The Castro Merchants Association (CMA) is a non-profit organization that represents the interests of businesses in the Castro neighborhood of San Francisco. The CMA works to promote the economic vitality of the neighborhood and to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors alike. Flore Dispensary is part of the fabric of the Castro and we take pride in working alongside the community to ensure it is always thriving.
In fact, Flore Dispensary’s founder, Terrance Alan, is the treasurer of the board of directors for the Castro Merchants Association. Flore is a proud supporter of CMA’s work in the community and encourages everyone visiting or living in the Castro to get involved and support our local merchants.
What is the CMA?
The CMA is involved in a variety of activities, including working with city officials on zoning and permits, advocating for neighborhood businesses, organizing community events, and providing support to local businesses. The organization also produces the annual Castro Street Fair, which is one of the largest and most popular street fairs in San Francisco. The Castro Street Fair is so popular that it has been featured in national media outlets such as The New York Times and USA Today.
If you are a business owner in the Castro neighborhood, or if you are considering opening a business in the area, the CMA can be an invaluable resource. The organization can help you navigate the city’s zoning and permit process, connect you with other business owners, and provide support and assistance as you get your business up and running.
Annual Events & Community Involvement
In addition to the Castro Street Fair, the CMA hosts events including the Castro Halloween Celebration, the Castro Tree Lighting Ceremony, and the Castro Farmers’ Market. All year long, the CMA works to make the Castro a better place to live, work, and play. By shopping at local businesses, attending community events, and getting involved in the CMA, you can help make the Castro a thriving and vibrant neighborhood.
The CMA and the Castro’s LGBTQ+ Community
The CMA works to help LGBTQ+ owned businesses thrive in the Castro neighborhood and beyond. In addition to providing resources and support, the CMA also advocates for LGBTQ+ inclusive policies at the city and state level. The organization is a strong voice in the fight for equality, and it works tirelessly to ensure that the Castro remains a safe and welcoming place for everyone. The CMA is proud to be founded by Harvey Milk, and it continues his legacy of fighting for justice and equality for all.
The CMA is always looking for new members, and you can learn more about how to get involved by visiting their website or attending one of their monthly meetings. At Flore Dispensary, we encourage you to actively participate in the community. By shopping local and supporting local businesses, you’re taking action to ensure that the community continues to thrive culturally and economically.
Stop by our dispensary at 258 Noe Street and let us help you find ideal cannabis products for your individual needs and while you’re here, you can chat with our friendly budtenders about all of the great shops and businesses that make Castro the vibrant neighborhood it’s always been.
Terrance Alan has over 25 years in government advocacy creating both the San Francisco entertainment commission and the cannabis taskforce. He is co-president of the Castro merchant’s and co-chair of CMAC and C2K, both working on cannabis consumption. He designed, constructed and opened a boutique dispensary in the Castro District of San Francisco called Flore dispensary featuring carefully curated cannabis selections with an emphasis on small Humboldt far grown cannabis, social justice brands, equity brands, women owned brands and operates a compassion distribution program with Sweetleaf Joe.