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Old November 9th, 2009, 09:42 AM
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Default Where do you buy shisha locally?

I know that many people buy their supplies online. And I do too, usually. But I live near a few really major metropolitan areas, not to mention two separate college towns. I'm certain that there are local shops selling supplies. Trouble is, I'm really unsure what kind of shops to look in. There's obviously tobacco shops, but they seem to stock the kitchy over-priced underperforming brands. Plus, so far I've had more luck with eclectic shops.

I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas of what kinds of stores to look for that might sell this stuff?

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Old November 9th, 2009, 09:53 AM
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I have a hookah store right next to my local lounge, about a 15 minute drive on a state highway. It's not a tobacco store it's strictly hookah; pipes, hoses, shisha, accessories. Maybe I'm lucky because the store really is perfect and not overpriced like some online vendors. They sell nakhla, SB, AF, Romman, Tangiers.... Etc. Maybe if you have a local lounge you know of, you might find hookah-specific shops around. Just a guess, but that's the case with me. Good luck!
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Old November 9th, 2009, 09:59 AM
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I say go into smoke shops, whenever you see one and see what they have, if you see something you like then use your smarts, if you see nakhla for $15 bucks at a shop and you know you can pick it up for $8 bucks online then tell that to the shop owner and work down to a price you both can agree to. I say if you go over more than you can get if for online then just walk and see if he changes his mind. Sales is an art. And in a transaction someone is always sold, either he sells you his reasoning and justification for his overpriced tobacco, or you sell him offer of a lower price. Just be strong and if you loose walk, don't agree on getting ripped off.

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Old November 9th, 2009, 10:39 AM
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I found a few basics at an Arab grocery store, Nakhla, AF, SB, some coals. Prices there beat all online vendors that I've seen, but the selection is lacking.
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Old November 9th, 2009, 10:50 AM
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I wish I had one of those nearby, not too many arab or for that matter any foreign kind of store around here from a country or people of interest in the nations capital here in Washington DC. Granted I'm sure theres a few but I'm sure there far away and a big rip off because of the slim market.
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Old November 9th, 2009, 11:11 AM
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Damn bogalu I didn't know you were so close lol. I'm up in northern Virginia right next to DC
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Old November 9th, 2009, 11:17 AM
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I hate it here. we have a couple locally owned British Petroleum gas stations that carry Jewels(gross) as well as a couple Mya Qt's. Only other place around here is a porn store called "The Adult Toy Box", never going back in there, no on knew anything, the place was dirty, all they have is Hookah Hookah and starbuzz, and 120$ mya pumkins. Plus I dont need to see a 3 foot d*%& every time I want to buy 7-spice.
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Old November 9th, 2009, 11:17 AM
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Im prolly closer than you think, I'm actually in silver spring. So Northern virginia is only like 10-15 miles away I think. lol
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Old November 9th, 2009, 11:19 AM
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Wow, I feel sorry for you Einherjer. At least you can still buy everything you need online though.
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Im prolly closer than you think, I'm actually in silver spring. So Northern virginia is only like 10-15 miles away I think. lol
Yeah lol. My mom used to work there, I've been there a bunch. That's pretty cool. Lol meetup!
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Old November 9th, 2009, 11:23 AM
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Wow, I feel sorry for you Einherjer. At least you can still buy everything you need online though.
Yep, me and my buddy just got our $150-200 box Thursday, spent most of Friday enjoying it.
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Old November 9th, 2009, 11:32 AM
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Hell ya. lol I got a sick luxury apartment pad cause i got a government job that pays well so we could chill n watch the 50" plasma while smoking the most bad ass KM on this earth! The girlfriend is cool too. Im 20 btw. What about you fresh?
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Old November 9th, 2009, 11:35 AM
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Yep, me and my buddy just got our $150-200 box Thursday, spent most of Friday enjoying it.
Nice bro. Ya its like christmas evertime I buy tobacco at my place. I got about 12 different flavor tangiers that I smoke all the time. I love it.
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what tongs are those they look really nice
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I go to a local market, and then there is a tobacco store in the mall but good lord the prices are terrible. I prefer the market, I can actually talk to someone who knows a decent bit about hookah.
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what tongs are those they look really nice
I call them the tongs of doom, very heavy duty, can't burn yourself with them http://www.**********.com/product.sc...&categoryId=13
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The cigar shop I frequent has been getting more 50g packs in. Mostly crap frankly but the owner has now started stocking AF and more Layalina besides the Jewels he usually keeps on the shelves... I'm happy for the change. He is a cigar smoker exclusively and he and I started talking because of the mutual interest. Through that I was able to prove to him that hookah was not always associated with NHT and he decided to stock hookah products, which he had not done for years because of the stigma. It's nice to meet people open to learning rather than just shutting themselves off to an idea.

