Official Press Release: Friendly Stranger Opens New Toronto Location

Friendly Stranger Holdings Corp. Opens First
Friendly Stranger Cannabis ShopTM in Toronto’s Church Street Village 

May 13, 2020, Toronto ON – Friendly Stranger Holdings Corp (“FSHC” or the “Company”) today announces the opening of its first Toronto cannabis retail location.  The Friendly Stranger cannabis shop is located at 501 Church Street in Toronto, Ontario. The location promises to adhere to all recommended social distancing measures while offering curbside pickup and same day delivery*. Customers are invited to avoid wait times by placing orders ahead of time online at

COVID-19 posed many challenges for the FSHC team, including working virtually with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (“AGCO”) to meet the regulatory requirements and pass the pre-opening inspection, obtaining their store authorization on May 12th. This store marks the third Friendly Stranger cannabis shop to open, following their first and second locations conveniently located in London and Burlington earlier this year. Both are currently offering curbside pickup and delivery. 

All existing and future Friendly Stranger cannabis stores will share values synonymous with the original Friendly Stranger cannabis accessory store on Toronto’s Queen Street West founded in 1994. With a deep history of community presence and involvement, their dedication to education and drive to eliminate the stigma surrounding cannabis will remain front and center.

FSHC is planning to open two more Friendly Stranger stores in mid to late Spring. Additionally, the Company will open four licensed Happy Dayz™️ locations,  as well as a reopening of Kensington Market’s iconic  HOTBOX™️ in the coming months.  

“We are pleased to deliver on our aggressive expansion plan to become the leading cannabis and cannabis accessory retailer in Ontario” said James Jesty, President of Friendly Stranger Holdings Corp. “We have dedicated staff that are eager to safely serve and educate the community, remaining true to our company’s core mission and values.” 

Friendly Stranger has always been committed to supporting initiatives within surrounding communities. As they embark on their newest location in the Village, FSHC extends their commitment of support to LGBTQ2IA+ communities. In celebration of this new chapter, FSHC will be creating a virtual drag event hosted by the first openly gay male professional hockey player, LGBTQ+ activist and co host of This is Sh*t on WOWPresents, Brock McGillis and RuPaul’s Drag Race season 11 finalist, judge of Canada’s Drag Race and international celebrity drag queen Brooke Lynn Hytes. The show will feature many of the exceptional queens that Toronto has to offer. A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to Gladdaylit, a Church Street charity that supports local LGBTQ writers and artists. Further details to follow shortly.


For further information: 

Friendly Stranger Holdings Corp,

James Jesty, President, 

For interviews regarding Friendly Stranger Holding’s Corp’s acquisitions and expansion plans, images, and additional information: 

Lindsay Craven,, 416-504-0768 ext 239; 647-453-8527


A long-standing retail champion of cannabis culture, Friendly Stranger Holdings Corp (“FSHC”) is dedicated to ongoing long-term contribution within the Canadian cannabis market through the launch of numerous retail locations across the country. With strategic investments, such as acquiring iconic cannabis culture stores such as Hot Box and Happy Dayz™️, under their umbrella, FSHC continues to evolve and execute their ongoing growth strategy., ,  

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Twitter: @friendlystrnger @happy__dayz @HOTBOX™️, cafe 

Facebook: HOTBOX, cafe

* SAME DAY DELIVERY on orders placed before 2pm. NEXT DAY DELIVERY on orders placed after 2pm.