When I first saw renderings of Galaxy Glass’ future storefront facade, I was blown away. And when I saw the new interior design, I thought, ‘It’s so cool to see someone actually put some effort into a space like this, especially the smoke shop. Galaxy Glass is more than just a smoking area. Thanks to owners Sean Reynolds and Mike Danner’s vision of wanting to do something at a higher level, it’s all that and more.
To bring their vision closer to reality, the owners reached out to Arch&Type owner Seth Amman, who has done an amazing job of extracting the creative elements from their brains.
“I give them credit,” Amman said during a Zoom call with me and Reynolds. “I took a hint of the word and brought it to life.”
According to Reynolds, he began planning and building Galaxy Glass in 2018 at the former Broadway Joe’s at 3051 Main Street in University Heights. This shop opened in June 2021. But Reynolds knew this opening was a replacement for What Happened. His goal was to create something special for the community. More than just a smokehouse, Galaxy Glass also hosts poetry readings, small concerts, art shows and many other culturally significant events. Many such immersive events have already taken place in this space. Now is the time to create an aesthetic atmosphere that honors the cultural spirit within.
“The plan is to improve the smoke shop experience,” said Ammann, who is designing the space with Adam McCullough. “How can we create a space that helps reduce the stigma of smoking areas? How can the façade and interior reflect what is going on inside as a cultural center?”
Amman said Reynolds wanted something clean and classy, which clearly doesn’t represent the typical smokehouse atmosphere. In fact, the atmosphere is more like a combination of Mos Eisley Cantina and Korova Milkbar than a smoking area.
Apart from the aforementioned cultural elements, the next version of Galaxy Glass will feature a main flexible seating lounge and smaller private lounges with booth seating and velvet curtains. There will be a torch-glass studio visible from both the main street and the lounge, a glass retail store, a small stage for intimate performances and a large backyard for summer gatherings.
When it comes to cannabis ingredients, “Galaxy Glass is legally permitted to do everything we do,” Reynolds said. “We have applied for a Special Use Permit with the NYS. We are not a pharmacy, but customers are allowed to bring in their own cannabis and smoke it. vape smoke category. Our goal is to build a consumption lounge and a cultural space. ”
The sleek storefront design and organic interiors are not only stylish touches for Galaxy Glass, but also set a precedent for other companies to follow. Sometimes it’s good to offer the community something beyond the ordinary, rather than just setting up temporary vinyl signs and opening doors.
A great example of this is what will happen next This is thanks to Reynolds and Danner for wanting something more, and Amman and McCullough for capturing the vision.
“The process of creating art is art itself,” exclaimed Reynolds, eager to put on the show.
Next step? Reynolds and Danner are talking to silent investors who can help tangibly realize the aesthetics Arch&Type has set out.