Looking for Head Shops Near Me? Read This First!

Have you ever broken your favorite piece and subsequently spent hours online searching for things like “Head Shops near me”? I have some good news for you my friend. You can go ahead and breathe that sigh of relief because you are not alone. Far from it, in fact. There are tons of people at this very moment that are experiencing the exact same thing you are. They’re sitting at home, looking at the broken shards of a once-loved work of art from sessions past, wondering if it can ever be replaced. The obvious good news? It can be. Also, for those of you searching for glass pipe shops near you simply because you want to add another piece to your growing glass art collection, this piece is for you too! We’ll go over the different kinds of glass pipe shops there are, and which one might work best for your specific needs. While you may think that new pipe of your dreams is out of reach, the glass pipe shop you’re looking for may be closer to you than you ever thought. 


gallery head shop

GALLERIES


First up, we’ve got glass galleries. Of all the different kinds of glass pipe shops near you, this one is the most likely to have higher end, more expensive pieces. Many of them are likely made by established and respected American glass blowers. What you should definitely not expect when walking into a glass gallery is a wide selection of budget glass. That is not to say that there won’t be any available, but the selection will likely be sparce. Galleries are the kinds of glass pipe shops that showcase an artist’s work. Much like an art gallery might be used to showcase a painter’s pieces. The art in a glass gallery should be treated with the same level of respect as the paintings in an art gallery, with one big difference. Eventually, the art you pick up from a glass gallery will be filled with water and used to smoke or dab out of. Meaning it is quite literally “high art.” Sorry about that. I couldn’t help myself. The only downsides to exclusively shopping at glass galleries are they tend to be expensive and your town may not have one, so some light travel may be required. 


head shops near me

SMOKE SHOPS


Next, another popular subset of glass pipe shops that you’re likely to find near you would be smoke shops or “head shops.” First off, when shopping in a store like a smoke shop or a head shop, remember to use the context of tobacco. A lot of store owners prefer to refer to their merchandise as “for tobacco use only” as a way to cover themselves in any legal gray area, as tobacco is a more widely accepted substance than certain others. At least for the time being. These are smaller shops that specialize in glass pipes and bongs, but also sell a wide variety of products that someone looking for glass pipes might enjoy. For example, if you’ve ever found yourself looking at glass pipes and then looked up to see tapestries hanging from the ceiling and a case full of grinders, torches, and other four-twenty-friendly products for sale nearby, you’re likely in a smoke shop. These shops are awesome because they showcase local glass artists that are still trying to make a name for themselves, meaning you could possibly get an amazing piece of art for cheaper than if you had gone to a gallery. 


gas station glass pipes

CORNER STORES / GAS STATIONS


Up next we’ve got probably the lowest tier of glass pipe shops you’ll find. Mostly because these stores, more often than not, don’t specialize in selling glass pipes. Rather, they are a liquor store or gas station that decided to offer a small selection of glass pipes for cheap as a way of making extra money. While not all of the glass in shops like these is worth passing up immediately, the vast majority of pieces in shops such as these are going to be thin, mass produced pipes and bongs that are of lower quality. What does it mean when glass pipes are lower quality? Any number of things. Poor quality glass can be blown too thin and crack or shatter when exposed to high heat. It also doesn’t travel well because a low level of impact could cause damage to it. These glass pipe shops typically stock pieces for those who have little money and just need something to use between now and when they get a new pipe at a better shop. With careful selection, a glass pipe shop near you that sells pieces like this might be just what you’re looking for in a pinch. 


dispensary bongs rigs

DISPENSARIES


That is right, more and more dispensaries are trying to make themselves one stop shops for all things four twenty related. Not surprisingly, that means that a number of these medicinal and recreational havens are now also selling glass. That means that you can actually get something good to smoke AND something cool to smoke out of all in the same place! Now if only they would sell me a double cheeseburger too. For fans of convenience this may sound like a great option but remember that while a dispensary may seem like a no brainer place to score that new piece, they also likely do not specialize in glass art or sales. This means that the selection will likely be limited, and the quality of the glass art available will vary wildly. Our personal recommendation is to stick with shops that are specifically meant to sell glass pipes. That way you can be confident the sales associates know what they are talking about and you can minimize your risk of spending your hard-earned money on something of a lower quality than you had originally hoped to get. 


