user and AI mechanics.

There is also a new multiplayer capture interactive system with over 400 new two-player capture animations with different results. In the past, players had only one option for catching the ball. Now there are three different types of catch to choose from: the RAC (race after catch), the Aggressive Catch, and the Catch Possession.

On defense, you can choose the play ball (Ball Hawk) option to take the more of an aggressive route to the ball or the new Play Receiver option. Madden NFL 16 delivers the most dramatic tackles in franchise history with a new, fully organic, physics-based gang tackling system.

They have also listened to hardcore simulation fans, that have been asking for realistic penalties for years, and penalties will play a bigger part than ever before. In addition to several new penalties, they have updated all pre-existing penalties and placed a system to control the frequency of penalties.

4. ‘Madden 11’

What the players loved most about this addition to the franchise was the tight rope it walked between providing a hardcore football simulator experience while still being accessible to new fans.

Madden 11 made major changes to the game’s execution and reception aspect, which became the gold standard for the franchise. With the addition of Game Planning and Game Flow, Madden 11 became innovative and helped to, literally, change the game.

5. ‘Madden 17’

Madden 17 was not a revolutionary addition to the franchise, but EA Sports did an excellent job of polishing all aspects of the game.

 

From the structure of gameplay, Madden 17 scored a notable improvement in the series’s common flaws, as a balance between attack and defense.

6. ‘Madden 13’

At the time, Madden NFL 13 did something that the franchise had not done in a while, leading up to its release; It made the player want to keep playing the game.

Despite a few small problems, Madden NFL 13 is the best version of the same base game in years. 

But these changes never exceed what one would expect on an annual basis. And although the aesthetic has been improved, the basic gameplay lacks the dynamic changes that make the true sport so exciting to watch. Madden NFL 13 is definitely enjoyable, but the shortage of evolution is more noticeable as each season goes on.

7. ‘Madden 19’

While this game in the franchise did not redefine the Madden experience, it does take full advantage of the PS4/ Xbox One’s graphical power. Madden 19 takes the series’ technical, realistic details to a whole new level.

The “Real Player Motion” feature creates an experience that is less like player control and more like life itself. The realistic animations and moves that players interact with each other are as close to the actual NFL as Madden has achieved so far.

8. ‘Madden 15’

This is the first time since Madden NFL 10 when I realized that all I want to do is play the game. It’s not because of a career-mode roleplay device or a clever collection of uniform options.

It’s because the gameplay is focused on improving my knowledge and skills instead of accommodating or minimizing the absence of it.

The blocking course took a critical hit the year before, and instead of bolting on a solution such as “steering,” a lead blocker. They improved on that mistake, which created running possibilities as reliable ways to run through holes at the line of scrimmage that you could exploit in critical moments in the game, and especially on winning drives or game-tying drives.

9. ‘Madden 12’

Madden 12 introduces new features in franchise mode that enhanced the game mode experience as a whole.

The players enjoyed a faster free agent bidding process, which created more tension during the cuts in the team’s formation.

While this game has offered many improvements on almost all sides of the game, they are minor and do not have a good effect on the entire game.

As a result, the reviews on Madden 12 do not withstand the other games this decade.

10. ‘Madden 21’

There are some nice things about Madden 21. The Yard sounds like a breath of fresh air. The new gameplay mechanisms to run the ball and play the defensive line really work fine. And the X-Factor capabilities add goals to the game and allow elite players to break away from regular players. 

That said, knowing that an entire fashion has been ignored, called, and then apologized for while being promised to be updated in previous years is daunting.

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Entrepreneurs Grind

Open Dialogue With the Co-Founder of Haus, Helena Price Hambrecht

Helena Price Hambrecht, the Co-founder and CEO of Haus, along with her husband Woody, are rising entrepreneurs in the beverage industry. Hambrecht recently sat down with ONE37pm’s Phil Toronto on the latest episode of Open Dialogue to discuss the Haus brand, why they started in the first place, and how they distribute their products.

So, what exactly is Haus?

“Haus is booze, and we are the first direct to consumer company in the liquor space ever, and we wanted to reinvent what an alcohol hall company can be today,” said Hambrecht.

“Everything from what’s in the bottle, how it looks, how it is distributed, the whole thing. So, it’s really great tasting booze.”

