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Friday, April 26,2013

Best of Boulder 2013: Growing, Smoking and Pipes

By Boulder Weekly Staff
Photo by Susan France
Nick Panico of Mile High Pipes and Tobacco

Hydroponic Store

6395 Gunpark Drive, 303-473-4769

Second Place: Boulder Hydroponic
Third Place: One Love Garden Supply
Fourth Place: Candy Shop Hydroponics
Fifth Place: Family Hydroponics

No matter how green a thumb, it’s impossible to grow tomatoes in December — outside. For thriving thumbs that refuse to go dormant in the winter, Way to Grow can help set up the perfect, organic, indoor grow room. Even if you know nothing about gardening, Way to Grow can get you started on converting an unfinished basement into a thriving greenhouse or bring an overgrown, forgotten garden back to life. Anyone can be a gardener with the right tools, and filling that toolbox starts with the supplies at Boulder’s best hydroponic store.

Pipe Shop

1144 Pearl St., 303-443-7473

Second Place: The Fitter
Third Place: Freaky’s Gift Tattoo & Body Piercing Tobacco Head Shop
Fourth Place: Smoker Friendly
Fifth Place: Helping Hands

Forget what you were looking for? Maybe it was something shiny and glass, and Mile High Pipes and Tobacco will help you figure it out. Maybe it’s just a tobacco pipe, maybe it’s a Roor “water pipe” with an ice catcher — no matter what, you can probably find it at Mile High.

Need a hat made of hemp? Runner-up The Fitter, located on the Hill, has accessories galore to complement that color-changing glass pipe you just had to have.

Tobacco Shop

1620 30th St., Boulder, 303-449-7089
22 Highway 72, Nederland, 303-258-9240

Second Place: Mile High Pipe & Tobacco
Third Place: Johnny’s Cigar Bar
Fourth Place: The Fitter
Fifth Place: University Hill Market

Call it Game of Smokes. A power vacuum opened in this category with the departure of Eads News & Smoke Shop, a perennial winner that closed in 2012. The throne abandoned, last year’s runners-up began a dramatic battle to capture the title of top tobacconist. We assume. In the end, the new king is Smoker Friendly, the regional chain that offers its own SF brand of cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco and accessories, as well as all of the national brands.

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These stores deserve their places, they have served us well for a long time now and hopefully they will continue to do so!


Obviously, no one can grow vegetables outside unless it's summer, but no one says you can't grow them inside during winter. You can always stop by the Way to Grow for some help, or you can check out the offers on http://sunscapesunroom.com/ and see how you can create an unique area, perfect for growing your favorite vegetables.