Stylist chairs and mannequin heads are leftovers from the former Mr. Bernard’s School of Hair Fashion that have made their way into the new Small Batch medical marijuana caregiver storefront at 711 Lisbon St. in Lewiston. Paul Clark, left, Amanda Edwards and shop owner Phil Fournier will celebrate their grand opening Saturday. (Sun Journal photo by Daryn Slover)

The new Small Batch store at 711 Lisbon St. is for “artisanal crafted cannabis,” according to a news release for its grand opening Saturday.

The new business is at the former Mr. Bernard’s School of Hair Fashion, which closed in 2015.

Paul Clark, an extractionist working there, said the 8,000-square-foot space is set up with a window that looks onto one of several grow rooms that let the public see about 16 plants.

“We’re very transparent with what we’re doing,” he said.

Owner Phil Fournier, a registered caregiver, is a University of Maine horticulture grad, Clark said, and his philosophy with the shop is to educate the public. Only people with medical marijuana cards from the state can make a purchase, but anyone can come inside.

“It’s been kind of a fun location because we’ve had a lot of people with memories of having their hair cut in here,” Clark said.

Plans call for a future kitchen and second extraction lab there. Clark said the business received city approval last summer before a moratorium banning medical marijuana storefronts.

As of last week, Lewiston had six storefronts in operation and nine that need to open by Dec. 13 in order to be grandfathered under current law.

A city official said it was unclear Tuesday how many of those nine have opened.

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