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Happy February, one and all. It is nothing but a pleasure to be on the other side of winter and all its bone-chilling bleakness. It’s not completely warm yet, especially in the northern half of the continent, but the Winter Solstice is now more than a month behind us, which means that the Sun is climbing a little higher on the horizon each day. Life is returning, slowly but surely. It’s almost time to come out of hibernation.
Not that any of us really got to hibernate; the retail cycle would never allow it. From Christmas rush to inventory to restock and now, straight into trade show season, there’s just no rest for the weary. But hey, at least trade show season means a trip to Vegas, where it’s practically always warm. If you’re heading out to the shows, especially CHAMPS, be sure and pack your orthopedic shoes and be doubly sure to come by the booth and say hi. We’ll be right up in the front as always. And if you’re currently flipping through this issue at the show, please take a moment to visit the booths of all of our wonderful sponsors and tell them we sent you. Meanwhile, wherever you are, we hope you enjoy the contents herein as much as we enjoyed putting it together.
Happy Valentines Day, happy Presidents Day and a joyous trade show season to all of you!
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.
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.
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