Hambrecht’s career did not start in the alcohol space unless you count working in bars at the age of 21. She started working in Silicon Valley with a background in public relations and communications for tech companies before she and Woody started Haus in June of 2019.

“I lived so many lives; I did have a past life in booze. I worked in bars from 18 to 21, and that is where I learned about the world, but I certainly wasn’t making it. I got my start doing PR for startups; that was my first personal adult life. Then, I started to see that Silicon Valley would need branding, photography, creative campaigns.

And I thought I could be that person since I have been doing photography since the age of six-years-old, and it worked. I worked with every small startup, and every big one, like Facebook, Google, Uber, and Twitter, the whole thing. So, that was the first ten years, and now booze.”

She continued to explain why she started Haus in the first place. “It really started by marrying a dude named Woody, who already made alcohol. So, this guy named Woody, he is my husband now, and he is a third-generation winemaker. He was actually making aperitifs and gorgeous wines for a decade when I met him. And originally got into aperitifs, which Haus is, when he was living in Berlin,” shared Hambrecht.

“He moved from New York, where he works hard, plays hard, shots, shots, and then when went to Berlin, and said everyone is drinking differently here. They are drinking to meet each other, to have a conversation, and to remember things. It turns out they were drinking aperitifs, and he said I have to make this thing in America.

So, when he returned, he took over his family’s farm and started making aperitifs. So, when I met him, he was doing all the things the right way, such as getting the cool distributor, got it in the best bars and restaurants, but if you don’t know the alcohol industry as an independent brand to make it big… So, Woody did not grow beyond being cool, and the best accounts and I as an observer said ‘that sucks.’”

 

According to Hambrecht, she has been drinking throughout her adult life, and while there have been many good things that occurred over drinks, the downside is the countless hangovers, not getting much sleep, and having to work off the calories. She began to think about why there isn’t a better way to drink.

“So, I started to do some digging and some research to see if everyone felt this way, and it turns out kind of yeah. Our entire generation felt this way, and they were looking for a better drink, but there weren’t any options. So, they are experimenting with sobriety, bitter in soda. It was just a clear opportunity of why there wasn’t any Glossary of alcohol. And why  hasn’t it been disrupted like every other industry.”

So, they decided to build an index based on Apéritifs and started selling them on the internet.

“If you are an Apéritif and you are made of grapes, and you are under 24 percent alcohol, You can bypass those laws that liquor has and sell online like wine. That gives us the freedom to say ‘okay if we don’t have to worry about what the competition  thinks or distributors, we just need to worry about what the drinker would look like.”

Make sure you check out the latest Open Dialogue episode above, and you can also follow Helena Price Hambrecht on Instagram and Twitter.

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Entrepreneurs Grind

Open Dialogue With the Founder of Behave, Mayssa Chehata

The founder of the candy company Behave, Mayssa Chehata, is a rising entrepreneur in the industry. Chehata recently sat down with ONE37pm’s Phil Toronto on the latest episode of Open Dialogue to discuss  Behave and her background and consumer marketing.

So, what is Behave exactly?

“We are a candy brand, and we make low sugar candy that is made with no artificial ingredients. So, we do not use any artificial sweeteners, sugar alcohols, artificial colors, or flavors. All the ingredients in our products are natural. But our candy, and what we like to hear from people, is still delicious. So, you are not compromising on taste just by going with a healthier option, which is important to us.”

Chehata has not always been in the candy business, but she has been involved in consumer marketing and branding for a long time.

“I have worked at a number of brands. I have always been [involved with] consumer brands, and I have always worked in a sort of a combination of brand marketing and partnerships or business development. 

So, I started my career in the NFL and was in the sports world for a couple of years. After the NFL, I joined Uber, where I worked in brand partnerships and business development. I spent two years there, and after Uber, I was introduced to the founder at Daily Harvest, which at the time was still a small startup,” said Chehata.

She continued: “They were just closing their Series A at that time. Now, it has grown to be a nationally recognized brand. I joined there early, and we were like a two percent marketing team when I joined. So, I saw everything brand and partnership, and then my counterpart saw everything growth and performance.

