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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

News Briefs

Apple Deletes Vape Apps Apple has removed 181 vaping-related apps from its App Store. The move comes amid growing concern over the health effects of

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News November

Austin L. Ray Black Market Tops Cali Cannabis Sales According to an unofficial audit on illicit and legal operating cannabis stores tin California, there were

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1 week ago
Street Style: Greenlane Celebrates Keith Haring with Collection of Functional Art – HQ The Mag

Check out this awesome collectors set from Greenlane!

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#Glassart #Smokeshop #Cannabis #counterculture #art #alternative

The artwork of Keith Haring’s iconic artwork seems to inspire collaborations time and time again. Street art is for the people after all. Haring’s iconic images have been licensed by brands like ... See more

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The big day is almost here. Gobble down the turkey giblets, oyster dressing and pumpkin pie and then get down to business getting ready for Black Friday --- or Green Friday as we call it in the ... See more

1 week ago
Glass Baby Yoda Will MELT Your Heart – HQ The Mag

Glass artist Josh Williams knows the secret about Baby Yoda!

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#starwars #babyyoda #Mandalorian #disney #Glassart #Smokeshop #Cannabis #counterculture

Spoiler Alert! The he we’re referring to is a character in the new Disney+ Star Wars series “The Mandalorian.” He is tiny, adorable and green with giant black eyes and huge pointy ears. He is ... See more

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This has nothing to specifically do with smoke shops or cannabis, but is an interesting marketing lesson nonetheless. During World War II, the Allies tracked bullet holes on planes to reinforce them ... See more

1 week ago

• Apple Deletes Vape Apps
• Joe Biden: Marijuana May Be Gateway Drug
• CBD Searches on the Rise
• 414,000 New Positions Expected in Cannabis Companies
• CBD Users Could Test Positive for ... See more

1 week ago
Legal Differences Between The Tobacco And Cannabis Vape Industries

Tokeaway: How well do you know your industry? While there is a great deal of crossover and similarity between two types of vape products—tobacco and cannabis, it’s important to note for retailers ... See more

The term “vape” wasn’t used a decade ago, but now you can hardly go a day without hearing it; and yet there is often confusion surrounding the term as it doesn’t denote what is being vaped, ... See more

2 weeks ago
VIDEO | Elmo & Abby Want You To Stop Being A Grouch At Work | Fast Company

'Tis the season to be stressed ---- even more reason to have some patience, understanding and kindness to create a jolly happy atmosphere at your business.

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#businesstips #kindness ... See more

Always remember to be kind...and to laugh!

2 weeks ago
Survey: 39% of consumers have ditched in-store purchases due to out-of-stocks

Tokeaway: How's your inventory level? The leading reason for leaving stores to purchase online was out-of-stock items; 43% of retail associates surveyed cited customer complaints about out-of-stocks ... See more

Over half of Gen X shoppers and 75% of millennials have abandoned items only to buy them online, according to a new report. 

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Cannabis Legalization Bill Passes Historic First House Committee Vote

Tokeaway: One MORE step in the right direction --- for the first time ever, a congressional committee has approved a piece of legislation to end marijuana prohibition in the United States.

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MORE Act clears Judiciary Committee, but will need to get through seven more groups before hitting House floor

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