Store where you work: Wildflower
Location of store: Kodiak
Name: Chelsea Stevens
Why did you decide to become a budtender?
My mom, Janiese Stevens, started up her business, Wildflower, and I wanted to be a part of the family business. Not only that, I wanted to work in an environment that not only I appreciate, but something that I enjoy doing recreationally.
What’s your favorite part of the job?
My favorite part of the job is working with the customers. You never know what kind of character will walk through the door, but it’s great because whoever the individual is, they always walk out of our store giggling and with a smile on their face.
What sort of things have you learned on the job?
I’ve learned countless things working at Wildflower. Just the business itself and how it runs. I’ve picked up small things just from the information I get from our cultivation in Homer, Alaska. The best part is when I get to travel to different towns, and get a walk-through of their operation and how it works.
How do you help a customer who is new to cannabis, or returning after years away?
Well, first I start off by asking the newcomers, “What do you want to get out of this experience?” I ask them whether they prefer to smoke or would they rather take an edible? That, or sometimes I recommend some CBD products. Then there are people who come in after years, and I’ll show them all the new fun stuff and how it works.
What’s the biggest challenge in your job?
As a budtender I have a lot of responsibilities. Towards my job, customers, and the reputation of Wildflower. As a budtender, it’s my job to give out all the right information. To be responsible and proactive members of our community.
What’s your most memorable job experience?
One of my most memorable experiences working at Wildflower would be when a customer came in the shop and told me their cancer came back and that she didn’t want to take the pills they gave her, but wanted something that would take away some of the discomfort. After many attempts of recommending an amazing RSO oil and strong CBD bath bombs, she gave in. She came back probably a week later, and just gave me a big hug and thanked me. It’s those types of experiences that make me love my job.
What’s your personal favorite product among those that you sell?
All of it. But if I were to break it down, I’d say Diesel Fire flower from Cut Above, or Raspberry Cream Soda from AKO.
How long have you been in Alaska, and if from somewhere else, where?
My whole life. I was born in Sitka and grew up on Kodiak Island.
If you could share a bowl with one famous person in the world, who would it be and why?
I would have to say David Rose (Daniel Levy) from Schitt’s Creek.
What are your interests outside of work?
Anything in the ocean. Most weekends you’ll catch me paddling or surfing. Adventures are a must. Especially when you have weed.
If someone asked you about becoming a budtender, what would you tell them?
I would say that it’s definitely a fun experience, and you really get a lot of knowledge about so many things related to the industry.