Then from Daily Harvest, I went to SoulCycle and led a business development team at SoulCycle. So, yeah, that was what I was doing when I decided to take the leap and work on Behave full-time.”

In the beginning, it was not an easy task to establish a brand identity, but the name of the company had been presented to her by one of her girlfriends.

“In the early stages, the idea went from ‘I wish there were a low sugar candy that I could eat’ to ‘what if I were to start this.’ One of my girlfriends is such a self-starter, and she has her own business and started throwing names out there. It started snowballing from there, and we were all throwing out these crazy names, and I think one of them threw out the name Behave, and I liked it.

It is kind of like tongue and cheek. It definitely piques your interest, and it sort of has this double entendre that I loved. We are making a better ‘for you’ product, but Behave also has this Austin Powers cocky connotation because it is this naughtiness of eating candy, but we are trying to dispel that. So, I felt like it had this multiple meaning thing, and it stuck,” shared Chehata.

“As far as creating a brand around it, I have always had my own thoughts, and as a person, I am not a health nut. I want to be really open about that, and I did not build this brand because I am keto, low sugar, I only drink [Healthy drinks], that is not me.  We are not a brand that you have to be on a certain diet or be a certain weight, eating a certain way or having to stick to strict rules around eating,” Chehata said.

“We are a brand where you can binge like you were a kid [with your] Halloween candy, but you cannot come back from eating 50 grams of sugar in one sitting like when we were kids.  We wanted to make a brand that was fun like when we were kids and something that speaks to that… We worked with an incredible brand studio out of Brooklyn called ‘Gander,’ and I came to them with that in mind. They had a similar vision and were able to align, and the brand process was so fun.”

Make sure you check out the latest Open Dialogue episode above, and you can also follow Mayssa Chehata on Instagram and Twitter.

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Sports Strength

The 14 Best Undrafted NBA Players, Ranked

The road to success is not about how you start; it’s about how you finish. It is no different from professional athletes pursuing their dreams to play in the NBA or any top professional league. Normally, stars are selected in the NBA Draft, but some players slip through the cracks for many different reasons.

Many undrafted players opt to play overseas or play in the G-League to hone their skills with plans to either re-enter the draft or be eligible to get signed by a team. Though some of these undrafted players never attain their sought-after spotlight, some have gone on to become integral parts of high-performing teams. We compiled a list of the top ten undrafted NBA players who proved the haters wrong. 

1. Ben Wallace

Ben Wallace is one of the most decorated defensive players in league history, but at the top of this list as the greatest un-drafted of All-time. Big Ben made a name for himself in the early 2000s, long before the Malice at the Palace.

He anchored the Detroit Pistons teams that went to six consecutive Eastern Conference finals, including two NBA Finals appearances in 2004 & 2005—winning the championship in 2004. The Hall of Fame nominee also won Defensive Player of the Year four times, was named All-NBA five times, and made the All-Defensive team six times.

2. Avery Johnson

Johnson played 16 years in the NBA for six different teams, but he was best known for his ten seasons with the San Antonio Spurs during three different stints.

A reliable point guard, Johnson averaged 8.4 points and 5.5 assists for his career and helped the Spurs win the 1999 championship. After his playing career, Johnson went on to coach both at the NBA and college level, most recently heading up the University of Alabama basketball team. Johnson is now a basketball analyst with CBS Sports.

3. John Starks

Starks scored a tryout with the New York Knicks in the early 1990s, and during one of those practices, he attempted to dunk on Patrick Ewing. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise because he ended up injured and couldn’t be released due to a deadline for recovery.

Lucky for Starks, he didn’t heal in time, and the Knicks had to keep him. He would later become a starter and became a fan favorite over eight seasons in Madison Square Garden for his scrappy play and never-back-down attitude. He made the All-Defensive second team in 1993, was an All-Star in 1994 and won the Sixth Man of the Year award in 1997.

4. Bruce Bowen

Following four years with Cal State Fullerton, Bowen spent five years between France and the Chinese Basketball Association. Bowen eventually joined the San Antonio Spurs in the 2000s and became one of the league’s top defensive players.

He was selected to the All-Defensive team eight times and has won three championships with the Spurs.

5. Brad Miller

Miller had a 14-year career as a stretch center a decade before the bigs.

