Innovation

When I started working for PipesandCigars.com a little over ten years ago, I was asked to put together a few tobacco blends to see if people would want to buy them. The result was the beginning of our Hearth & Home line, which has grown far bigger than I would have ever expected. Many of […]

Part Rant, Part Announcement

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It’s been widely reported that earlier this year CVS Pharmacy caved in to the pressure by anti-smoking zealots and announced that they would stop selling all tobacco products by October 2014. The actually were ahead of schedule, having beaten their self-imposed deadline by a few weeks. They mentioned that they believed that tobacco doesn’t fit […]

Enjoying the Great Outdoors

Labor Day has just passed, and that means that the sun will be setting earlier, the evenings will become a bit chilly, but the daytime will be just about perfect for being outdoors. It’s still warm enough not to need a sweater or jacket, but it’s usually not brutally hot. Of course, as I write […]

Sometimes a cigar is the perfect smoke

I have been working on a post about the joys of cigar smoking with my father in law and I spent last week on and off editing and rewriting my little ode to the cigar. It was coming along nicely until I went to put the finishing touches on it this morning and realized I saved […]

My old GBD

I once had a mental misstep and I sold a few of my pipes. Not sure why, since I did not need the money at the time, but I did it anyway. There are a few pipes that I miss but there was a particular GBD bent that I really missed. After I sold them I did […]

When Pipes Meet Cigars

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Many pipe smokers enjoy the occasional cigar, and I know of a number of cigar smokers who have a bowl of tobacco from time to time. We tend to think of them as very different things, but there’s a lot more overlap between them than one might think. There have been a bunch of pipe […]

Here We Go Again!

I can’t believe how quickly time passes. The year is zipping by, and when you have specific goals and deadlines, things seem to go even faster. I’m just looking at the calendar and I realized that we’re only about two weeks away from our next catalog landing in your mailboxes. That means that you’ve got […]

Fine Tuning

The last year and a half has been full of changes here at Pipes and Cigars.com. First, we had to physically move all our inventory and equipment to our new location, which was quite a task. Shortly thereafter, we realized that we wouldn’t be able to expand things the way we needed to with the […]

The Only Constant is Change

In a little over a week I’ll mark 10 years with Pipes and Cigars, and around 38 since I first worked as a tobacconist. In the span of nearly 40 years, I’ve seen great pipe brands wither and become shadows of their former selves, or disappear entirely. I would venture a guess and say that […]

There Are No Absolutes

Pipe smoking as a pastime is much more of an art than anything else. What I mean is that with something like mathematics, there are certainties, at least in practical everyday use.  Two plus two is four, and always will be. But in pipe smoking, very little, if anything, is universal. Why is this? The […]