Toronto’s iconic weed supply store and lounge will close forever after decades
The beloved HotBox Lounge & Shop in Kensington Market announced its official closure just three hours ago, with a statement about their Facebook page.
It’s a Toronto staple and the city is sure to miss a piece of history now that it’s gone up in smoke.
“We say goodbye. HotBox Cannabis Shop has been a Toronto staple in Kensington Market for many years. Our iconic shop is known as Toronto’s premier consumer lounge, with a wide selection of strains and a staff passionate the sheet and so much more,” reads the start of their statement.
First opened as a headshop in 2000 on Baldwin, it was a comprehensive store for all things weed, visited by many newbies looking for bubblegum rolling papers and craft shaped glass pipes. ice cream cones.
In 2003 their 420 lounge was opened and the rest is a long, smoky story
Their website says the business will be open for a few more days, until October 1, and they’re offering 20% off everything in the store. “There is not enough acknowledgment for the continued support over the years, you will be missed.”
Two years ago, HotBox was sold and acquired by Friendly Stranger, another Toronto cannabis staple, although FS has yet to comment publicly.
“While we are sad to say goodbye, we are so happy to have been a part of the Kensington Market district, Canadian cannabis culture and so much more. Thank you for your continued support over the years, you will we miss you!”