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The store was built to order by G2 Construction and opened earlier this year. The two businesses share the building on Bentley Trust Road.

Creek Extracts, Lady Gray Edibles and MoMo’s Bakery, to name a few. One of Fairbanks Cut’s six owners, Craig Aslietti, also co-owns Dankorage, a popular and successful cannabis retailer in Anchorage. Aslietti spoke to Alaska Cannabis by phone recently to explain why he and his partners decided to open a Fairbanks branch. Not only did they want to get in before the city’s licensing cap made it impossible to open a new store, but they also wanted to take

advantage of existing relationships they had with growers in the industry, according to Aslietti. “Fairbanks really got up and running with cultivators before everybody else in the state, and Fairbanks has been so welcoming it just makes business easy. In the beginning, when Dankorage opened, we were only doing business with cultivators from Fairbanks and a few other towns, because we couldn’t get any product from Anchorage for months

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and months. Those guys got it done, man, and they got it done fast.” Though a side road behind an underused mall may not seem like the best spot to open a cannabis retailer in an already full market, Aslietti said the location actually makes sense. One of Dankorage’s main suppliers is Aurora Blaze, a large Fairbanks cultivation operation owned by Brittany Gitschel. G2 Construction is owned by Gitschel’s family and headquartered in a large wooden building at 188 Bentley Trust Road. Gitschel offered to partner with Aslietti to open a Fairbanks store inside G2’s building. Though the spot is currently surrounded by vacant lots, the area is in for a building boom in the near future, according to Aslietti. “There’s really nothing around us, yet. That’s the key. There’s supposed to be hotels going up on each side of us and also a strip mall, and they’re breaking ground in the spring,” Aslietti said. “That was the big deciding factor for putting it there. We had other locations we could have gone with, but we thought, let’s plan for the future. It should develop into a great location.” Though the store has only been open for four months, Aslietti said he and his co-owners are “very optimistic.” “We obviously started out slow but our sales figures are going in the correct direction. They’re climbing, and

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Alaska Cannabist - September 2019  

Magazine covering the legal marijuana industry in Alaska.

Alaska Cannabist - September 2019  

Magazine covering the legal marijuana industry in Alaska.

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