Where Are You Buying Your Pot, Seattle?

The Stranger: It's 4/20 and I just read this listicle on Thrillist, "The 8 Best Legal Pot Shops in Seattle," and it touches on a pot shop that's (sadly) getting ready to close its doors (Vela), one in Burien of all places, and another that's kind of like the WalMart of pot shops (Uncle Ike's)—it's not bad, and most of us have been forced to go there at one point or another for whatever reason—but why prop up the biggie when you could give a shout-out to a shop that is far more in need of some foot traffic, is right by Ike's in Central District, and is a mellower, indier, and frankly friendlier pot marketplace? (I'm referring to Ponder, although if you're in Capitol Hill, there's Ruckus literally right around the corner from that particular Ike's location, and it's definitely a suitable alternative.)