An Elevated Cannabis Experience in the Heart of Woodland Hills
A store carrying bath bombs, topicals, tinctures, and lotions sounds like an upscale beauty boutique. Add vaporizer cartridges, delectable edibles, cannabis flowers, and CBD-only products and it soon becomes clear that the recently opened Atrium in Woodland Hills is actually a high-end cannabis retailer.
More luxury day spa than dispensary, Atrium feels special from the moment you walk through the door. Its friendly, knowledgeable staff has curated a collection of the best cannabis products designed to ensure every customer, from diehards to canna-curious newbies, finds the best goods around. They even offer the personal service of a “cannabis concierge” to help shoppers.
“We’re delivering an experience,” notes Chief Operating Officer Chris Berman. “We see people of all ages and levels of familiarity with cannabis. There are plenty of regulars who come several times per week, but also lots of people who have never been to a dispensary before… By creating a familiar and comfortable retail experience, we’re helping bring cannabis into the mainstream.”
The legalization of marijuana continues to expand across the country. While not quite growing like weeds, new dispensaries open regularly. Thirty-three states, plus the District of Columbia, have already passed laws partially legalizing marijuana. The District of Columbia and 10 states—Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington—have adopted the broadest legalization. Pot has come out of the closet and into the mainstream as one-stop shops like Atrium pop up in states from California to Vermont. Atrium positions itself ahead of the crowd, offering a more high-end “elevated cannabis experience.”
Cannabis is clearly here to stay. There’s even evidence that it was used as far back as ancient times for psychotropic and medicinal purposes. Today, there’s a whole range of qualities attributed to this miraculous plant, from treating the ill effects of chemotherapy to possibly even slowing the growth of cancer-related tumors. According to the National Eye Institute, marijuana helps lower the pressure inside the eyes, which may lessen glaucoma. It reduces inflammation and can ease the pain of neuropathy and other diseases while assisting with sleep, anxiety, and relaxation. The list goes on.
Atrium’s main aim is to elevate the way people explore and interact with cannabis. From the store’s elegant, light-filled space to the top-shelf products displayed in crystal-cut glass cases atop polished marble counters, the store has created a truly unique shopping experience for its discerning clientele.
“We saw an opportunity to change the industry,” explains Berman. “Many of the people on our team have been in this industry for more than a decade.” Despite Atrium’s more luxurious approach, its prices remain competitive with other area stores.
Atrium is ideal for those curious about cannabis but perhaps intimidated by the process of walking into a typical pot shop. The knowledgeable and friendly sales associates do their best to ensure that each customer has a positive experience. Clearly, there is a lot more to cannabis than meets the eye as we continue to discover what this magical plant can do.
5441 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
by Lori Berezin
Photography by Marvin Steindler