The Bulldog (the first) Coffee Shop, Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Founded 17/12/1975)
"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.
In 2010 The Bulldog was ordered to cease the sale and distribution of its own brand of energy drink, following a lengthy legal dispute with Red Bull GmbH, makers of Red Bull.