Store Blog - Smokin Js

Art Prize 2017

For the 3rd year in a row, Smokin Js is hosting artists for ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Mi.  ArtPrize is the world’s largest art competition and spans around 3 square miles in downto ...
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By Keesy
  10/04/2017 at 16:24 pm

Vancouver August 2017

  The only rain and clouds of the summer came the day of the Smokin Js sidewalk sale and art show!  But positive vibes and great artists drove the clouds away for a beautiful day at Smokin Js.   Live Music!  Yes, the sidewalk sale and art s ...
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By PNWSherpa
  08/29/2017 at 17:22 pm

Grand Rapids First Friday July 2017

Each month the Grand Rapids location hosts a featured artist to show their art for the Avenue Of The Arts’ First Friday event.  We are extremely happy to be a part of the local art community and to be able to show off some glass art while experiencing many different forms for ourselves.  The Avenue of the A ...
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By Keesy
  07/11/2017 at 19:30 pm

Vancouver Art Show #3

We were really able to out due ourselves with the June 30th artshow. With 8 artist and a reappearance of our fantastic musical guests Meat Creature, it was definitely a night to remember.   Id like to take a special moment to thank everyone who came out to the show ,and individually list out or line-up of fantastic artists from the night. - ...
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By PNWSherpa
  07/11/2017 at 00:00 am

Smokin J's Herbal Vaporizer

Do you enjoy smoking herb, or use it for medicinal benefits? Are you curious if there is a healthier way to smoke, without worrying about your lung health? Well, I have good news! You may have already heard about Herbal Vaporizers, and how great they are for your health. If you haven't, you're about to hear some good stuff! For example; Did you know that when us ...
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By Jessie
  06/20/2017 at 15:54 pm

Grand Rapids First Friday June 2017

Each month the Grand Rapids location hosts a featured artist to show their art for the Avenue Of The Arts’ First Friday event.  We are extremely happy to be a part of the local art community and to be able to show off some glass art while experiencing many different forms for ourselves.  The Avenue of the A ...
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By Keesy
  06/19/2017 at 23:03 pm

Vancouver Art Show #2:

From left to right Dimitira, Sherpa, 2Front, KristaDaggerMouth Round 2 has been completed without a hitch! On the the 14th of April Smokin Js Van ...
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By SherpaNW
  04/26/2017 at 23:25 pm

My 420 Playlist

This is not a list! This is not click bait! This is my personal playlist from 4/20 2017. These songs and notes came organically to me today on this blessed holiday. 4/20 has become a grand event. A time to celebrate cannabis. We are in a time of tr ...
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By Jay
  04/20/2017 at 16:20 pm

Grand Rapids Art Downtown 2017

Art Downtown is a multi gallery art show that encompases a majority of downtown Grand Rapids.  The Avenue For The Arts sponsors this "Artists Take Over" event each year at the beginning of spring.  Over 30 locations hosted over 400 artists and 3 trolleys were available to ride from location to location. &nbs ...
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By Keesy
  04/10/2017 at 21:56 pm

420 Smoke Spot Photo Contest

The Smokin Js smoke spot photo contest is one of our most popular promotions.  Created over a year ago based on the hash tag ...
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By Jay
  03/24/2017 at 22:36 pm

420 Raffle 2017

Smokin Js has teamed up with the Realm of Caring non profit to create our annual 420 FREE charity raffle. Smokin Js is giving away $1,000 in amazing glass and Smokin Js swag. There will be 10 lucky winners announced on April 25t ...
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By Keesy
  03/23/2017 at 15:50 pm

Cannabis Culture is about Community

What’s going on in the digital world today!?! From fake news to social media robots, it seems companies have promoted statistics over substance. As if tricking people into a click is a worthy art. As if any commerce of substance can be earned through this tactic. This digital tactic finds its way into every industry, even the pipe industry. ...
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By Jay Fratt
  03/12/2017 at 16:01 pm

Grand Rapids First Friday March 2017

Each month the Grand Rapids location hosts a featured artist to show their art for the Avenue Of The Arts’ First Friday event.  We are extremely happy to be a part of the local art community and to be able to show off some glass art while experiencing many different forms for ourselves.  The Avenue of the Arts h ...
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By Keesy
  03/10/2017 at 20:18 pm

