I opened the first licensed consumption facility in Michigan that allowed indoor consumption and food/beverages.
There were some fancy hoops to jump through to allow smoking inside, but the statutes allowed for it, so we just had to meet the air changes per hour and filtration requirements, plus fire walls and such.
For the food and beverage - we can do basically anything prepacked and heated up, but there is no actual “kitchen” just a bar and pit sink. So think, coffee bar, not restaurant. Although catering things in is also totally approved, which is nice.
There is a no go for alcohol licensing - since those two groups don’t mingle well in Michigan yet. But - you could have a caterer that also had a temporary alcohol license, probably. But you’d have to get that license approved, which I haven’t done.
Lots of casual people and tourists in the first few months. Plus some Northern Michigan (not quite UP) regulars. Enjoyable events, parties, puff and paints, karaoke, etc. Its right next door to an associated dispensary - so easy for people to buy things or order things online for delivery and get them delivered to their table.
I did not personally enjoy the experience - mostly because I use a volcano, and I don’t lug it around with me to lounges, and there wasn’t one available in the lounge, although I think renting hookas, etc. might be cool. But honestly most people are just smoking bowls or doing dabs, so it didn’t seem necessary.
Most of the customers I have talked to were interested in having somewhere legal to smoke - that wasn’t their hotel room (the Northern Michigan hotels are real dicks about cannabis) or wasn’t their parents/roommates/rental space where you have to smoke outside or whatever.
Some of the customers (aka the regulars) come up because they want to smoke together instead of having beers together or whatever. I feel like its about 50/50 but I’ve also stepped away from the business and haven’t been up since winter started.
Solid release parties and the like have happened up there, where people are getting hella free weed from adults that hand it out. Those have been pretty cool and nicely attended.
All in all - I don’t know how I feel about it. It has a great feel, but I don’t feel inclined to drive my ass up there (its a 3 hour drive…) to experience it. But if people were local or passing through, I don’t see why not.
I’d open another in Detroit or something - I think that would be awesome and well attended. Especially since there are so many local private clubs, maybe there would be people who would like to come out to a public club.