Our Story

Neat Cannabis Company is a rare gem in the rough. Our privately owned, locally operated business caters to Freeing Your Mind from mainstream cannabis. Our vintage boutique concept was co-created by a professional designer that actually works at Neat directly with suppliers and our customers. You may see our CEO happily assisting customers too. Sure, we are busy folk, but no one at Neat is more important than you.

What Sets Us Apart?

Neat is a departure from mainstream retail cannabis.

While hundreds of cannabis stores are popping up in Ontario, it’s overwhelming to know where to go first. Some shops speak to the younger tech-savvy customer with bright lights, streamlined decor and high-tech self-order kiosks. Other shops speak to the veteran cultured-connoisseurs who prefer to linger and pay infinite attention to quality

We’ve ventured to some of the world’s favourite dispensaries and brought lessons home to shape Neat into a vintage, cozy, fresh space to please all our guests.

Find the right product easily at our user-friendly tech-central welcome bar. Linger through beautiful classic menus to experience one of Ontario’s most expansive cannabis selections.

Expert industry Navigators offer up-to-the-minute knowledge yet so neighbourly; it feels like you’ve known us for ages.

Add in locally owned and operated, ethical approaches in all aspects of our business, backed with a team of real advocates, humanitarians, trailblazers, and cannabis lovers…

Now that is uniquely Neat.

Our Community

Fostering our own communities should be part of any company, after all it is the healthy heartbeat of the community that makes a business. We live near where we work, we shop here, we raise our families here, and we value local. Neat proudly support our local cannabis growers and suppliers, and we seek them out regularly.

More Partners

Before we began selecting product to put on our shelves, we ignited a mission to trailblaze away from mainstream retail cannabis. We invited local artisans and eco-leaders to help shape our unique identity. After all, hasn’t cannabis always been about embracing others, sharing the love, and fostering all people?

Neat proudly introduces our legacy partners:

Robin Henry

Visual Artist

Robin became a friend years ago when we engaged in an indigenous-led fundraiser in support of the environment. We leapt at asking Robin to paint Neat’s iconic “Free Your Mind” mural in our Oxford location. Robin amazed and exceeded our expectations. Their work can be seen on our website, in-store and echoing throughout Neat’s design applications.

 

Robin’s story:

Robin is a multi-disciplinary artist and illustrator, of French and Anishinaabe descent. Their primary mediums of choice are silk screen printing, murals and digital illustration. After studying art at Yukon School of Visual Arts Robin returned to their hometown of London, Ontario to open a print shop (Antler River Press). Their body of work focuses on man vs nature themes, categorizing the body as an extension of the land and vice versa.

Michael Mullan

Photographer

Michael and Neat’s London roots go way back together, so it’s only fitting that Michael’s trees and iconic London photoscapes are on show in our Oxford pilot store. When it came time to place the finishing touches of Neat’s vintage boutique design, we asked Michael for original pieces of his best work. Michael delivered with brilliant gallery works that speak to the best of Neat.

Michael was host and participant to many art exhibitions at diverse venues between 1990s and 2015, primarily in London ON. Michael’s passion and effort is supporting the artistic community and spreading the love of photographic art. His largest show was MASS exhibit 2a at the McIntosh Gallery, UWO in 2007; Michael was the primary artist and guest curator. Michael represents and works closely with diverse artists from across the world. His work has found its home of many private collectors as well as in the archives of UWO. His work is a study in lights and lines and represents the voices of the collective. 

Jonny Sikkema

Bzz Box

We heard great things about Jonny and his Bzz Boxes, so we called Jonny in to bring us some loot. During that conversation Jonny planted a seed, to save bees. That seed has grown into a corporate project, that has real impact in our region. Because of Jonny, we will never see bees the same way again.

 

Jonny’s story:

In the spring of 2019, five friends rented a cottage for May 24. We all pulled our stash containers out of our overnight bags and placed them on the coffee table. My stash container was sad, an old shoebox from a pair of loafers purchased years earlier. Placed beside the other sad stash boxes, it looked like a mix of school projects, lunch boxes, and Tupperware containers. Discussing our stash boxes around that coffee table led to the inception of Bzz Box. We design containers to organize, and neatly fit herb and herb accessories, and we make it look good.

Solving the problem to our unorganized and sad looking stash boxes wasn’t enough. We wanted to contribute in some way to something meaningful. We wanted to give back. At the time there was a lot of news on social media about the declining population of bees, and their importance to Earth as a species. We found our corporate social responsibility, and that corporate social responsibility led to creation of the name Bzz Box.

Bzz Box. Here to organize and store your stash. Improve convenience and usability, while adding peace of mind. 

Dan Heffernan

Bee Hero

Dan came highly recommended to Neat after we decided to help save the critically declining bee population in Canada. Dan’s hives are becoming a hit among local businesses, and we decided it was time for Cannabis to play a part. Together we are making history in our bee initiatives. 

 

Dan’s story:

I was born and raised London, Ontario. I’m the father of two children (Matt and Abbey) and steward of millions of urban bees, specifically the Apis Mellifera.    

