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Coastal High Ways
By Annette Langenstein, Staff Writer 
Published in the April 13, 2017 edition

There’s a new dispensary on the Southern Oregon Coast called Coastal High Ways, located at 2233 Broadway Avenue in North Bend. Owned by Joe Polder, who, along with his parents and sister, have been running the business since February 16, 2017, Coastal High Ways stands out from other dispensaries because it caters almost exclusively to recreational customers.

“Although we’re recreational sales, OLCC requires us to provide marijuana products to patients,” said Joe.  “So both recreational and medical patients shop here, and so far everyone seems to be pretty happy with that.”

“With current federal laws in place, Coastal High Ways is a cash-only store.  Anyone age 21 and older can enter, and they need to show valid identification.  “So far, the age group we see the most of is actually seniors,” Joe remarked.  “The median age of our customers is probably around 55.  People wander in, check out our products, and then buy something.”

Joe Polder stands behind the counter of Coastal High Ways in North Bend.

Right now Coastal High Ways sells edibles, vape pens, glassware, pipes and other accessories.

 “We don’t have vaporizers yet,” said Joe, “but we are going to offer more store merchandise soon.  We currently carry about 12 different strains, and I’m always reaching out to local growers.  All our product strains are grown in Southern Oregon.”

I asked Joe if he uses the term “cannabarista” to refer to those sales people in a dispensary.  “We use the term ‘bud tender” here,” he replied.  “They have to be really knowledgeable about the products we’re offering, because a lot of people are interested in learning more about the plant product and getting informed about the industry.”

Joe said that advertising in the South Coast Shopper was “just nice, quick and easy. I’ve worked with some questionable advertising people in the past with my other company, but those at the Shopper are good to work with.”

Originally from Reedsport, Joe says that he would like to open more stores up and down the coast. When asked why he chose the North Bend area, Joe said, “Brookings has eight dispensaries, and there are stores from Astoria to California, but I really like it here.  It’s all about customer service.  I have people coming back in the store just to say hi.”

Coastal High Ways is open seven days a week, 10am-7pm Sunday-Wednesday, and 10am-10pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  Their phone number is 541-808-2278, and you can find them on social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Leafly, Weedmaps and Snapchat.

I asked Joe if there was anything else he’d like to say.  “Just that we’re open, we’re here, and we’re moving along!” he replied.

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