Top Shelf Gift Shop - Escondido, CA
In the heart of Escondido, a special kind of store has had its doors open for nearly seven years. And though it may look like any other shop from a quick glance at the outside (it is in a shopping center, after all), this shop offers something danker than the other shops: Heady products.
“It’s not your usual head shop,” notes Top Shelf Gift Shop owner Rachel as she breaks away from her busy day for a quick interview. “There’s a vibe here...it’s like a second home and a safe place to hang out for many people.”
And she’s right. Created by local artists, works on canvas adorn the walls, and above racks of shirts with Top Shelf’s logo sharply in focus. Potted plants, rope lights, and heady decor set an ambiance. CBD products, stunning glass pieces - handpipes, waterpipes, and rigs - and smoking accessories sit in well-organized cases and on shelves among art, banners, and rope lights. It’s comfortable, it’s cozy, and it has an unmistakably friendly atmosphere.
Since December 2012, the doors to family-operated Top Shelf Gift Shop have been open, welcoming Escondido’s 152,000+ residents (and any other San Diegans who pass through, for that matter). And that is what Top Shelf truly wants to be: Welcoming. The head shop not only strives to give its customers the best service possible (after all, they are TOP Shelf), but to also educate, nurture, and give back to the community that has supported them.
The owners work with young local artists to encourage and showcase their work, in addition to participating in charities such as food drives and Toys For Tots.
Calling All Young Artists
Not only do they call upon the city’s extensive amount of creative talent to line their walls, Top Shelf Gift Shop of Escondido also holds a new sort of “contest.” Basically, they create a line of stickers created by local artists. If their art is chosen, it gets turned into stickers or goes on t-shirts.
This inclusion of the community wherein they’ve secured their roots sets Top Shelf apart from other head shops in Escondido and greater San Diego area. They don’t stop at showcasing their customers’ art, though. They also work to educate or just talk about CBD and how it affects the community.
Yes on CBD - Top Shelf’s Quality Products
Cannabidiol (CBD) has a long list of benefits for people and pets alike. Top Shelf Gift Shop offers a wide selection of high-quality CBD products, featuring brands like El Gallo, Koi Naturals, and Kurativ in their display cases. The owners strive to help people as much as they can, and offering quality CBD products at affordable prices to those who need them is one such way.
Open Door Policy
Everyone 21 years or older with valid state I.D. is welcome in the Top Shelf Gift Shop in Escondido.
Come in, and one of the helpful owners would still be happy to show a potential customer around, maybe even point out suggestions. The store is family-owned and everyone is treated like a member of that family, from employees to customers.
Members of the community regularly come in to hang out and talk with the owners, whether they end up purchasing something or not. It’s like a second home for many people, and offers nothing but good vibes.
I, myself, was immediately made to feel welcome upon entering. While I was there, the store had a steady flow of customers who talked with the owner, got suggestions, had fun conversation, and ended up purchasing something they really enjoyed.
Truly ‘Top Shelf’
Ultimately, Top Shelf Gift Shop is more than just another head shop or smoke shop set up on E. Valley Pkwy. Rather, it’s a community builder - and one of the best head shops in San Diego.
Top Shelf unites and highlights the best things about CBD and cannabis: The ability to help someone with their physical or mental health, while also building and foster community connection.
Escondido certainly welcomes it.
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