I have always liked nature and as an avid outdoors person I had been aware of the issues facing the bees and moreover all pollinators, but I wasn’t doing anything about it. One day my daughter came to me and stated, “Dad, you must do something to help the bees.” This is my effort…it started with two hives and quickly grew to living with sometimes an excess of two million bees right in my backyard. The last few years I have immersed myself into everything “bee” and found out all kinds of things about the bees, nature, and myself along the way. What I have learned here and the problems I have encountered along the way have led to Heff’s Hives – a full-service honey house, beekeeping equipment supply and one of the most fun aspects, local contract beekeeping.

DOTBOX Digital

Brand Builders

DOTBOX is dedicated to delivering cutting-edge, digital solutions. Our multidisciplinary team has the skills, talent, and expertise to produce perfection down to the last pixel.

We elevate established brands to new heights and cultivate emerging, trailblazing brands from the ground up. By working in tandem with our outstanding clients, we express our shared passion for business to the fullest. We see the big picture, have big dreams, and won’t stop until we achieve big results, together.

Neat Team

It’s rare to find leaders that personally spend 45 minutes serving a customer. We do.

A gentleman who was visibly unwell and seeking help visited us at Neat. Our entire team rallied around him, went to great lengths to ensure he felt at ease, and patiently guided him to choose the best product for his needs then pledged to investigate options to further assist him.

He arrived feeling tense, and left feeling cared for. This is how our team embraces success.

Leeanna

Leeanna

Brand Director

The Chief refers to Leeanna as the “Jill of all trades” for good reason (not to be confused with Space Jill). A melting-pot of career cross-talents in Graphic Communications, Fine Arts, Construction, Interior Design, Marketing, Legal, and Business specializing in corporate ethics and strategic planning. Add in International Human Rights and advocacy leadership, plus 25 years of green thumb experience, Leeanna harnesses all she loves to do in one Neat place.

BC born and raised in the interior legacy-cannabis valleys; one may be surprised that she once shied away from cannabis. When Leeanna shattered her collar bone a few years ago she was urged by several health-minded friends to obtain a legal medical marijuana card. She declined, but it left an impression. Now jokingly known as Neat’s “Edible-girl,” there is no looking back, she’s come full circle.

Of all her hats, nothing compares to the rewards of connecting with the most inspiring teams, customers and community partners any industry leader could ask for.

Tabatha

Tabatha

Asst. Store Manager

As with so many nuances that separate Neat from others, Tabs is no exception. We call her Neat’s lady Cannabis Encyclopedia, or Canna-cheer-leader, and no one is more proud or eager to share her passion and knowledge of cannabis products than Tabs. The cannabis space holds a special place in Tab’s heart, and forever will as it aided her mom through her cancer journey. Being passionate about this industry, and everything it has to offer, Tabs has personally witnessed how therapeutic cannabis can be.

Tabs is determined to stomp stigmas surrounding cannabis that drive her to educate, and inform others that might otherwise resort to misinformation, propaganda and negative hype. Her goal is to make sure that consumers are properly navigated to their desired experience with cannabis the best way possible. Tabs says it best “the best feeling ever is when a customer returns happier than ever, because we took the time to really dive deep into their needs.”

If cannabis ever had a rare flower to behold, Tabs is it.

Paul

Paul

Store Manager

Paul’s rare brand of down-to-earth devotion to his team and customers can be summed up like this, “Is there anything I can do for you, are you ok?” as he smiles and means it, repeat, repeat. As Neat’s Retail Manager, Paul is a selfless leader and his kindness for others spreads into a successful team culture built with sincerity, compassion and wisdom that is broadly contagious to Neat’s customers. Paul is the always approachable go-to-guy everyone can count on, except to discuss social media, which he proudly runs from. Paul loves music and encourages the Navigator team to dance and sing. 

Paul is a Leaf’s fan and though we share his pain, he soldiers on through his passion for Toronto Blue Jays, and Argonauts. London-loyal, he can be seen golfing, fishing, camping, outdooring at every opportunity possible. Paul brings his passion of green gardening, and cooking to the table at Neat, and is eager to exchange trade secrets with Neat’s customers. Paul loves his wife and cat, and it shows. Way to roll, Paul.

Todd

Todd

CEO

Taking credit is not his deal, so this is our chance to do it for him.

What kind of CEO doesn’t hesitate to be on ground zero assisting customers, supporting his team 24/7, constructing the next Neat project, and never loses sight of his people and roots? Mr. Bond, that’s who.

“Neighbourhood friendly” usually describes a business, but it’s how to best describe Todd. This London-born and raised family-man is a hands-on leader at Neat Cannabis Company.

Mr. Bond is a humble yes-man when it comes fostering the industry and community in meaningful ways, and he isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty making Neat stuff happen.

Neat’s visionary created a Cannabis Company that marries grassroots vintage with innovative high-end wellness-oriented cannabis with class and a conscience while providing an experience to everyone who arrives at Neat. Very Crafty, Mr. Bond.

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