Having grown increasingly unhappy with my local B&M (good for cigars, not so much with the pipe stuff; they also have a burgeoning head shop business going, too, I think, based on the number of skate kids in there the last time I visited) I searched on Google for other tobacco shops near me. I didn't want Admiral or one of the other discount tobacco shops, so I figured I'd have to drive at least 30 minutes to find another quality place. I was shocked to learn there is a second cigar shop in town, and even more surprised when I called and they said, "Yes, we do have a limited selection of pipe tobacco." I drove over after work, and the owner (very friendly guy) wasn't kidding. No bulk tobacco anywhere, and the choice of tinned tobacco was Davidoff Blue, Davidoff Danish Mixture and Savinelli Cavendish. I had been hoping for something in a flake, and maybe something by the ever elusive SG. Not wanting to leave empty handed, I asked if they carried pipe lighters as my stash of wood matches is dwindling. The only pipe lighter in the whole joint looked like one of those ancient Old Boy lighters I remember the pipe smokers of my youth using. It was chrome with lines, but did have a removable tamper/pick. Hrmmm. The owner (did I mention he was super friendly?) invited me to make an offer on any of the pipe stuff I might be interested in. We chit-chatted a bit, and I learned he has exactly two regular pipe customers. Both are very particular about their tobacco and he stocks "their brands" specifically for them (he didn't say what they were). I thought it was swell of him to offer to order any pipe tobacco I might want, as long as I promised to buy it only from him (like I could go anywhere else in this town, even if I wanted to!). Anyway, he was a cool young entrepreneur, and I wanted to encourage the continued competition, so I threw out $75 for the lighter and one each of the Danish and Cavendish. He shrugged and said, "Works for me." So, now I'm the new owner of a couple of tins of tobacco which don't seem to be highly regarded (at least on tobaccoreviews.com) and a lighter that I know next to nothing about. It's a chrome job with verticle lines, takes butane, made by Corona? Is that the beer company?! I'm not even sure what the tins of tobacco go for normally, but I feel like I did OK, and he was happy, so there we have it. The best part, though, is I found another B&M! YAY! Oh, did I mention the shop is open and well lit? Furnished with a couple overstuffed leather couches and a large table (for playing cards, I figure) it looked comfortable. He even had a little refrigerator for refreshments (I happened to notice it had a small stash of Genius Beer...er, Guinness...inside) and free coffee. Dang; this is customer service! So, now I just need to discover which tobacco I like the most and give him some more business. Don't mean to gush over something so simple, but...I'm stoked to not have to deal with the people who didn't want to sell me anything other than dry house blends and overpriced no-name pipes (well, they were stamped "Made in Greece"). YAY again!