That's where I get my local samples if I am bored with the library of flavors I have.

If I want to make some good sized purchases I head into Boston to one of the Arab markets that stock nakhla and other good brands. I pick up a few cheap 250g packs and some good food while there to compliment the flavors. It's about a 30 minute drive for me to get to anything I would call a hookah shop or Arab market sadly.
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Default Re: Where do you buy shisha locally?

I've got a couple of places near me that stock shisha. One is a tobacconist and fine alcohol purveyor. He only stocks Hookah Hookah, Hookah Freak, and Fantasia flavors of shisha though and a few Sahara Smoke products (bowls, hoses, QL's, etc.) Prices are rather high so I only use him when I'm in dire need of restocking a flavor and can't wait for shipping. The other is the local hippie shop that sells cigarettes, jewelry, incense, clothing, posters, etc. etc. They stock 50g packs of Nakhla but selection is VERY limited. They also have a few Sahara Smoke hookahs and some bowls and crap quicklights. Once again I only use these shops when I'm in dire need of a small restock and can't wait, or when I'm in town for a session with friends and I accidently forgot to grab some flavor on the way out the door.
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I only have one place that i know if near me, and they stock A TON of starbuzz, and do custom mixes for you. They also have layalin, AF, fatnasia and the infamous ED hardy. Although, i have yet to see it sell at all. I think they have a couple others, but i dont remember. They sell alot of hookahs, but 95% of them are all over priced chinese crap.

They have a couple KM's but thats about it. Oh i think i saw a MY gelato, or a relly good copy of it. Its a sad day when all you see are Mya copies.. lmao. they have a lot of Mya QT copies.
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Old November 9th, 2009, 12:58 PM
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Ya, theres a hell of a lot of mya qt copies in vegas too. Like every other hookah lounge sells a copy qt. Its terrible. And they sell em for more than an actually mya. Some the sell for 60-100 bucks, whatever they think they can get for em. Pisses me off.
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Try to find a place that sells Mediterranean or Middle Eastern goods, those are usually the best bet for finding shisha. There are a couple Middle-Eastern Restaraunts in my area that have markets attached that sell shisha. You can also usually google hookah + your city and see what comes up
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There are two local shops and a lounge in the town I currently live in for school. Both shops are shit. They dont carry anything worth the time to drive their. The lounge is supposed to be ok, but they dont sell shisha. I have basically resigned to ordering all of my supplies online.
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Try to find a place that sells Mediterranean or Middle Eastern goods, those are usually the best bet for finding shisha. There are a couple Middle-Eastern Restaraunts in my area that have markets attached that sell shisha. You can also usually google hookah + your city and see what comes up
Nah, I'm satisfied purchasing everything I want online. Im so heavily stocked and fortified with tobacco and coals that it'd take me months to smoke it all.
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I order online now.
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I go to a local market, and then there is a tobacco store in the mall but good lord the prices are terrible. I prefer the market, I can actually talk to someone who knows a decent bit about hookah.
I'm in Maryland too. Just outside of Annapolis/DC. What local market do you go to?
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