When you mention Old Oakland, many people think of fashionable clothing stores and trendy retailers, cool restaurants and chic coffee shops in historic buildings. All of this is true, and there is one business in the community that has been around so long it is one of the hippest joints in town.
We were intoxicated when Oakland Magazine agreed to feature The Port Bar and its Twitter-worthy #ImpeachMint in the September 2017 issue. And it went to our head when Elyce Berrigan-Dunlop vowed under oath there would be no room for "alternative facts" in her reporting. When toasting with any other drink you say, "Cheers!" But when you're raising a glass of ImpeachMint the only acceptable salute is, "Covfefe!"
You could say Todd Nelson is building his own cannabis empire as the “Pot PR Guy.”
After 17 years of award-winning marketing, communications and PR experience, in 2015, Todd decided to re-open a business he ran years ago, TNTpr. Only this time, the business would specialize in cannabis PR.
The Port Bar is a blend of Oakland past and Oakland future where people from diverse lifestyles come together.
As marijuana consumption grows with expanding legalization, most users still want to be discreet about their practices. Entrepreneurs are helping these customers keep their cannabis consumption under the radar, and to connect them unobtrusively to retailers and like-minded users.
There is a high-end luxury marijuana market that caters to people willing to spend almost $3,000 for a joint and hundreds for luxury subscription boxes.
New research by a national marketing strategy firm has turned up some surprising findings about Gen X and Millennial cannabis consumers.
Mass media, major brands and the political landscape have an opportunity to catch up with these new cannabis consumers.
“Open to new ideas.”
Todd Nelson has been remarkable to work with. His innovative thinking creates an exciting collaboration between client and designer. He's open to new things and new ideas, therefore producing pieces that are fresh and effective.
— Julian C.
“An obvious knack for communication.”
Todd has a definite charisma and an obvious knack for communication and networking. It was a pleasure working with him through a long project lifecycle for the new website. Todd stepped up and quickly took initiative to implement new tools, using social media and blog posts to broadcast a great positive message.
— Crystal R.
“Would be an asset to any firm.”
Todd revamped the entire marketing effort which included beautiful new brochures as well as an award winning website and newsletters. He is very professional and would be an asset to any firm.
— David G.
“Wants to make a difference in this world.”
Todd is great! He is personable, sweet and is always looking out for the best for his clients. He truly wants to make a difference in this world and his work is a reflection of that desire.
— Danielle B.
“The company is lucky to have him.”
Todd has an energy and enthusiasm that is contagious. He always follows thru and provides a great service to those around him.
— Juan F.
“Balance of skill, creativity and diplomacy.”
Todd has the perfect balance of professionalism, skill, creativity and diplomacy. My professional experience has spanned 21 years and it would be rare to find someone to surpass his excellence.
— Angela H.
"The most powerful person in the world is the story teller. The storyteller sets the vision, values and agenda of an entire generation that is to come.” — Steve Jobs