Miller was a two-time All-Star who averaged 11.2 points for his career and was best known for his time as a key role player with the Sacramento Kings (2003-09) when they were perennial playoff contenders.

6. Darrell Armstrong

Standing shy of six feet, Armstrong found his role as an offensive spark and a defensive pest with the Orlando Magic in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He earned the 6th man of the year and the most improved player in 1999 after averaging 13.8 points and 6.7 assists. Armstrong played 14 NBA seasons. 

“I knew I wasn’t going to get drafted coming from a Black College D2 school, but after I got to be a Semi-Pro league. I made them find me,” said Armstrong when ONE37pm spoke to him for this story. He is now an assistant coach with the Dallas Mavericks.

7. David Wesley

Wesley spent one year in the Continental Basketball Association before joining the New Jersey Nets in 1993. He played 14 years in the NBA as a strong combo guard and persistent perimeter defender.

Wesley averaged double-figured points in 10 straight seasons from 1995-96 to 2004-05. Wesley now works for Fox Sports Southwest, covering the New Orleans Pelicans.

8. Raja Bell

Bell played 12 seasons as a 3-and-D wing before anyone knew about it. He was twice an All-Defense selection and a career 40.6% shooter from beyond the arc.

The best years of Bell came as a key cog in the “seven seconds or less” mid-2000 Suns alongside two time MVP Steve Nash.

9. Udonis Haslem

After playing a year in France, Haslem, now 40, signed with the hometown Miami Heat in 2003 and hasn’t left.

A key piece of three NBA title teams as an inside defender and rebounder, Haslem is one of the most beloved players in franchise history. Last month, he announced that he plans to return in 2020-21 for his 18th season. 

10. Fred VanVleet

After spending three years as a starter at Wichita State under Gregg Marshall—who just parted ways with the university after an investigation into how he was treating his players—, VanVleet signed with the Toronto Raptors and spent most of his first season in the G League.

However, VanVleet was one of the major contributors to the 2019 Raptors’ Championship and recently signed a four year / $85,000,000 deal after averaging 17.6 points per game in 2019-20.

11. Bo Outlaw

Bo Outlaw had a solid 16-year career in the NBA, playing for five different teams while averaging 5.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game.

Following a stint in the CBA before signing with the Los Angeles Clippers in 1994, he played for three seasons.

12. Jeremy Lin

After four seasons at Harvard, Jeremy Lin went undrafted in 2010 but was invited by the Dallas Mavericks to join them in Las Vegas as a part of their summer league team. He would eventually get an opportunity with his hometown team, the Golden State Warriors, on a two-year deal partly guaranteed contract, but a patellar ligament injury to his knee during the 2011 NBA lockout sidelined him for a bit. 

He would play a few games in the Chinese Basketball League due to the uncertainty of the season. He later signed on with the Knicks, and “Linsanity” was born. Lin would play six more seasons after finding fame in New York and won a Championship with the Toronto Raptors in 2019. Lin was reportedly working out with the Golden State Warriors earlier this off-season as he makes an effort to get back into the NBA.

13. Alex Caruso

After a four year career at Texas A&M University, Alex Caruso went undrafted in the 2016 draft but joined the Philadelphia 76ers for the 2016 NBA Summer League. He then signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder but was later waived. 

However, he didn’t have to wait long for his next opportunity because their G-League signed him for the rest of the season. The next season, The Lakers signed him to a two contract to play in their G-League, but he would get a call up in 2019. As we all know, he was then a key part of the Lakers championship run this past season.

14. Quinn Cook

Quinn Cook went undrafted as a part of the 2015 NBA draft. He then joined the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Orlando part of the Summer League before joining the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Las Vegas Summer League. After six preseason games, he was cut by the Cavaliers and then spent some time down in the G-League before signing a 10-day contract with the Dallas Mavericks. 

After the deal with Dallas expired, he signed another 10-day contract with the New Orleans Pelicans before finding a home with the Golden State Warriors and the Santa Clara Warriors. He would eventually win a championship with Golden State and then again with the Lakers this past season. Cook recently re-signed with Los Angeles after being waived earlier in the off-season.

