The Shinnecock Indian Nation on Wednesday held a grand opening for its Little Beach Harvest cannabis dispensary on its Southampton reservation, ushering in a new avenue of economic development in a facility designed to blend in with the tribe’s bucolic surroundings.
Tribal leaders were on hand to formally launch this newest tribal business following eight years of planning and development. It will sell scores of cannabis and hemp products for recreational and wellness uses for adults over the age of 21.
Tribal leaders and officials from Little Beach said the 5,000-square-foot facility is just the beginning, with plans for an adjacent lounge on the property to expand Little Beach’s wellness business, with space for local entrepreneurs, events and potentially even weddings, said Chenae Bullock, Little Beach’s managing director.
“So many people in the tribe are really big into just wellness and environmental sustainability and this is a place that brings all that together,” Bullock said. “Before we build a wellness lounge, we’ll be able to use this facility for so many things.”
The facility is constructed of light, local woods with an open floor plan, high ceilings and large windows that light the facility. A wooden balcony on the second floor overlooks Montauk Highway.