The Hempest is not a well-stocked smoke shop, though there is a small selection of pipes and bongs. But it's more about stylish clothing, organic soaps and lotions, and fun home-furnishing items. Most of the products are made from cannabis hemp, the botanical cousin of marijuana.

Hemp is a versatile, renewable resource that is economically and environmentally beneficial, and now some enlightened politicians are poised to make it legal to grow in the US. Stay tuned.