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Open Dialogue With the Founder & CEO of Bubble, Jessica Young

An up and coming entrepreneur, Jessica Young is the Founder and CEO of Bubble, a digital marketplace for clean label food based in New York City. Young is a trained chef who attended the French Culinary Institute (ICC) in New York City. After graduating, she started her career at Michelin, Hu Kitchen, and prepared meal kit sets at a startup company.

Before starting BUBBLE, she was employed at Daily Harvest, where she served as head of product and operations. This is where she became known throughout the CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods) industry for her ability to spot food trends. Young recently sat down with ONE37pm’s Phil Toronto to discuss the brand standards, why she started the company and launching their in-house vegan version of Nutella.

“We are the go-to for clean label foods shipping directly from brands across the US. So, we have a really tight set of standards on brands that we promote on the platform. Really being that D to C point for brands, so definitely think of AirBNB of heavy foods,” said Young.  

“We do not allow products to sell with us any refined sugars, dyes, and preservatives. That customers have this interface with standards, and that is a lot of that guesswork of what is really in my healthy foods, and from there, they can shop paleo, vegan, and AIP diets. You don’t have to turn the label [on the product] that is a pretty key element for a product to gain that stamp of approval, and they have to pass our taste test as well.”

Jessica launched BUBBLE in late 2018, after leaving Daily Harvest following the closing of their Series B.

“I saw a white market for what we were doing at Daily Harvest but didn’t have the digital know-how. It also did not make sense for someone with three or more skews to make an online play on their own and the metrics there. Understanding the digital space for the consumer was not enough either, and we wanted to fix that, bring product and people together. In that quality way, which is how BUBBLE was born.” Young explained.

“The product that we launched in house is called Hella, and it is a Vegan Paleo version of Nutella. Classic stable, and it only has three ingredients: Hazelnuts, coconut Sugar, cacao nibs. We went in stock with Hella a couple of weeks ago. We have been out of stock this whole year because our Hazelnuts are sourced from Piedmont, Italy, and that is one of the biggest places that were affected by COVID. So, we could not get our supply out, and picking up a new supplier in the middle of COVID was nearly impossible, but we found a different supplier. 

So, we ran Hella, and we had a few thousand people who were on that waitlist for just that product. It was great to get that momentum going again,” Young said.

Make sure you check out the latest Open Dialogue episode above, and you can also follow Jessica Young on Instagram

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The 20 Best Drake Lyrics For Your Next Instagram Caption

Drake is one of the most successful artists in music history and a huge part has to do with fans being able to recite his lyrics verbatim.

Drake is also known as an artist that is in his feelings with his lyrical ability, which was accepted in pop culture after the release of Kanye West’s 808 and Heartbreak. So, what is better than serenading numerous listeners with Drake’s lyrics on the Instagram lyrics feature.

1. “Distance between us is not like a store, this isn’t a closeable gap, ayy”

Drake takes a major shot at Kanye West as he referenced West’s collaboration with the retail store Gap Inc. The Toronto based artist blames West for revealing that to Pusha T, that Drake had a kid that Pusha claimed he was hiding from the world. However, Pusha claims that Drake’s producer Noah ‘OVO 40’ Shebib was the one that revealed the information.

2. “I wanna do major things MJ in every way, I just don’t fade away”

Drake released the single “9” off his album Views and he shows the ability to wordplay with arguably the greatest basketball player, who plays the game with Michael Jordan.

He was also able to incorporate that he has been a part of mainstream music for the past 11 years with no plans to over fading away like Jordan in basketball, he will always be a part of the music industry.

3. “Yeah, all of my brothers, we equal I play my part too, like a sequel”

Drake is given credit to all his brothers for the success throughout his lucrative and prosperous career over the years and they are all equal in building the Drake brand and creating mega-hit records.

When they drop a project as a collective group, they are looking to repeat or surpass the success they achieved in the past.

4. “Cause, everybody dies but not everybody lives”

When Drake dropped the line in Moment 4 Life, he meant that everyone will, die one day, not everybody lives by leaving a legacy behind. When you make the most of your time here and leave everlasting memories that you will always be celebrated for in the end.

5. “Last name ever, first name greatest, like a sprained ankle boy ain’t nothing to play with”

“Forever” is one of the greatest warm-up songs of all-time. The song has also been used in various commercials, most notably Sprite featuring four-time NBA Champion LeBron James.