Smokin Js Art Show Vancouver

On Friday February 24th, the Vancouver Smokin Js location hosted its first art show! The art show featured five artists and one musician. The art show was coordinated by Smokin Js own resident artist, Aaron aka Sherpa NW. The event was a fantastic success. All involved had a great time with fellow community members celebrating individual thought and culture. Ove ...
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  02/28/2017 at 16:20 pm

Waterpipe Slide Sizing Guide

We get asked a lot of questions on the web hotline, but the absolute hardest one to answer is - what size slide do I need for my waterpipe?. There are quite a handful of sizes available and they are similar enough that it is hard to tell from just a picture. There are also different styles available that help compound the difficulties of finding the size. We have develo ...
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By Keesy
  01/06/2017 at 23:28 pm

2016 Annual Ugly Sweater Party

We had a great time with the third annual Ugly Sweater Party. Thank you to all the great people who joined the fun and merriment to celebrate the Holiday Season. The entire Smokin Js crew, and a bunch of customers, donned their ugliest sweater to celebrate the holidays and bring awareness to the Realm of Caring national cannabi ...
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By Jay
  12/27/2016 at 18:21 pm

Spookiest Smoke Spots

It is that time of the year when Boo is the cheer! All Hallows Eve is creeping up on us and we want to see your spookiest smoke spots. Can't think of one? Well here is Smokin Js list of Spookiest Smoke Spots. Prepare to have the smoke s ...
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By XY
  10/24/2016 at 18:14 pm

Back to School Campus Smoke Spots

As we move into the beautiful season of Autumn we look forward to going back to school, football tailgates and college parties. But, here at Smokin Js we look forward to new scenic spots to smoke! Where is your favorite place to smoke as the colors change? On campus? Off? Here is our list of fun, adventurous and maybe a bit daring places to toke it up during your first ...
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  08/15/2016 at 21:14 pm

710 Raffle & Charity Donation Drive

Smokin Js and Realm of Caring teamed up again! We created the 710 Free Charity Raffle with five total prizes and lots of fun. $710 in glass and prizes were given away to five lucky winners. The raffle was kicked off on the Summer Solstice. As with every Smokin Js raffle, all you have to be is at least 18 years of age and it is free to enter. In conjunction with the free ...
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  08/09/2016 at 21:14 pm

Sun & Fun

  Break out the hammock, hit the trails, and ride the waves as Summer has come! Whether you're an inlander or an islander, summer is a time of high tides and good vibes. Most importantly it widens our range of places to enjoy our earthly ...
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  06/27/2016 at 20:21 pm

710 Charity Raffle 2016

Smokin Js has teamed up with the Realm of Caring non profit to create our annual 710 FREE charity raffle. Smokin Js is giving away 5 amazing prizes and Smokin Js swag. There will be 5 lucky winners announced on July 15th, 2016. In conjunction wit ...
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  06/21/2016 at 20:49 pm

Summer Solstice

  The Summer Solstice is coming quickly. Most people know and recognize that this is the official first day of Summer, as well as the longest day of sun light in the sky, or the day when the Sun is at its Northernmost point in the sky, but it represents much more than that and is celebrated worldwide each year. ...
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  06/17/2016 at 20:50 pm

Wild & Risky

Whether you're 18 or 81 when the season of Spring breaks we have a reason to let loose, take a vacation and shake it up a bit after being cooped up all winter long. What does Spring mean for you? Maybe you're the type to play all day and party all night, the energetic spirit who is always down to conquering new adventures. Or, maybe doing something wild and risk ...
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  06/13/2016 at 20:38 pm

420 Raffle Update

The 4/20 sale event has come and gone. We are proud to announce that we exceeded our goal of raising $1,000 for the Realm of Caring. During the Smokin Js 20 day donation drive our customers donated a whopping $1,415 to the Realm of Caring! Thank you to eve ...
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  05/04/2016 at 20:51 pm

