Tokyo Smoke (Broadview)
Tokyo Smoke has brought its signature brand of head shop/cafe to yet another Toronto neighbourhood.
This cafe is located on the second floor of an office building, furthering the shop’s mission to normalize cannabis alongside the innocent intoxicant of coffee. This is their first non-streetfront location.
This particular location is quite small, barely room for a bit of ledge seating among the displays of various gadgets and gizmos, but of course this makes sense as service will primarily be grab and go for workers in the building.
Their own custom house espresso with chocolate, cherry and creamy notes is made for them by local coffee roaster Pilot. A latte or cortado will run you $5, a cappuccino or Americano $3.50.
A candy cane latte is a seasonal creation made with beet powder (used in the same way as matcha powder) and peppermint for a sweet hot beverage with an earthy undertone.
All food is delivered fresh daily from Italian bakery Forno Cultura, including an egg frittata sandwich ($4.30) on a croissant bun with prosciutto and provolone that goes way beyond your basic egg n’ cheese.
Forno Cultura also provides the same sweet treats Tokyo Smoke locations in Toronto, topping out around $3.50.
Brandon Olsen collaborated with Tokyo Smoke on special CXBO chocolate bars ($10), dark chocolate with coffee, raspberry and cacao and white chocolate with matcha, sesame and puffed rice.
Tokyo Smoke sells their own product line made in collaboration with local creators, all with the aim of subtly guiding cannabis towards the mainstream. For example, their line of candles in their four signature scents might be useful for masking certain smells as well as being a perfectly ordinary houseware.
Seeing as they have shops here and in Calgary, it’s fitting that they sell wares made by Concrete Cat out of Edmonton, such as incense holders ($60), pipes ($79) and incense holders/ashtrays ($125).
They also sell items as simple as dad hats with the Tokyo Smoke logo in black and white for $45.
Other such simple products include grinders that fit in your wallet ($10 - $15) and filter tips ($3) and rolling papers with funky designs.
A special grinder card even functions as a membership card for their Coffee Collective program, for which you pay $30 for 30 days of unlimited coffee and tea. Programs like this and the presentation of cannabis paraphernalia in a new and different setting only seems to put this Starbucks of head shops on track to even wider reach.