6. “You underestimated greatly, more number ones, ever how long did it really take me, the part I love the most they need me more than they hate me, so they never take shots I got everybody on safety”

Drake shows his cockiness that he’s one of the best to do it and that the game/ fans need him.

Throughout his career, Drake has helped artists in the industry by hoping for their single original versions or the remix of it to give the boost to put over the top.

It’s an on-going, saying if you can get a drake versus and it will sell.

7. “And I’m not drivin’ nothin’ that I gotta stick the keys in”

The way the flow changed up on the same song is also Legendary. DJ Khaled definitely knew who to go get to make sure that Popstar was another hit record. The king of phrases such as “another one” and “we the best” is guaranteed to churn out at least one radio hit a year.

8. “Kobe ’bout to lose a hundred fifty M’s, Kobe my ni**a, I hate it had to be him, Bitch, you wasn’t with me shootin’ in the gym”

During the time that the song was released, Kobe Bryant and Vanessa Bryant sounded like they were probably going to get a divorce, and at the time, he was worth $300 million in 2011, according to Forbes.

Eventually, Vanessa would respond with “I love when immature kids quote a rapper that has never been friends with Kobe and knows nothing about our relationship. Just shows how gullible they are.

I don’t need to be in the gym. I’m raising our daughters, signing checks, and taking care of everything else that pertains to our home life.

And Drake would send an apology through his manager to the Bryants.

9. “I told you you don’t need to worry about them b***h. All them fives need to listen when the ten is talking”

Drake is trying to convince his love interest that the other women that are trying to get his attention do not matter. He’d rather be with the ten that he is with and they are not finished talking and he is willing to pull up on her to chat.

10. “I’m just sayin’ you could do better Tell me, have you heard that lately?”

In the song, a drunken Drake lights an old flame and expresses his feelings of loneliness, remembering the times they had, and trying to make her leave her new man.

11. “We live in a generation of not being in love, and not being together, but we make it feel like we’re together, cause we’re scared to see each other with somebody else”

One of Drake’s deepest lyrics. He is definitely in his bag with this one!

12. “Ayy B I got your CD you get an E for Effort”

A personal favorite Drake song.

The track is sick and his flow is on point. The beat is also ill and everyone can relate to it no matter the mood that they might be in.

13. “IRS all in my books getting they Matlock on, all this capital seems like I left my caps lock on. It’s every time I plot a RETURN, I seem to SHIFT the game, see I can talk KEYS without pitching cane.”

This is a reference to a keyboard and cocaine “keys” that Drake is often embarrassed about because he is not a drug dealer. However, Drake says he can still rap on keys, without selling drugs speaking of a real keyboard.

14. “I like it when money makes a difference but don’t make you different”

From the song “From Time” off of Nothing Was the Same, this bar serves as a reminder to always stay humble and true to yourself, regardless of the success you might attain.

15.” My side girl got a 5S with the screen cracked… Still hit me back right away”

Drake is sending a message to his main girl that doesn’t hit him back when he reaches out. He lets her know that even his side piece hit him back immediately, even with a cracked Samsung 5s.

16. “Back to back like I’m on the cover of Lethal Weapon Back to back like I’m Jordan ’96, ’97 whoa Very important and very pretentious When I look back I might be mad that I gave this attention”

Drake drops another Jordan reference as he is calling out Meek Mill, who accused him of having ghost writers his whole career.

17. “Keep it 8 more than 92 with me”

Many people have connected with this song because Drake says to keep it one hundred with him, but fans can also relate because they were born in 1992, and eight is a lucky number for them.

18. “I know they say the first love is the sweetest, But that first cut is the deepest”

Drake is talking about how your first love is the sweetest experience you can have, but it can also hurt you the most after the break-up. 

19. “I mean that thing is poking/ I mean you kinda like that girl that’s in the U.S. Open/ I mean I got this hidden agenda that you provoking/ I got bath water that you could soak in”

Drake is not the first rapper to refer to Serena Williams’ “assets”, and he’s not going to be the last. By using the curves of the famous tennis player as a plan to bring this line to life, we get the impression that the girl on whom he is rapping has a beautiful silhouette.

