We had the good fortune of connecting with Asia Lyneise and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Asia Lyneise, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
As a stylist and a black woman that’s entering into the recreational cannabis industry with a brand called, Stylish Stoners. My business will be working closely with the MRA’s (Marijuana Regulatory Agency) Social Equity Program. The Social Equity Program promotes and encourages participation in the marijuana industry by people from communities that have been disproportinately impacted by marijuana prohibition and enforcement. To be able to break ground in a white male dominated industy and being able to work with a non profit organization means that I can give back to the community that I am from as well as educate my people on health and wellness by breaking the stigma of marijuana. Stylish Stoners is the umbrella to Stylish Stoners Boutique which is a luxury cannabis accessories line that collaborates with local black owned women businesses as well as, “Elevate in Style” which will be upscale curated cannabis events. It’s time to end the stigma of marijuana that has locked so many of our brothers and sisters up.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Originally I spoke about Asia Lyneise Styles, however, I want to speak on Stylish Stoners which is the new business venture that I created last summer. Stylish Stoners is the umbrella company for Stylish Stoners Boutique which specializes in creating luxury cannabis accessories by collaborating with local black-owned women ran businesses as well as “Elevate in Style”, which will bring curated upscale cannabis events to the Metro Detroit Area in the Summer of 2021. This process has not been easy at all and as people may or may not know to break into a male-dominated cannabis industry you need a lot of capital and if you are black and a woman doing this by yourself can get extremely discouraging. There have been plenty of times that I wanted to give up but then I sit back and realize that there are so many people that I don’t know and know rooting for me.
To be able to power this through the MRA’s (Marijuana Regulatory Agency) Social Equity Program not only will I be able to give back to my community that was so negatively impacted by the prohibition and enforcement of marijuana. I am also able to educate black and brown people on the health and wellness of cannabis and break the negative stigma of weed by providing carefully curated events surrounding the education of marijuana.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Hmm, this would usually be fun but since we are living in the times of Covid we have to still make memories. So I would definitely recommend cruising downtown and stopping at Belle Isle, enjoying a joint of course. Also catching a movie at the historic Ford Wyoming Drive-In theater, definitely a gem in the metro Detroit Area. I would also include trips to the DIA and the Charles H. Wright Museum. As far as food goes, I am a proud vegan so I would recommend some of my favorite plant-friendly restaurants like Chilli Mustard Onions, The Kitchen by Que, Street Beet Detroit, and our local pop-ups like Trap Kitchen Vegan at the Water Station on Detroit’s west side. Lastly, in regards to a good time, I would have them check out Shelby Detroit and try one of their crafted cocktails, definitely an experience and in the times we live in, we need great experiences.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Honestly, as much as I want to say it was all me. I owe a lot of who I am as an artist and businesswoman to my tribe. They have supported me unconditionally, they hold me accountable and they’re there when I feel like I am losing sight of my end goal. They remind me to celebrate the small wins and for that, I am so grateful for them so they definitely deserve their roses now.
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Headshot: James Johnson Add. photographs James Johnson, Stylish Stoner’s product shots David Booker, BTS photograph James Johnson, suit shot