CARBONDALE: Russell Wild, 24, a Glenwood Springs resident and member of The Goddamn Millennials, a local band, enjoys gaming and science fiction in all its forms.
“I’m a huge sci-fi and gaming nerd,” Wild said. “I’m currently looking for a dungeon master.”
Wild helped launch the winter coat and sleeping bag drive this year for Doctors Garden in Carbondale, just one of many reasons he’s the Nov. 18, 2016, Budtender of the Week.
“The team I work with takes great pride in being able to educate our customers unbiasedly. It’s the way we build a relationship of trust and positivity within our community,” he said.
“We’re not salespeople, because marijuana sells itself. Our only job is to create a safe haven of information for our customers and to make sure they always leave our store knowing more than when they came in.
“In the words of the great Bill Nye, ‘science rules.’”
The Doctor’s Garden Sleeping Bag and Winter Coat Drive was a great success with more than two dozen homeless people helped. Those who donated winter coats and bags suitable for subzero weather were entitled to buy an ounce of chronic for $200.
“It was something I wanted to do for a long time,” Wilde said. “I want to make the store more positive interactive part of the community and more than just a local potshot.
“We are a regular store that cares about this valley and everyone living in it. This is just one way for us to show that,” he said.
“I come from a state (Florida) with a huge homeless problem and they don’t even have seasons to deal with. I can’t imagine how hard it would be to be homeless here during the winter.
“I look at this as the least anyone could do to help someone who is probably going to be sleeping on snow most nights,” he said.
Call for directions to Doctors Garden, 580 Main St., unit 300. It can be a little tricky to find, even though it’s situated on Main Street. The telephone number is (813) 541-5370.