Tina Tsui

Tina Tsui

“The first time I smoked a joint was in high school,” says Tina Tsui. “I ate the roach because I was told that’s what you’re supposed to do.”  Quite the embarrassing admission from Tsui, co-founder of Roll The Life (rollthelife.com), maker of pre-rolled tips, natural rolling papers, and smoking filters.  “If there had been a tip…

Nikki Lynn

Nikki Lynn

Promoting Smoke Shops as a Gender-Friendly Environment Women may be underrepresented in the smoke shop industry, but according to Nikki Carothers, co-owner of Herbal Equipment and Distribution, the circumstance is more of an opportunity than a challenge. “A lot of women feel more comfortable coming into a head shop with a female in charge,” Nikki…

Esther Delgado-Lago

Esther Delgado-Lago

There’s an old saying that behind every great man is a great woman. In the case of G&E Innovations Consulting, it’s more like “beside” every great man– and great product — is a great woman, namely Esther Delgado-Lago, co-founder and co-inventor, with husband Gustavo Reyes, of the revolutionary Wakit Grinders. Before the Wakit Grinders, Esther…

Ginny Saville

Ginny Saville

The Botany Bay celebrated its twenty fifth anniversary in June, and its success is attributed to three P’s — passion, personality and perseverance (maybe a fourth being pot) inherent to its owner, Ginny Saville.  “To say that this has exceeded my expectations times of million is an understatement,” says Ginny, who traveled the festival circuit after…

Theresa Dvorak

Theresa Dvorak

Theresa Dvorak had plans to be a “bad ass” in the military. Straight out of high school, she joined the Army and was assigned to 82nd Airborne Division, 82nd Signal Battalion, where she was one of 800 women among 16,000 soldiers in the unit. Dvorak’s very first deployment was Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti. She…