The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 48
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- The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 48
- Kevin Godbee
- Aug 15, 2013
- 1 min read
Thank you for joining us for The Pipes Magazine Radio Show—the only radio talk show for pipe smokers and collectors. We want to thank you for listening and being one of our loyal 15,000 weekly fans. In tonight’s “Pipe Parts” segment Brian will talk about the rules of etiquette when visiting your local retail tobacconist. Then, Paul Creasy, the President of Sutliff Tobacco Co. returns for his second feature interview. This time we will leave out all of the scary legislative discussion, and talk primarily about tobacco. You will hear a little bit of the history of Sutliff, and a lot about the different ways they process and produce tobaccos to create the plethora of blends they offer. If this show doesn’t make you feel like smoking a pipe, nothing will. Our pipes are packed, drinks are poured, the sound check is done … pack a pipe, sit back, relax and join us for The Pipes Magazine Radio Show.
Tonight’s show is sponsored by Sutliff-Tobacco.com, CupOJoes.com, SmokingPipes.com, Missouri Meerschaum, 4noggins.com, and MeerschaumStore.com, Please give them some consideration when making your next pipe or tobacco purchase.
We hope you enjoy our 50-minute show produced just for you—the pipe smoker and collector. The following link will launch a pop-up player. Alternatively, you can download the show in iTunes after the initial broadcast is complete here.
Paul Creasy, President of Sutliff Tobacco Co.
Written by Kevin Godbee
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I always purchase something when I go to a B&M shop. Our favorite shop in Blawnox (east of PGH) is Allegheny Smokeworks. Great shop, PGH club meets there the 2nd Saturday of the month.
Great idea to have Paul back. The Sutliff history is quite interesting. The categories and grades of the tobacco in blends used to maintain a consistent blend is very interesting. I liked the discussion on dipping the leaf. Good recommendations on the tobaccos try.
Nice to see a couple of more pipe shows coming on-line.
See you in Columbus.
Great interview Brian found very interesting and informative especially the Sutliff tobacco brand. I will have to stop by my local B&M shop and find out if they carry Stuliff Tobacco. If not then I just may have to go online and order a tin of their English tobacco and their aromatic. I still like to go downtown here in Montreal where we still have two major BAM who specialize in tobacco products like Vasco and Blatter & Blatter who not only sell imported Cuban cigars but also offer pipe smokers some excellent house blend pipe tobacco for a good price. If you ever come up north to our fair city of Montreal, Canada come and enjoy and bowl and a hand rolled Habanos from Cuba.
Great show as always Brian! My local B&M is Straus Tobacconist with two locations in downtown Cincinnati, OH and Florence, KY. The Florence store is home to a lovely Diamond Crown Cigar Lounge that you should definitely check out when you’re in the neighborhood. They have a good selection of pipes and pipe tobacco, along with some nice house blends. The Cincinnati Area Pipe Smokers (CAPS) pipe club holds their monthly Saturday meeting there as well. Hope all is well, and we’ll see you in a few days in Columbus!
I found the show a couple weeks ago and love it! I’ve listened to your voice a lot recently, Brian, having almost 50 shows to catch up on! Unfortunately, I don’t have a real B&M pipe/cigar shop very close to me. There is, however, a smoke shop that carries a surprisingly good selection of pipes and tobacco. I do purchase there occasionally, but have a hard time justifying spending double the price per ounce plus tax vs. online prices, especially at a location that makes it’s living on cigs. I understand it’s a bit a rock and hard place for B&M’s, though. They have to price it that way and if we don’t buy it, they’ll disappear. Very sad.
I have noticed that when I go to the smoke shop, I do get interest about the hobby. So I try to go sometimes when I want something quick and don’t want to wait and pay for shipping.
I have a couple music suggestions. Little known blues pipers…BB King and Stevie Ray Vaughan both smoked pipes, at least occasionally. Blues seems to have an affinity with pipe smoking. They are both steeped in rich tradition and take their time. I’d also like to hear more Albert King. No offense intended, but, being a big Albert King fan, I wasn’t impressed with the previous selection. It was interesting in an eclectic sort of way though.
Thanks for the show and keep up the great work. Hopefully someday I’ll get the Chicago pipe show and say hi.
Great show as always. The place to go in the Akron OH area is Cousin’s Cigar. Like most B&Ms they cater primarily to cigar folks but if that pays the bills and keeps them in business so be it. They have a great selection of pipes, tobacco and all the related goodies. I stopped there last night to stock up on a few things before hitting the golf course and purchased a clip designed to hold a cigar on a golf cart. It worked great for my pipe—I think they’re missing a marketing opportunity.
Another interesting and entertaining show! There isn’t much for B&M’s in Canada; definitely none that you can smoke in! I try to hit the states once or twice a year for shopping and relaxation. About 2 years ago I stumbled on DAD’s Cigar Parlor & Tobacco Shop (http://www.dadssmokeshop.com/) in Biddeford, Maine and met Dan (the Friendly Tobacconist). He has a good selection of bulk tobacco, some tins and pipes. Dan has been extremely helpful and I encourage anyone in the area to drop by his shop.