Behind the Creation of The Gas Station, a High Haven Dispensary

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In recent years, the cannabis industry has experienced a remarkable transformation, transitioning from a shadowy subculture to a legitimate and rapidly growing business sector. As the legalization wave continues to sweep across various regions, entrepreneurs and visionaries have seized the opportunity to establish cannabis brands that cater to a diverse range of consumer preferences. But how does a dispensary establish itself in this evolving and unique market? Read on to go behind the vision of The Gas Station.

The Inception of The Gas Station

The Gas Station, a High Haven Dispensary, began as a dream, conceived by a group of diverse and passionate individuals who saw the potential for a cannabis brand that could redefine the industry. Led by Mahja Sulemanjee-Bortocek, the journey to crafting a one-of-a-kind experience for cannabis lovers started with a commitment to three core principles:


The cannabis industry is ever-evolving, and the need to stay at the forefront of innovation was understood from the beginning. In Illinois, there are more than 150 dispensaries. So, how will The Gas Station stand out? Create it as a speakeasy, of course. Everything from the secret door to the shelving the products are on has a purpose and relays the commitment to providing exceptional experiences for customers.  


From the very beginning, The Gas Station set out to provide customers with the highest quality cannabis products available – at a competitive price. This commitment to quality and price consciousness has been a driving force behind the brand’s success. The team works hard to source quality products from trusted brands that fall into the categories of local and national recognition as well as extending savings to our customers through loyalty programs, discounts for veterans and medical card holders in addition to weekly discounts on popular in-store products. 


The importance of building a strong and supportive community around The Gas Station and High Haven in general is incredibly important to the brand. All staff, from those in management to the ones with boots on the ground, make an effort to actively engage with customers, listen to feedback, and involve them in the brand’s growth. Within the community, the dispensary is also committed to local social equity activations. 

Building a Strong Online Presence

While building out the concept for The Gas Station, management understood the significance of establishing a robust online presence, especially in an industry that’s rapidly moving towards e-commerce. was launched as the digital essence of the brand, offering a seamless shopping experience to customers, while our Instagram, @HighHavenOfficial, shares real-time updates and behind-the-scenes looks into the dispensary experience. 

Website Design

The website’s design was carefully curated to reflect High Haven’s corporate values while still embracing our dispensary’s uniqueness. With an easy-to-navigate layout, vivid imagery, and a clean, modern aesthetic that appeals to both seasoned cannabis users and newcomers.


We knew The Gas Station needed an easy-to-navigate e-commerce store that made finding favorite products, checkout, and picking products a breeze. The entire experience has been designed to be simple and easy from start to finish. 

Social Media

Social media has become one of the most effective marketing tactics to date, and even though most of the platforms are not overtly cannabis-friendly, we are still able to create a community around our dispensaries. The High Haven Instagram account is where customers can ask questions, get info on weekly deals, and see what’s happening at The Gas Station. 

Cultivating a Loyal Customer Base

Building a cannabis brand is not just about selling products; it’s about creating a loyal customer base that believes in your vision through listening to customers’ feedback and providing them with products and prices that are accommodating.

Exceptional Customer Service

As a High Haven dispensary, The Gas Station takes pride in customer service. Our budtenders are trained and skilled in this area to provide personalized recommendations, respond promptly to inquiries, and ensure every customer has a positive experience inside our store and once they get home. 

Strong Engagement

From the very beginning, we knew we wanted The Gas Station to have a strong engagement throughout the community. Any local business will be able to attest to the fact we are nothing if we do not have the community rallying behind us. To do this, we sponsor local events, host meet and greets in-store, participate in events, and are always open to discussing with our customers and local government different collaborative efforts. Not only does getting out there in the community help develop an interest in our brand, but it also helps those around us. 

Innovative Offerings

One of The Gas Station’s standout features is its commitment to innovation. Our buyers are continually on the lookout for unique and exciting products that cater to the diverse tastes of its customers. From premium strains to unique smoking devices, we strive to keep offerings fresh and exciting.

What’s Next? 

The Gas Station is just the first of many High Haven Dispensaries that are dedicated to bringing unique experiences to the Illinois cannabis scene. Through incredible design, expert budtenders, and community (just to name a few) we cannot wait to create new experiences with our customers. In fact, you’ll soon see some teasers coming out for our next concept in Normal, Illinois. Follow us at @HighHavenOfficial for sneak peeks and announcements. 


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