About Pipes and Tobaccos

When I first decided to bring pipes and pipe tobacco into my retail store, I had no idea just how many products were on the market. Fortunately, I had manufacturers’ reps who were very helpful and patient, and they helped me to understand the importance of variety to pipe smokers. Up to that point, I […]

5 Things The Cigar Manufacturers Don’t Want You To Know!

Too dark to be natural? It probably isn’t! Natural Maduro Wrappers
are deep brown, not black.

Some of your cigars might need some aging after purchase to achieve optimum flavors Obviously sitting on product can get expensive, and additionally, when a brand is popular there is a lot of pressure on the manufacturer’s to get them on the shelf as quickly as possible. However, sometimes tobacco needs to age for extended […]

Jumping on the Band Wagon

My father smoked both pipes and cigarettes. On occasion, he would also have a cigar, usually machine-mades. I don’t remember him ever enjoying a hand-rolled cigar. When I was still too young to attend school, he would take the band off his stogie and give it to me. I felt like a big deal because I […]

Cigar Review- L’Atelier Surrogates Tramp Stamp

Normally I don’t fall in love with a cigar right away, but this time it was a little different. It’s been almost exactly two years since the L’Atelier Surrogates were released. As a fan of Pete Johnson it was something I knew I needed to try. I wasn’t let down at all. A beautiful Habano […]

Pipes and Cigars

Despite the title, this isn’t about our website. This is about my thoughts on the differences between pipe and cigar smoking. Some are obvious, others are less so. All of them are just my opinion, but that’s what I have to work with, so here I go. The first thing I ever smoked was a […]

Not Just Talking Tobacco Today

When Scott Bendett opened the Habana Premium Cigar Shoppe in the Colonie Center mall in Albany, NY, he could have scarcely imagined where things would go from there. After a few years of selling cigars and pipes to the locals, Scott felt that it was time to reach out to a larger audience, by going […]

Rediscovery of a Pipe

If you’re a pipe smoker like me and have been collecting pipes and related paraphernalia for as long as I have, you’re bound to have come across a pipe in your collection that you’ve forgotten or overlooked. I’ve not kept track, but I bet that I’ve purchased, traded and owned thousands of pipes in the […]

Tools of the Trade: All the Toys for Enjoyable Smoking!

Have you ever noticed the tools that professional use in their chosen line of work? A chef has knives, pots and pans, cutting boards, measuring cups, place settings and all kinds of food items. A handyman has a tool belt, screw drivers, hammers, tape measures, nails & screws and wood and metal to work with. […]

From Father To Son

Have you ever noticed that fathers pass on more than genes to their sons? In my case, my father was a pipe and an occasional cigar smoker. Many of my fondest and earliest memories of my father are related to smoking pipes and cigars. Without consciously knowing it, he passed on the appreciation of fine […]

Tobacco Legislation and The “Social Creep”

Russ Ouellette, Hearth & Home Master Blender

We’ve all heard the truism “Give ‘em an inch and they’ll take a mile”. It’s usually in reference to children regarding self-discipline, but I’m coming to realize that it has a lot to do with government, especially legislators. Let me explain. I remember a time, not all that long ago, when smoking pipes, cigarettes, and […]