20. “And I’ll be right here in my spot, with a little more cash than I already got/ Trippin’ off you ’cause you had your shot/ With my skin tan and my hair long and my fans who been so patient/ Me and 40 back to work but we still smell like a vacation.”

Drake is not psychic but predicting that his second album would have as much success as his first was a safe bet. Working with some of the usual suspects, like DJ Khaled—the song appears on his album We the Best Forever—and Lil Wayne, Drizzy addresses his long pause between releases and thanks fans for their support.

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Open Dialogue With the Founder & CEO of Recess, Benjamin Witte

Benjamin [Ben] Witte is the founder and CEO of Recess, a New York-based startup that manufactures canned drinks containing CBD. As the brand soared in popularity on social media outlets, it has navigated through uncertain CBD rules and regulations behind closed doors. Witte recently sat down with ONE37pm’s Phil Toronto segment Open Dialogue to discuss his journey to success despite not having paid for any advertising.

Before Witte founded his company Recess, he did not have a background in the beverage industry or the CPG industry; His career started in Silicon Valley.

“I did not come from the beverage and CPG industry. I started my career in Silicon Valley, working at two early-stage tech startups, which were in the marketing and technology space. I always knew I wanted to start my own company, and at my core, I would say I am a creative. Growing up, I was very into art and design. I thought I was going to pursue something in the creative field, but I am 32, and I graduated in 2010. Right when the Silicon Valley startup scene started emerging, and that was the place to be.

It was a great experience because I think I learned how to build a company around that entrepreneurial culture, and after seven years decided to venture out on my own. I ended up moving to New York and started to explore a couple of different ideas. I actually teamed up with two friends [Justin Hauser and David Hess] from a firm called ‘Life Capital,’ and the idea was to incubate various ideas, and invest in companies as well.”

According to Witte, Recess’s idea came about because he started seeing CBD oil featured in natural food stores. He was stressed, anxious, and a wired individual in need of a  reset.

“ I had seen CBD oil bubbling up on the periphery in natural food stores. I have always been a naturally stressed out, anxious, wired person, and I had experimented with various things to help me calm down, reset, and rebalanced through various points of my day. I started using CBD oil, and when I did, I started feeling better. As a result, I felt more productive, more creative, and less stressed out and creative.

“The second insight was around CBD itself, basically like the user experience of putting oil that tastes like grass under the tongue is not a great one. The way to think about CBD as a compound is no more interesting than caffeine or alcohol. It is just a commoditized functional ingredient that delivers a feeling that the opportunity for CBD is viewed as an ingredient in various applications and building a brand on top of it.”

Witte views CBD as the caffeine of the 21st century and, as we all know, some of the biggest caffeine companies in the world include Starbucks, Coca Cola, Monster, and Red Bull. However, if you look at their marketing strategy, they are not focused on the caffeine itself; instead, they are selling how their products make you feel. The feeling that Witte and Recess are focused on is being able to relax after using their products compared to what you are looking for in stimulated beverages such as coffee or alcohol.

When Witte entered the space, he knew no one in the industry. He took the time to research things independently, which allowed him to take a different approach as a business owner.

However, unlike coffee companies like Starbucks and Coca Cola, Recess has been met with various obstacles in terms of rules and regulations.

Legislation around hemp in the US has advanced in the past five years, but a lack of regulatory guidelines for CBD products from bodies like the FDA leaves CBD companies like Recess without a clear roadmap for the future.

The Agricultural Act of 2014 created pilot programs that allowed states to experiment with the growth and marketing of hemp. Then, the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, making it an agricultural commodity and defining hemp to include its cannabinoid derivatives and extracts, like CBD.

“The timing was perfect in some ways because we launched one month before this bill called the Hemp Farming act passed, and that shifted the regulations from CBD from the DEA, which controls control substances to the FDA, which controls our food system and substances. Something just does not go from a controlled substance to a 100% approved food additive overnight.

There must be a process to determine how the compound can be used, what are the labeling requirements, dosage requirements. That is what we have been going through, and it is an unprecedented situation in the history of our food system,” said Witte.

You can watch the latest episode of Open Dialogue above and make sure you check out Ben Witte on Instagram and Twitter.