Under Pressure: Flying with an Electronic Cigarette

I recently made a 7 day string of cigarette free living. On the eighth day I met another man my age on a 6 month string. We can do it! We can break the connection of carcinogens and nicotine. In that spirit I wanted to take the time to explain some ...
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  04/10/2016 at 20:57 pm

420 Raffle 2016

Smokin Js has teamed up with the Realm of Caring non profit to create our annual 420 FREE charity raffle. Smokin Js is giving away $1,000 in amazing glass and Smokin Js swag. There will be 5 lucky winners announced on April 30th, 2016. In c ...
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  04/02/2016 at 20:52 pm

Stoner Trivia Part 3

Are you ready for another round of Stoner Trivia? Find the answers after the break. What member of the Sex Pistols said “Pot is not drugs, pot is for drop outs. Only hippies like pot.”? What is the name ...
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  03/01/2016 at 21:17 pm

The History of Incense

  Humans have enjoyed burning incense for centuries, whether it be in a relaxing home atmosphere or as part of a ritual of worship. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and Babylonians were all avid users of incense, but the concept of ...
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  02/22/2016 at 20:52 pm

Romantic Smoke Spots

There has been a lot of speculation and many lists made of the top places to get your smoke on. Over the next few months Smokin Js is going to add to your bucket list with a variety of possible places to smoke. Everyone pack it up and go on this journey with us! With Valentine’s day looming, it has all of us at Smokin Js thinking about romance ...
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  02/11/2016 at 20:42 pm

What is “Local Glass” Anyway?

What is local glass anyway? Half cocked, this young glass blower went off, "Smokin Js doesn't support local glass!". This was his introduction to me as I stood in front of him with my badge clearly identifying myself as Jay with Smokin Js. He ...
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  02/08/2016 at 21:22 pm

Get to Know Smokin Js – Sean Wilkening

At Smokin Js we like to say “We are Real People offering Real Quality Products at a Real Value.”. We get caught up constantly working on the Quality and the Value, and we forget to tell you about the ...
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  02/02/2016 at 21:20 pm

Get to Know Smokin Js – Devon Smith

At Smokin Jswe like to say “We are Real People offering Real Quality Products at a Real Value.”. We get caught up constantly working on the Quality and the Value, and we forget to tell you about ...
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  01/19/2016 at 21:21 pm

Stoner Trivia Part 2

Are you ready for another round of Stoner Trivia? Find the answers after the break. What Mid Eastern country is one of the world’s largest producers of hashish? What is the name of the character played by Tommy Chong on the ...
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  01/18/2016 at 21:18 pm

Get to Know Smokin Js – Brian Keesbury

At Smokin Js we like to say “We are Real People offering Real Quality Products at a Real Value.” We get caught up constantly working on the Quality and the Value, and we forget to tell you about the Peop ...
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  01/05/2016 at 21:21 pm

Pipe Tools that will Change your Smoking Life

Since the first stoner made the first pipe, we’ve fought a battle between clean taste and resin build-up. As the years progress we’ve developed a myriad of cleaners, tools, and tips to help us keep our pipes clean. Of all the innovative cre ...
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  12/15/2015 at 20:53 pm

Smokin Js 2015 FREE New Year Raffle

Free Charity Raffle November 27th – December 31st Smokin Js has teamed up with M&M Tech Scientific Glass and Realm of Caringnon profit to create our annual New Year’s free ch ...
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  11/17/2015 at 21:23 pm

Stoner Trivia

Answers at the bottom below the pictures. What Historical American item was first made of Hemp? Whoopi Goldberg admitted that she was high when _________. “That Funny Reefer Man” was a huge ...
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  11/17/2015 at 21:19 pm

A History of Color: The Origins of Tie Dye

Tie dye: Whenever we see it, it is easy to appreciate its intricate beauty. Bright, artistic, colorful patterns offer new levels of creativity to clothing and accessories, and when we see an ornate work of tie dye art, we are taken back to the ’60s, a ...
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  11/14/2015 at 21:39 pm

The Water Puff: A Stoner’s Best Friend

Whether you’ve been smoking for years or are just starting out, I’m sure we can all share a humorous story about our attempts to craft a homemade bong. Torching a thick Allen wrench and melting it through a Gatorade bottle to create a hole fo ...
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  10/26/2015 at 20:54 pm

