Joshua Peacock @JoshuaRPeacock
Two young pioneers have positioned their Savannah-based business at the vanguard of a billion-dollar industry, and are investing not only in the future of their company, but in the future of their community.
The Smoke Cartel, a mostly online-based head shop, was founded in 2013 with $600 by two former SCAD students, Darby Cox and Sean Geng. Over the last five years, the company has boomed into a multi-million dollar business bursting at the seams.
Less than two months ago they moved into a new 28,000 square foot building set on 1.34 acres of land on West Bay Street. Over the last four years, they’ve opened four physical stores in three states, employed over 50 people, including in-house glass blowers, and will soon be publicly traded on the exchange market.
Founded on a simple business model of providing high-quality glass bongs, hand pipes and other smoking accessories at reasonable prices, the company has diversified rapidly into a multifaceted cannabis-focused e-commerce business. They now provide a host of products in addition to glassware, including vaporizers and cannabis-inspired pet accessories.
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