Renovation of old location of The Hop ice cream shop on Merrimon Avenue will turn building into a smoker’s haven
Construction work is ongoing at the old location of The Hop in the Woolsy Dip along Merrimon Avenue. The renovation promises to turn the old ice cream shop into a smoker’s haven.
Bruce’s Pipe Shop, just up a ways along Merrimon, is moving into the old building. The pipe shop says it will turn the place into a tobacco-lovers retreat.
The pipe shop has been long favored by Asheville’s pipe and cigar smokers. If you’ve ever ventured into the aromatic environs, you’ll find a fine humidor stocked with a dizzying array of stogies. The shop is also well-known for its “liar’s bench,” a place were newbies are asked to sit and tell a tall tale in order to get their picture added to the hundreds of others on its wall. Several members of Asheville’s law enforcement community have frequented the shop for years.
I talked briefly with the pipe shop folks, who told me that with the recent ban on smoking in bars and restaurants, Bruce’s plans to position itself as the last bastion of puffery. There will be a couple of smoking rooms and plenty of smokes to choose from.
Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em.
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