Cheers to 5 Years of March and Ash
It's been five whole years since March and Ash opened our very first store in the heart of Mission Valley. Today we proudly serve San Diego from eight locations across the county. - Written by Randy Villarba
Can you believe it? It's been five whole years since March and Ash opened our very first store in the heart of Mission Valley. Today we proudly serve San Diego and Imperial from eight locations across the counties. From day one, our mission was clear: to create a cannabis dispensary like no other, a place where quality, community, and a touch of class come together. And let us tell you, these past five years have been an incredible journey filled with learning and growth.
March and Ash is more than just a dispensary – it's a hub of knowledge, a celebration of community, and a place where friendships are formed over a shared love for all things green. We have helped support our region through community involvement, food drives, sponsorships and events. We have even been lucky enough to have a few celebrity visits at the shops.
Helping the Community Grow
March and Ash has embraced a steadfast commitment to community engagement over the past five years, solidifying our presence as more than just a retail space. Our involvement with prominent events like California Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta, San Diego Pride, San Diego EarthFair at Balboa Park, and the OMBAC Over the Line World Championships has been a true embodiment of our dedication to supporting and celebrating our local communities.
Through collaborations, sponsorships, and community involvement, we've stood side by side with these iconic events, fostering an atmosphere of inclusivity, unity, and shared experiences. These partnerships have allowed us to connect with diverse groups of individuals, educate people about cannabis, and contribute to the vibrant fabric of our region.
March and Ash Accolades
March and Ash is delighted and honored to showcase its most recent feather in our cap with the esteemed title of San Diego Magazine’s Best of 2023 San Diego Reader’s Pick. This recognition from such a renowned local publication reflects the unwavering efforts that March and Ash has invested into curating a remarkable cannabis experience. The trust placed in us by the readers is a testament to the dispensary's tireless pursuit of quality.
Building upon this success, March and Ash has previously been honored with the distinguished San Diego Reader Best of Award. March and Ash’s sdnews.com Best Dispensary Award also solidifies March and Ash's reputation as a true industry leader, catering to the needs of its customers with utmost care and attention.
These awards are not just symbols of accomplishment; they are symbols of the trust that the community places in March and Ash. We are proud to have earned this recognition and remain committed to upholding the standards that have led to such remarkable achievements.
Hanging with the Highcons
Over the past five years March and Ash has had the privilege of welcoming a few celebrity visitors through our doors. These star-studded encounters have added an extra layer of vibrancy to our already bustling atmosphere, creating moments that have resonated throughout our community.
Cannabis legends like Tommy Chong and Pato Banton stopped by our stores to meet our staff and customers. We were also honored to have Chris Cantore sit down and conduct one of Frenchy Canoli’s final interviews.
UFC stars Paddy the Baddy Pimblett kicked off his Paddy’s Baddies Pre-Rolls collaboration with Wonderbrett cultivation at March and Ash. We had Jaleel “Steve Urkel” White visit when the OGs at 710 Labs launched their Purple Urkel collaboration.
Big Steve Parrish from the Grateful Dead spent the afternoon at March and Ash headquarters and even sat down with Hilariously Blunt host Walter Ford to talk about his collaboration with Grizzly Peak Farms, his time as the roadie for the Grateful Dead, and the legend of where Big Steve’s Egyptian Kush came from.
Fans of the cult classic film The Sandlot were lucky to catch Chauncey “Squintz” Leopardi in the shop. Leopardi currently has his own line of Squintz branded flower in a collaboration with Foreign Genetics cultivation.
These celebrity visits have not only highlighted our dedication to providing exceptional products and knowledgeable service but have also reinforced our status as a destination that attracts those who seek a top-tier cannabis experience. These memorable interactions have left an indelible mark on our journey, reminding us that March and Ash is a hub where even the brightest stars come to explore, connect, and celebrate the wonderful world of cannabis.
Pet and Food Drive
Throughout the past few years, March and Ash has been a driving force in promoting goodwill across San Diego County through a series of impactful initiatives. One such endeavor is our ongoing pet food drive, aimed at assisting the Animal Pad, San Diego Humane Society's Community Pet Pantry, and Humane Society of Imperial County. Our commitment to aiding furry companions in need has only strengthened, as these programs have evolved to provide even more support to our four-legged friends.
Moreover, March and Ash proudly continues its annual partnerships with Community Through Hope, Feeding San Diego, North County Food Bank, and Imperial Valley Food Bank. These collaborations have flourished, resonating deeply with the core of our values. Over the years, these initiatives have grown to make a tangible difference in the lives of those facing food insecurity across our community.
As we reflect on the positive impact achieved thus far, we're fueled by a fervent enthusiasm for the ongoing growth and progress of these philanthropic joint ventures. March and Ash is committed to nurturing these partnerships with our nonprofit community allies, solidifying our role as a force for positive change in San Diego County. The journey is far from over, and we eagerly look ahead to the continuous expansion of these programs, ensuring that together, we can make an enduring difference in the lives of our neighbors in need.
Weed For Warriors Project Veteran Supply Drops
In 2023 we linked up with the Weed For Warriors Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting military veterans through cannabis education and safe access. This joint venture has been a transformative initiative that resonates deeply with the principles of compassion and holistic well-being. United by a common philanthropic mission, the collaboration has given rise to an innovative approach that addresses the physical and emotional needs of military veterans, championing their journey towards improved health and quality of life.
We Are UFCW Local 135
At March and Ash, our partnership with UFCW Local 135 has been a cornerstone of our commitment to our employees' well-being. Collaborating closely with the union, we've strived to create a contract that not only sets a precedent in the cannabis industry but also enhances the lives of our dedicated workforce. Through diligent negotiations, we've achieved a remarkable agreement that encompasses an array of advantages, including improved wages and a dedicated child-care and education fund.
And Then There Were Eight
As we celebrate the remarkable journey of March and Ash's five-year anniversary, we are filled with gratitude and pride for how far we have come. Starting with our flagship store in Mission Valley, we proudly stand at eight convenient locations throughout the county. We continue to spread our love and knowledge of top-notch cannabis and top-tier service, from Vista, Imperial Valley, City Heights, Chula Vista Telegraph, Chula Vista H Street, Imperial Beach, and most recently, Sabre Springs.
Each store is its own unique haven for cannabis connoisseurs and curious explorers alike. This five-year milestone is a testament to our collective unwavering commitment to excellence, innovation, and the well-being of our valued customers. As we reflect on our journey, we are humbled by the trust you have placed in us and invigorated by the possibilities that lie ahead. Here's to five years of growth, connection, and sharing the benefits of cannabis with our incredible community. With heartfelt gratitude, the March and Ash family.
Cheers to San Diego!
So here's to five years of unforgettable moments, to the highs (pun intended) and the laughter, to the new friendships and the old connections rekindled. We couldn't have done it without you, our amazing family who have made March and Ash what it is today. As we blow out the candles on our fifth-anniversary cake and look back at where we started and how much we have grown. We invite you to join us in celebrating not just the years that have passed, but the incredible journey that lies ahead in the world of cannabis. Smoke ‘em if you got em. Cheers to you, San Diego!
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