Evanston’s search for new dispensaries may bring results. The city’s Land Use Commission on April 12 unanimously voted to approve a special use permit application to add a dispensary and bakery at 100 Chicago Ave.
OKAY Cannabis and West Town Bakery, owned by CESAM, LLC., are looking to be Evanston’s latest business gain. The proposed businesses are two separate entities that will work alongside each other, CESAM representative and former 47th Ward Chicago Alderperson Ameya Pawar said.
Patrons would walk into West Town Bakery to see baked goods for purchase then continue to the store’s rear to enter OKAY Cannabis. Those looking to enter the dispensary would have to show a government-issued ID displaying an age of 21 years or older.
“We are the (among) first dispensaries that not only incorporates social equity but food, beverage and hospitality,” Pawar said. “The goal is to move the cannabis industry from purely a transactional experience where you wait in line to pick up your cannabis and leave. What we’re hoping to do is create an experience.”
“If you want to come to West Town Bakery for a coffee but don’t want to buy cannabis that’s okay. If you’d like to buy a cup of coffee and