Online head shop

ONLINE


Finally, we have reached the section about online glass pipe shops. If you think about it, when you’re searching for “head shops near me” you’re already as close to one as you can get. Your own computer. There are plenty of online glass pipe shops near your feverishly fluttering fingertips every time you open your browser, but which one is right for you? Luckily, you happen to already be on one of the greatest online head shops around, Brothers With Glass. Here at BWG we pride ourselves on offering high quality glass art for all different kinds of people working with all different kinds of budgets. Whether you’re looking to score a new chillum for the low or a heady dab rig to show off on Instagram, Brothers With Glass has exactly what you’re looking for at a price that won’t send your wallet screaming for the door. Plus, there is the added benefit of not having to leave your house, or even your couch. Let’s face it. It’s 2021, we’ve all been through a lot. Why not give yourself a break and safely scoop your next glass pipe at an online shop you can trust from the safety of your own home? Whether you’re looking for a new, small budget piece or an extravagant new heady rig, Brothers With Glass has you covered. Best of all, we ship it straight to your door! 

19 comments

Carlos

Carlos

I buy my glass pieces online and I’ve been doing it on BWG for the past few years now which is awesome. I can spend about half an hour browsing their website, but i mostly buy spoon pipes which are my favorite go to smoke piece, I own a few and broke a few but still go back and buy some art from local artist there’s so many beautiful pieces to choose from.

Anthony Cunningham

Anthony Cunningham

YES I want to thank BROTHER’S GLASS for the IRIE ROOTS RASTAFRAI information. On Glass Shops. YES I BROTHER’S GLASS IS THE BEST ..🔥🌲🌊🌴🇪🇹✊

Anthony Cunningham

Anthony Cunningham

YES I want to thank BROTHER’S GLASS for the IRIE ROOTS RASTAFRAI information. On Glass Shops. YES I BROTHER’S GLASS IS THE BEST ..🔥🌲🌊🌴🇪🇹✊

Scott Coy

Scott Coy

Nice read

Dan

Dan

Love visiting different shops

Scott Smonko

Scott Smonko

Brothers W/ Glass
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Brian Smith

Brian Smith

Great article; well written and informative. While variety is the spice of life, for me convenience is king. Thanks for being awesome!

Michael

Michael

Local is great but sometimes the selection is repetitive. Online is good to see what other parts of the country are making.

Danny Martinez

Danny Martinez

Always love seeing local glass at local shops.

Jesse Hayes

Jesse Hayes

Nice article learned a lot !

Shari F

Shari F

This is a very informative post. Other than galleries and dispensaries, items have been purchased from all other places. There is definitely a difference in quality, especially if things get lap launched getting out of the car. Lol. Keep up the excellent work!

Niki

Niki

Excellent article and input 👍👍 It can be a bit intimidating to navigate the glass world and these are some important points.

Lori B

Lori B

I have had to shop gas stations in the past . . . Having finally bought quality glass i am never going backward. Thanks BWG for offering superbly crafted pieces i will use for years that i can actually afford.

Tammy

Tammy

great news for grannies looking for the 411 on 420

Dalton

Dalton

Thanks 💪

Robert Blaszak

Robert Blaszak

I really prefer to order online. I like the the excitement of opening the box went it arrives. I’m a big kid a heart!

DavidAndrew Badiner

DavidAndrew Badiner

I love BWG , you guys help me out and make buying glass super fast and easy! Thank you so much!

Steve P

Steve P

Interesting article. I don’t really trust retail shops much. Always just shop online.

Alex

Alex

In my experience I’ve always loved going down to my local glass store and browsing the selection. But nothing has come close to the variety and prices of shopping online (specifically BWG!!!). Some of my favorite pieces have come from online and I’ve never had a problem w any online orders

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