Dabbing 101 and Choosing a Nail

  Dabs are in again! This time around though their popularity will not waiver. Dabs are here to stay. While the mainstream catches up to the front of the learning curve, more and more people are buying ...
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  10/10/2015 at 20:57 pm

Budd Bay Glass Blower- Ryan Brailey

Ryan Brailey is an expert glass blower from Washington State. He and his buddy Wolf, run Budd Bay Glass. Ryan has been blowing glass for 11 years. Ryan first became interested in g ...
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  09/08/2015 at 21:26 pm

Oroville Rock Reggae Jam-Fest

Blog by Gerry “Naturalman” Bigelow One of the best Reggae festivals on the West Coast is held in the small town of Oroville, C ...
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  07/22/2015 at 20:55 pm

The Battleground Throwdown

Blog by Nikko Kamanuwai This year’s Battleground THROWDOWN was the first of its kind at Battleground Skatepark in Washington State. I decided t ...
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  07/04/2015 at 21:45 pm

Getting Stoned with a HealthStone

Whether you’re new to the concentrate world or a seasoned veteran, one thing is easy to agree on: there is an overwhelming array of options available to vaporize your concentrates. There are hundreds of styles of water rigs, different types of butane, dabbe ...
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  06/25/2015 at 20:58 pm

Yocan ULTRON E-nail

I picked up the Yocan ULTRON E-nail after I watched some reviews on it and from what I can see it is a pretty sweet unit. First, I agree with most of the videos that say thi ...
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  06/11/2015 at 21:31 pm

Marijuana Taboo

By now most people who’ll read this blog, already know the history of marijuana’s criminalization. As we move past old racial, cultural, agricultural and financial propaganda taboos, we have the ability to change the public's mind on marij ...
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  06/09/2015 at 21:48 pm

Festival Season is upon us

Festival Season is finally upon us! Are you ready for days of sun, nights of fun and music to sway you through the entire season? Sure you’ve packed your camping gear, your cooler and your external power sources…but what ...
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  05/26/2015 at 21:50 pm

SmokinJs Goes to Ditch S.L.A.P

This year’s 2015 Ditch S.L.A.P skateboarding event took place in its original location, Albuquerque, New Mexico. This year was it’s 9th year running. A couple of run-ins with the law in the past has turned the event into a way to teach people wh ...
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  05/18/2015 at 21:51 pm

Hip & Hemp Baskets

In 2007, I left my job working for the Alaska Department of Fisheries to teach art full-time. I had finally grown tired of all the late hours, remote travel and Alaskan fishing stories, so I decided to follow my dream of teaching art. I found a position wit ...
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  05/07/2015 at 21:52 pm

4/20 Give-A-Way … $250 Recycler Dab Rig

    What what!! Smokin Js is doing it again. Every month we give away a free prize to a lucky member of our email mailing list. We make the prize extra special in April to celebrate 4/20. This year we are giving away a ...
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  04/01/2015 at 21:36 pm

Smokin Js 4/20 Raffle

It’s Free!!! 100% free to join in the annual Smokin Js 4/20 Raffle. We are doing it again. The annual Smokin Js 4/20 Raffle has begun. We have created even more ways to earn a ticket into the raffle, and the free raffle is now availa ...
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  03/31/2015 at 21:38 pm

Marijuana and Skateboarding – Blended Cultures

From the beginning skateboarding and herb have stood side by side. Both subjects come with a bunch of mixed opinions. Since both are considered a nuisance to many, the two naturally blend well together. These days there are countless successful pro skateboard ...
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  03/13/2015 at 21:53 pm

Smoke Spot Give-A-Way

  Smokin Js is doing it again! We love to give away free swag. For years we have given away free swag every month to a ...
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  03/07/2015 at 20:45 pm

Centralia Flood of 2015

A good friend of mine once listened to me complain about business, and he said, “That’s the risk of entrepreneurialism.” I took that to heart, and always kept that in mind whenever complaining about my business. For the first time in 18 ...
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  01/07/2015 at 21:43 pm

