Botera dispensary opens on Centre St.

BROCKTON — The once-empty Webster Bank, where long weeds found a home across the street from Walgreens,

BROCKTON — The once-empty Webster Bank, where long weeds found a home across the street from Walgreens, has gotten a complete green makeover and is now a fully functioning marijuana dispensary called Botera. 

When you walk into Botera at 747 Centre St., you are welcomed by a warm bohemian desert chic-themed waiting area and “wake and bake” meditation books sitting on the coffee table, as well as budtenders wearing dark green environmentally sustainable shirts happy to assist with your cannabis needs. 

Once the customer has verified their age, a budtender guides them to the merchandise floor, which almost resembles an Apple store.

Botera budtender Brian Loomis gives Botera COO Matthew Hoffman, of Maynard, the full personal shopping experience at the new recreational marijuana dispensary at 747 Centre St. Brockton on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.

The tables have an array of different edibles, flowers, pre-rolls, vaporizers, concentrates, infused body butter and accessories. 

A unique aspect of the merchandise floor is the interactive piece. Customers can look at the flower and smell it by lifting the small clear glass container’s lid.

Each flower has a lengthy cannabis profile, a description of the THC percentage, the effects and other facts. Some flowers have antioxidants infused to add a little bit of wellness to your smoke session. 

The middle tables at Botera, a new recreational marijuana dispensary in Brockton, contain the flower buds in pods so customers can examine the flower up close in addition to labels next to each product using the Leafly system to explain the unique properties of each product on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.

“We wanted a show-and-tell type of feel to the store with more a warm, earthy environment and less medicinal,” said Lauren Pedretti, project manager for Botera.

“We want people to feel like they can take their time and shop as fast or as slow as they want. If you don’t want to come into the store, we have a drive-thru and curbside pick-up options as well.”

Budtenders walk around the store holding an iPad with the customer’s virtual cart, adding merchandise throughout the shopping experience and then sending the cart virtually to the cash register for checkout. 

The waiting area at Botera, a new recreational marijuana dispensary in Brockton at 747 Centre St, is inviting, with throw pillows and bright, warm lighting, on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.

There are 30 strains of medicinal flower to choose from, starting at $35 for 1/8 ounce (3.5 grams) and $60 for 1/8 ounce for larger flower buds.

“We wanted a variety, meeting all the consumers’ needs. We offer flowers for everybody. We have an offering from $35 to $60 depending on what the consumer is willing to spend and what kind of experience they’re looking for,” Pedretti said.