Los Angeles’s Premier Smoke Shop & Glass Gallery

Los Angeles’s Premier Smoke Shop & Glass Gallery

Business Name and what it does:

We are Angies Boutique, the premier retailer of High-End Functional Glass Art in Los Angeles

Founder’s/Owner’s Story: What Motivated Them to Start the Business

Our founder, John Nguyen, was born and raised in Los Angeles. As a prominent member of the cannabis community he was frequently exposed to the latest trends and innovations in the industry. Also as an avid art collector, he was constantly on the lookout for unique art pieces to add to his ever-growing art collection. One day, he came across a very unique find. It was a functional glass art piece by Coyle Condenser & D-Wreck, a glass munny. He thought it was one of the coolest things he had ever seen. It was a harmonious synchronization of two things that he truly loved. This led him to purchase his first high-end functional glass art piece. After owning it for a few days, one of his friends offered him three times what he paid for it, so he sold the piece. The sale left him with a void, he had been hooked into the world of functional glass art. After days of searching, he came across another piece that he fell in love with. Within a short time, the new art piece he acquired also received offers for 2-3x his buying price. At this moment, he knew he had stumbled onto something special that not many people knew about.

Challenges Faced by the Business/Market

The industry is tough and challenging. It has changed so much since we started over 15 years ago. There are constant legal and regulatory challenges at every corner. Our industry is highly frowned upon and heavily regulated by local, state, and federal laws. It seems like every few months the government passes a new law that prohibits us from selling certain products. Now there is also constant competition from new online retailers. With the rise of e-commerce, online retailers are popping up every day. When we first started https://angies.boutique there were less than a handful of people selling online. Another challenge is the stigma behind cannabis. Despite the increasing acceptance of cannabis across the US & the world, there are still many places where it carries a negative stigma.

Opportunities for the Business/Market

We’ve been in this industry for over 15 years now and have seen it change so many times. Despite the challenges, there are still many opportunities that have helped us grow and succeed. By focusing on providing high-quality exclusive products, always stocking the latest innovations, commanding exceptional customer service, and offering a unique in-store experience, we have been able to differentiate our business from every other corner smoke shop. This has allowed us to build the immense loyal customer base that we have from all over the world.

Advice for Others Starting a Business

Starting a business is not easy, but our passion for both art and cannabis was the driving force behind our decision to take the plunge. We wanted to share our love for both with others and create a brand that would resonate with them as well. So the best advice we can give is to do something you are truly passionate about – it sounds so cliché, but it’s true. When you love what you do, it really shows. You give that extra bit of effort which sets you apart from the rest.

Kristina Shafarenko

Kristina Shafarenko is a relationship and health and wellness psychologist and a part-time freelance lifestyle writer covering health and fitness, sex, sexual wellness, and relationships. When she's not writing, you can find her planning her next getaway, taste-testing every coffee spot in sight, and lounging at home with her cat, Buddy.

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