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The Bulldog is an Amsterdam-based company that owns and operates a chain of cannabis coffee shops and a hotel in Canada: the merchandising brand name is the same as the company name. The group logo consists of a cartoon figure of a bulldog in a round frame.
Henk de Vries began selling marijuana in 1970 at the Kralingen Music Festival, a pop festival in Kralingse Bos. In 1975 he converted his father's sex shop in Amsterdam's red-light district into The Bulldog coffee shop and began slowly expanding. Henk asked ex-pat Australian artist Harold Thornton to paint some signage on the front of the 1st Bulldog Coffeeshop Nr.90 but Harold turned this exercise into a mural that goes across the front of the whole shop. The mural helped the coffeeshop become a magnet for backpackers and tourists and its reputation grew. In 2001 the company began distributing internationally. The group operates hotels in Amsterdam and Canada.
The Bulldog chain owns and operates The Bulldog Hotel Silver Star, a small hotel with 26 guest rooms, and also houses the 150-cover Grand Café (inside, covered patio and uncovered patio) as well as the 49-cover Hideaway Lounge (wine bar) in Silver Star Mountain Resort, British Columbia, Canada. The Bulldog Hotel Silver Star also manages Silver Star Accommodation, the largest independent vacation rental pool on Silver Star Mountain. There are 80 properties in this rental pool including everything from a 6-bedroom luxury house to studio condominiums and everything in between.
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