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Welcome!

“Life comes at us in waves. We can’t predict or control those waves, but we can learn to surf.”
—Dan Millman, Author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior

Happy New Year and welcome to a brand-new decade! It’s an exciting time to be alive and in business—and equally chaotic.

We opened with the Dan Millman quote for a reason. There’s probably no better piece of wisdom to impart at the outset of 2020 than that which is carried in the above words. Contemplate them for a moment and consider their meaning.

When a surfer enters the water, they must first paddle out to the breaking point before they can even hope to catch a wave. They can’t do that by fighting the incoming crashes or trying to jump over them. They accept the waves as inevitable and dipper underneath them as they push ahead. Once they’re beyond the choppy waters, their success once again comes not from struggling against the current, but from moving with it and harnessing its power.

Hold onto this thought as you weather the coming year. We can never know what the future holds. We can speculate on what we see and prepare for the probabilities, but beyond that, we can only maneuver the ever-changing tide as it comes.

Thank you for continuing to turn to HQ for the information that matters to you and your livelihood. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve the industry we call home and look forward to yet another year of highlighting the best that this incredible space has to offer.

Welcome!

Merry Holidays and a happy New Year to you, dear reader. We sincerely hope the season is one filled with joy and celebration and you manage to find some downtime somewhere between the Christmas rush and closing inventory.

But let’s move past the pleasantries. There’s a new year coming, and with it, big changes on the horizon. If you’ve yet to come up with your resolution, that’s OK. We have it for you: to pay attention. It may be more important now than ever. Here are a few reasons why: Read More

Our Mission

As the industry’s leading publication for over two decades, we want to remind you all that we are more than just another magazine; WE are the nexus of commerce for the counter-culture marketplace; headshops, smoke shops, vape shops, adult novelties, and dispensaries. Both publisher and platform, HQ exists to facilitate the continued evolution of a once-marginalized industry now on the cusp of legitimization.

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ABOUT US

Headquest (HQ) is a monthly business-to-business magazine that has been serving a broad range of counterculture retailers since 1998.

HQ goes to smoke/gift shops, hydroponic stores, cannabis dispensaries, adult stores, convenience stores, and similar retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada. Look for HQ Europe/U.K. coming soon!

HQ has a monthly circulation of approximately 16,000. As HQ is distributed to retail outlets only, it has become a trusted buying tool and information source for these retailers. HQ is also distributed at all major tradeshows. Retailers find HQ’s unique insights into our industry via full-length articles and product spotlights, always refreshing and informative. In addition, HQ provides readers with first-hand, successful business practices by featuring a thriving retail store every month. All of this makes HQ the premier trade magazine and your best venue for successful advertising.

FEATURES & NEWS

Juul Makes Cuts

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Speaking of Jobs Openings

Cannabis recruiting company Vangst just released its 2019 annual salary guide and as expected, as more states legalize medical or recreational cannabis sales, and nascent

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Jeff

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Another amazing piece by one of our Glass Artists of the Month.

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FLASH GIVEAWAY: Tag a friend who'd you most like to spend a Sunday with for your chance to win a limited edition HQ rolling tray! We will pick a winner at 11:59 pacific tonight!

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