Christmas Charity Glass Heady Raffle

Every New Year, Smokin Js has a big drawing for tons of prizes and heady glass. The intent of the give-a-way is to allow a customer to win a heady pipe they would never buy, at a fraction of the price. We have been performing the special prize drawing for over 1 ...
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  12/02/2014 at 21:38 pm

Why Glass Pipes Will Never Go Out of Style

  Since glass blowing was first introduced into the world centuries ago, the quality, function and beautiful art form has evolved incredibly. Creating a whole underground culture of artists and lovers of the art. In turn making hand blown glass pipes t ...
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  11/15/2014 at 21:54 pm

The Click N Hit Self Lighting Pipe

  You can smoke it in a house. You can smoke it with a mouse. You can smoke it in a box. You can smoke it with a fox. You can smoke it here, or there. You can smoke it anywhere! The ...
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  11/06/2014 at 21:55 pm

5 Stoner Essentials for Your Smokin Lifestyle

Written by the Smokin Js crew. The Stoner Essentials! Every stoner has his or her own tool box of stoner gear. Big or small, chances are you got a little set up at home where you keep all your stoner tools. We at Smokin Js come to work to inform and recommend to you the best of the smoking gear that’s available. Today we’re talking about the 5 best a ...
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  10/17/2014 at 21:56 pm

How to Choose the Right Glass Pipe

  “Making the big decisions… How to choose the right glass pipe.” If you are shopping with Smokin Js, we can help! No commission, or b.s. mark-ups/overheads, ensures ...
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  06/21/2014 at 21:59 pm

NW Downhill Season 2014 Portland Switchbacks

This was the first of four Switchbacks events of the 2014 NW downhill season. It was an awesome sunny day and perfect for skating. There were 83 people racing for gold on Sunday but all in good fun. This race is a slow ...
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  06/20/2014 at 21:59 pm

A Smokin Lifestyle Requires Loved Pets

Smokin Js is a family orientated company. We treat each other and our customers with the same respect as anyone else. The customer that comes in with no money, but wants to learn about a product we sell, is just as valuable and no different than us, when we& ...
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  05/26/2014 at 22:03 pm

MaryHill FreeRide

  Smokin Js is always looking for fun and interesting events for our Street Team. We’ve sent our Street Team crew to all kind of motorsports events, concerts, flame offs, and even Cannabis Cups. This week we sent our own Nikko Kamanuwai to a long boarding freeride event at the Mary Hill Museum in Washington State organized by the Maryhill Ratz. ...
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  04/30/2014 at 22:04 pm

The Real Story Behind 4:20

  Over the years, many theories have come up. Some people will tell you that it’s the police code for ‘marijuana smoking in progress’, which as logical as it seems, is false. Some people believe that it stands for the number ...
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  04/19/2014 at 22:05 pm

It’s All About the Pipe Tools

At Smokin Js, we don’t foucs on super expensive hand blown glass. Our goal is to seek out HIGH quality American glass and a great value to consumers. Where we excel is with all the different smoking related products and accessories that enhance every smo ...
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  02/12/2014 at 22:07 pm

Reggae Night to Remember

  Collie Buddz, Rebelution, and Zion I could not have been more excited when my good friend informed me that Rebelution, Collie Buddz, and Zion I would be playing in Eugene August 16th! We of course instantly agreed to bu ...
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  09/12/2013 at 22:07 pm

Smokin Js at Seattle Hempfest 2013

    Seattle Hempfest is the largest annual cannabis law reform event where cannabis enthusiasts of all kinds gather to educate the public of the many products and bene ...
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  08/22/2013 at 22:08 pm

Marijuana Legalization in Washington State Update

After squeezing through the midsummer madness at your local super market you almost have everything you need to try making your very first batch of cannabis cookies. Flour, eggs, sugar—Check.  Chocolate chips and vanilla extract—D ...
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  08/05/2013 at 22:09 pm

Smokin Js Photo Scavenger Hunt

Gather your friends! Create your team! It’s time to compete in the first annual Smokin Js photo scavenger hunt! Smokin Js is awarding cash prizes for the winners, and guaranteed fun for all the losers. HOW? It’s simple, it&rsqu ...
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  06/30/2013 at 20:46 pm

