10645 SE Henry St., 503-719-4229, archiveportland.net. 11 am-8 pm. Wednesday-Sunday.
Archive is for canna-sseurs. The shop billed itself when it opened in June as the city's first fully vertically integrated dispensary—it does everything from seed to sale—but the people behind Archive have been growing for 35 years and opened Archive Seed Company in the early 2000s. You feel like you're an insider when you're here because of the casualness: industrial stone floors, prices scribbled on a white board, dudes in different marijuana leaf-emblemed gear walking in and out, and trays of 2-foot-high clones in the back room. And the products and prices feel insidery too: Rich Extracts rosin for $40, 1-gram pre-rolls for $7, and nearly 40 seed varieties. SOPHIA JUNE.
2201 N Killingsworth St., 503-558-5678, thenewamsterdam.com. 10 am-10 pm Sunday-Thursday, 10 am-7 pm Friday, closed Saturday.
Walking into New Amsterdam is like scrolling through the Instagram profile of an advertising major who calls himself a "creative." Designed by Carlos Wigle—the New York creative director behind Jose Cuervo, Tropicana and Toms Shoes ads—the place carries a glow of hip minimalism, from the floor-to-ceiling black paint to the hand-stamped white paper shopping bags to the 24-karat gold rolling paper. It's had time to achieve this aesthetic: New Amsterdam got its license two years ago, but after being delayed by building-code snafus in the former Beaterville Cafe spot, it finally opened in June. One gram of flower runs $12 to $15, while you can get a half-gram pre-roll for $3.75 and a gram for $7. The most fun buy, though, is the pre-roll flight, a fat container of 14 half-gram pre-rolls for $43. Pro tip: Follow New Amsterdam on Leafly, where it regularly posts one-off deals. On a random Tuesday evening, it was offering 30 percent off everything. Dope. SOPHIA JUNE.
6900 N Interstate Ave., 503-206-4725, satchelpdx.com. 10 am-10 pm daily.
The lobby of Satchel, which opened in March, is like an art gallery, with huge glossy photos of close-up buds and concentrates in sleek white frames. When you enter the room, the art gets even cooler, with pop culture mosaics from local artist Dakota Anding.
When you pair a pink and red mosaic portrait of David Bowie with a dozen brightly lit clones, the shop looks like the slickest stoner den of all time. And like your true stoner buds, the staff tries to keep it as cheap as possible for you. When you make your first purchase, you get a 1-gram pre-roll for just $1.25—the dispensary equivalent of your dealer smoking you out. But unlike your dealer, the people at Satchel want to teach you to fish: They have a large stock of seeds, starting at $40. SOPHIA JUNE.
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2519 SE Belmont St., 971-544-7055; 220 SW 1st Ave., 971-279-5613; serracannabis.com. 10 am-10 pm Monday-Saturday, 11 am-7 pm Sunday.
Serra is the pot-shop equivalent of Anthropologie. From the gold detail on the light fixtures to the origami-wrapped chopsticks for measuring buds, the chic setup uses every opportunity to incorporate minimalist sophistication. Across the room from the modest edible/concentrate selection from vendors like Luminous Botanicals and Wyld gummies sit impossibly trendy ombre pipes from Hacienda Ware and Summerland ceramic bongs. Rather than be limited by the illogical binary of indica and sativa, you can even pick from a combination of six "feelings" when selecting your strain from the array of indigo-stained ceramic dishes: relaxation, focus, creativity, happiness, pain relief and energy. LAUREN TERRY.