CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce celebrated the opening of JimBuddy’s Rec Shop with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday.

JimBuddy’s is owned by Jim and Lisa Robinson who opened JimBuddy’s Glass Gallery & Vape Shop right next door in 2015. When the space next door became available back in 2018, the year that cannabis was legalized by Massachusetts voters, the Robinson’s rented the room with hopes of opening a dispensary.

They received a special permit from the City of Chicopee in April 2021, making this the third recreational cannabis dispensary that was approved in the City. The Rec Shop opened to the public on October 1st.

The Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce joined the owners for a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday afternoon. Jim told 22News this day has been four years in the marking.

“I’m not tied to any particular brand. So I’m able to have a wider variety of products,” said Jim. “I love cannabis and as the owner of the business, I hand select all the products based on my personal liking of them.”

JimBuddy’s focuses on offering quality products from small, local businesses in the cannabis industry, such as those based in Florence, Whatley, and Pittsfield. JimBuddy’s is open to customers who are 21 and older with valid IDs.