2013 Degenerate Flame Off

  Smokin Js invaded the 5th Annual Degenerate Flame Off in Eugene, Or. We sent our own Megan “Mega” Mac to cover the event. Anyone can appreciate a piece of art. You find a whole new respect for the piece and the artist when y ...
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  06/16/2013 at 22:10 pm

Ariel is a Glass Hound

  HIGH everyone! Ariel here. This morning I woke up with a ‘halfbaked’ idea! Every day as I get ready for work, and take one last longing glance at my glass. I wish I could bring al ...
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  05/14/2013 at 22:12 pm

Summer Style

Here comes the sun! Time for shorts, tank tops, and the outdoors. You might think you’re ready, but there’s a few things tha ...
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  05/05/2013 at 21:41 pm

Smokin Js Invaded Seattle for 4/20

Smokin Js invaded Seattle for 4/20 this year. The universe aligned in a magic way for one of our employees, Josh.  He is a big Supercross fan, and it just so happened that 4/20 was the date for the Seattle Supercross! So we stuff Josh with a ...
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  04/25/2013 at 22:13 pm

Smokin Js 4/20 Free Give-A-Way

420 Custom Bowl FREE We are doing it again! Every month Smokin Js gives away free product to a lucky member of our email mailing list. We are going to send out a special mailer on 4/2 ...
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  03/22/2013 at 22:15 pm

Featured Blower – Scomo Moanet

  As an organization Smokin Js takes pride in supporting local glass blowers. But we don’t stop there; we require our glass blowers not just to be great artists, but good citize ...
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  03/01/2013 at 22:15 pm

Slightly Stoopid @ Crystal Ballroom

Recently Slightly Stoopid visited Portland, Oregon and headlined at the Crystal Ballroom. Being a Slightly Stoopid fan is a prerequisite for employment at Smokin Js! We had to be there. Josh and Megan were sent to represent Smokin Js, hand out ...
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  01/30/2013 at 22:16 pm

Christmas Ugly Sweater Day

MERRY CHRISTMAS 2012 Smokin Jshas been in business for 15 years. We have many traditions and timely specials, but we always try to look for new things to have fun and promote our friendly staff. Megan ‘Tha Cheese Barron’ Mac inspired a new traditon recently at Smokin Js. We have started our a ...
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  12/25/2012 at 22:17 pm

Raw Display Contest & Free Prize

Did you know that Smokin Js gives away a free prize every month to a member of our email list? We draw a random person from a list of subscribers that open our monthly email. Totally free, no strings attached! This month we have an ulterior moti ...
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  10/18/2012 at 22:20 pm

Featured Artist – Scott Sherrell

Smokin Js has been in business for 14 years. In that time I have always tried to feature and promote local artists that not only offer quality products, but also are quality individuals. I believe very much in the karma of a hand blown glass pipe. I think that customers want the very best glass from the very best ...
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  04/30/2012 at 22:23 pm

4/20 Drawing Details

It’s that time of the year again. Smokin Js does two raffles per year, once at 4/20 and New Years. We are very excited about our grand prize for the 4/20 raffle.It is a Blaze1 Heady custom water pipe. The water pipe has lay ...
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  03/27/2012 at 22:24 pm

Heady Bubbler New Year Give-a-Way

WE HAVE A WINNER !! On January 3rd 2012, Brad of Vancouver, Wa was selected in our New Year $420 Custom Bubbler Give-A-Way. We will be giving away free product every month to a randomly selected member of the Smokin Js email mailing list. Selected winners will be emailed, and they must respond within 72 hours before another winner will b ...
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  11/23/2011 at 22:29 pm

Ins and Outs of Hookah Charcoals:

Have you just bought a Hookah? Not sure what coals are the best to use? Or are you an avid smoker that’s just looking for the best charcoal options? You’ve certainly come to the right place! Smokin Js was the first pipe & Tobacco store in SW Washington to carry hookahs and hookah accessories. Buying charcoa ...
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  08/18/2011 at 22:34 pm

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