I'm from Boston where selling tobacco in drug stores is illegal. I have only seen the common blends in tobacconist shops: Prince Albert, Carter Hall, Granger, Sir Walter Raleigh, Captain Black. Those are sold in the big tubs so I never picked them up. I travelled from Boston to New Orleans all on back roads recently and I noticed that convenience stores and grocers carry pipe tobacco. SWR seemed to be the most common, both straight and aromatic. I also saw Carter Hall and PA, but not so much the other brands. This is an average impression. I really started noticing in Virginia, Tenn, Ala, and Miss. I haven't checked out the New Orleans selection but that is a city rather than in the "back country." Is SWR really as popular as my eyeball observations lead me to believe? I rarely see pipe smokers on the street in Boston and most of my trip was spent on the open road so I didn't see any pipe smokers then. I know PA is the best selling brand but from what I've seen SWR is the most commonly sold. I'm from Connecticut and the pipe tobacco offerings are just as slim as they are in Boston. I'm not used to seeing any of these behind the cash register so I'm curious. What's usually available out there beyond New England? Do the members of this forum regularly smoke these mass market blends or do you go to a tobacconist? I'm moving to New Orleans next month so I want to know if I should be stwitching to PA, SWR, etc or if I should look for a well-stocked B&M. In Boston, I go to L.J. Piretti and buy the house blends but I think I might be spoiled. What's out there and what's best? Thanks. I worry that I may be in for tobacco shock. I'm probably making a mountain out of a molehill.