Seattle SuperSonics legend Shawn Kemp will officially be in the cannabis business this week.
Shawn Kemp’s Cannabis—at 3035 1st Ave., just a few blocks from the Space Needle and Climate Pledge Arena—will welcome its first customers this coming Friday, Oct. 30, at 1:00 p.m.
Kemp will be joined by his former Sonics teammate, Hall of Famer Gary Payton, for the grand opening of Shawn Kemp’s Cannabis next Friday. After the green ribbon cutting ceremony at 12:45 p.m. PT, the official will be open to the public at 1 p.m.
Kemp said in a news release that he hopes that Shawn Kemp’s Cannabis can motivate more people to weigh in the legal cannabis industry, especially people of color.”
Kemp’s store will be one of the few cannabis shops in the Seattle metro area and all of Washington to have Black ownership. Black people and other minorities have been historically underrepresented in the legal pot industry.
Shawn Kemp’s Cannabis features a 30-foot-by-80-foot mural on its exterior of the Reign Man playing in a Sonics uniform. The new art, visible on the corner of First and Denny, was created by local muralist Jeff Jacobson.
Kemp’s store will be nearly 4,000 square feet.
Kemp is partnering with industry veterans Matt Schoeleina and Ramsey Hamide, two of the co-founders of Main Street Marijuana, for his cannabis venture. Main Street Marijuana has been a top cannabis retailer in Washington since its inception in 2014.
“My name is on this company and I have worked hard to bring Shawn Kemp’s Cannabis to fruition,” Kemp said. “I want to provide nothing short of the best selection, customer experience and prices in Seattle.”
Shawn Kemp’s Cannabis will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.