Bodega is currently open for in-store and online shopping. You can pick-up your orders at the counter or browse their menu. The store has limited capacity and staff are wearing PPE.
Bodega is a cannabis store from the same folks behind the Toronto jerk chicken chain Roywoods.
The family has transformed the Ossington location of the Caribbean restaurant into a weed shop selling flower, pre-rolls, vapes, edibles and concentrates.
Marking the first indie Black-owned dispensary in the city, the familiarity of the faces behind the counter at Bodega (you might have seen the owner's niece, Chanel Isaiah, working Roywoods) wins the shop points for feeling hyper-local.
The shop has been redesigned for simplicity. A screen shows new arrivals and staff picks of the day. The full menu is available on a simple price card, or you can access it from your phone off the Bodega website.
It's more about cannabis and less about accessories: you won't see water bongs or pipes here, though you can get some Bodega-branded merch like grinders ($17.99), trays ($15.99) or lighters ($2.99).
Isaiah says she picks all the product for the store herself based on most popular orders and her personal favourites from the OCS.
That includes strains like Royal Highness from Good Supply. the Afghan Kush from Pure Sunfarms ($29.99/3.5 grams), Radar Kush from RIFF ($32.99/3.5 grams).
Shelving showcases all the different brands Bodega works with. There's Daily Special, the budget strain from Aurora, with deals like seven grams of their Sativa Daily Special for $40.99.
Ace Valley from Toronto beer brand Ace Hill specializes in ready-to-go smokeables like pre-rolls and 0.3-gram CBD or sativa vape pen, $59.99 each.
Kingsway has just two strains, Dayshift and Nightshift, making it pretty easy to decide what to smoke.
An interesting product is the dissolvable powder from The Green Organic Dutchman, which is vegan and good for adding into smoothies and other edibles.
Place your order and it's packed up in a paper bag in the back, where the 'speakeasy' section of the restaurant used to be. Turns out, the space was a dispensary even before Roywoods landed on the strip, so evidently Bodega continues the legacy — legally this time.