WORCESTER – The first ever marijuana social club in Worcester will be opening up on Water St. in the city’s Canal District this week.
The Summit Lounge — an upscale, private smoking lounge that will allow the consumption of cannabis — is slated to open on Friday, Feb. 9 at 116 Water St., the former home of Secret Society Tattoo shop.
According to owner and general manager Kyle Moon, 27, of Northbridge, The Summit Lounge will be an exclusive club aimed at business and social leaders in the Worcester community to come share common interests.
In an interview on Feb. 6, Moon, a Business Administration major at Quinsigamond Community College, said, “It’s a private membership association. It’s really for people that aren’t interested in the bar scene and don’t want to go out to a loud club, but still want to socialize with people. For example, older people that want to go out on a Friday night, but don’t want to be surrounded by the college crowd. It’s an alternative to the typical Worcester nightlife.”
According to Moon, The Summit Lounge is modeled after an upscale yacht club — where it’s private membership-based and a place for people to hang out in a relaxed environment.
“We’re really trying to pride ourselves on being a classy establishment. Our members are allowed to smoke cannabis, but we don’t want it to be a place just to smoke cannabis,” Moon said.
“If our members agree to allow the smoking of cannabis on the premises, it’s legal in Massachusetts and we’re not open to the public. Because we are a private membership association, we’re allowed to smoke cigarettes and cannabis in the privacy of the club,” Moon added.
The Summit will offer a selection of tobacco products to its members, but will not be providing cannabis. Members will have to bring their own into the club.
“We won’t be selling cannabis. We won’t be providing our members with cannabis. If anyone is caught selling cannabis in our club, they will be asked to leave immediately and their membership will be revoked,” Moon said.
The Summit Lounge is a registered 501(c)(7) social and recreational organization. The membership only includes the right of access to the club and will cost $50 per month.
Possession of small quantities of marijuana in Massachusetts is legal, therefore The Summit Lounge is able to allow its private members in to bring their own, according to Moon.
“You’re able to come in and enjoy the atmosphere. We will have different theme nights — local brewery samplings, paint nite, poetry night, live music — that will all be free. There will be no alcohol on the premise. Due to our members smoking cannabis in there, we decided we don’t want to mix the two,” Moon said.
Moon said the club has a occupancy limit of 80 people and hope to have between 100 to 150 members within its first three months in business.
“We’re membership driven. So the members will decide what kind of events we have there and how we grow our relationships with our businesses,” Moon said. “We want to grow with the community in a positive way.”
Moon said the business neighbors on Water St. — notably Kummerspeck restaurant and Weintraub’s Deli — have been amazing to deal with.
“Everyone’s been wonderful. It’s a great area for our type of crowd. From our point of view, we see our place as somewhere people can take a break from the club scene for a bit, come visit the club and enjoy a joint, and then head back to a bar at Whiskey on Water or somewhere else on the street,” Moon said.
An open house will be held at The Summit on Feb. 17 from 12 PM to 5 PM for people interested in learning more about the club and those looking to apply for a membership.
“It’s a market that is historically looked down upon. We’re trying to help change that image. We’re talking about successful young adults, and successful business leaders that enjoy cannabis. It’s a way for people that don’t have a problem with substances to have a good time on the weekend,” Moon added.
The hours of operation at The Summit Lounge are 5 PM to 10 Monday-Wednesday, 5 PM to 3 PM Thursday, 12 PM to 12 AM Friday, 10 AM to 12 AM Saturday and 12 PM to 7 PM on Sundays.