Open Your Own Head Shop

Are you the type of person who loves to invest in strange ventures? Well, why don’t you open your own head shop?

Head shops today are quite controversial and some local groups are against it; still, if you think you can run the shop well and you have enough customers to make a living, this may be a lucrative venture.

What is a Head Shop?

Some people are still not familiar with head shops. The shops specialize in drug paraphernalia which are related to recreational drugs, counterculture art, cannabis, home decor, clothing, music, and magazines. The shop can sell items like bongs, glass pipes, roach clips, vaporizers, pipe screens, rolling machines, rolling papers, balances or scales, whipped cream chargers, incense, black-light responsive posters, and cigarette lighters.

The first head shops started way back in the 1960’s. The shops were located in major cities where there is high concentration of youths. You need to be prepared since the popularity of these shops diminished considerably with the aging generation of baby boomers. Your primary competitors would be stores offering related but eco-friendly products and alternative music.

Legality Issues for Starting Head Shop

If you live in the United States, most head shops are located in legal grey areas. You see, the store can cater to legal and illegal drugs. In some states, some drug paraphernalia are illegal while in others, it’s fine. Still, most shops argue that the drug paraphernalia they sell are legal and are intended for tobacco, herbal highs, and legal substances.

Back in the 80s, there was a nationwide movement to ban all head shops that were located near supermarkets and schools. Concerned parents were the ones who conducted the movement. Because of this, a law was passed to prohibit head shops from selling any kind of paraphernalia to minors in California. The law was able to decrease the shops.

The popularity of head shops improved by the year 2000 with the passage of a law regarding medicinal marijuana; you will also see signs on the shops about the use of the products bought by customers. In the case of online head shops, the customers will need to comply with the very strict disclaimers before they can shop for the items.

Now that you know that head shops are indeed legal, you will need to decide where to hold your place of business. The location is vital and you need to consult the concerned local state or government office. Are you going to rent/lease or purchase the location and building? This is a matter of personal choice and it will depend on your capital investment. Another thing to consider is the supplier of the paraphernalia. Make sure that you purchase from reputable and legal suppliers so that you won’t violate any law. Extra care is needed in this kind of business.

107 Comments

  • lafe said on October 8, 2009
    i need help on starting a head shop!!!
  • John Lynch said on October 18, 2009
    Hi i`m in dublin, ireland and i am looking in to opening a shop soon
  • Ken said on December 14, 2009
    Country looking to open a head shop in lucan in dublin just want to know is there any big laws stopping me residence objecting to it
  • wesley payne said on January 10, 2010
    I live in splendora tx and its my dream to own and run a head shop. are there any legal issues stopping me.
  • jason said on January 12, 2010
    own small shop in midlands ireland want to start up head shop where to go for produce
  • Walter Enquist said on January 15, 2010
    I live in New Orleans, LA. What do i need to do to get my head shop up and running?
  • martin nolan said on March 27, 2010
    looking to open a head shop in north tipperary just wondering what the legal issues are and where to find the suppliers?
  • sam williams said on March 29, 2010
    I'm looking to start a head shop in St. Louis, MO. Can anyone help me find out how much this would all cost, and how i could go about getting the money for something like this.
  • Lina said on April 20, 2010
    I'm looking to open up a head shop in Lumberton, NC (Robeson County) I was wondering what type legality issues would I run into while doing this. I own the place that I want to set up shop in. Can anyone tell me what I need to do? Where and who do i speak with would I need a lawyer?
  • jamie said on April 30, 2010
    I want to open a head shop in springfield township (summit county) I need help starting it up..finding distributors...
  • glyn gallagher said on May 1, 2010
    i'm in ireland wondering how to get in contact with the head shop suppliers if you could let me know please
  • Tommy jetton said on June 12, 2010
    Is there a good step by step plan for opening a head shop. Location somewhere in the ft. Worth Texas area. Thanks
  • crystal gonzales said on June 15, 2010
    i'm trying to open up a head shop in alice, tx any help is appreciated.
  • shelby jamison said on June 16, 2010
    i'm looking to open up a small shop in maui, hawaii. i'm interested in selling bongs, pipes, spice and all the mandatory accessories for buyers. please give me any details or info you may have not only in opening something like this up, but also what the rules and regs may by in maui. any idea on cost and where to go for starters?
  • terrence johnson said on June 29, 2010
    i need some information to open a head shop in Lancaster, Tx USA
  • gerry della said on July 11, 2010
    I live in northern new jersey and i am interested in opening a head shop, 1st. is it legal and do i have to contact my local municipal offices is so what do i ask? any info would be helpful. or direct me to where i can find the laws and regulations for the state of nj. thk you
  • Amanda F said on August 15, 2010
    i live in western pennsylvania and need help opening a lucrative head shop. all the legal requirements.
  • bryan said on August 17, 2010
    Looking to open a head shop in Kansas City MO, Also need connections for inventory. Also considering opening one in Omaha Nebraska
  • jonathan said on August 23, 2010
    somerset, ky. its been a dream of mine to run a business and like the saying goes get in where ya fit in where can i find wholesale distributors for this kind of store and are grants actually available for this kind of thing
  • Melissa said on September 4, 2010
    Robstown Tx 7838 nueces county in united states. Currently there are no head shops here. Is there a reason ?
  • southern maine glass works said on September 13, 2010
    looking for info on starting a head shop in southern maine can you help eliot me 03903
  • Seb said on September 22, 2010
    Want to start a head shop in Orlando fl near ucf. Would like to know the law and permits I need to before going in to this!
  • david kong said on September 27, 2010
    Fresno, california usa. I want to open one up! Show me how!
  • GMaz said on October 14, 2010
    I need to open a store can you please help on what type of licensing I need. Orange county California, G
  • SteveK said on October 21, 2010
    I am opening a head shop in a shopping mall in Western PA, I have pipe inventory but I need to carry other things. I was hoping for some suggestions in reference to decorating and Inventory.
  • Hans Enriquez said on October 27, 2010
    Hello everyone, Lazy Daze Counterculture has franchise opportunities for entrepreneurs interested in owning their own COUNTERCULTURE shop. We have relationships with all the top brands in the united states as well as relationship with importers. We are a trademarked company,operating systems and procedures in place, website in development, national marketing campaign, with 3 locations in San Antonio Texas with plans to expand across the US. email us with your questions. Corp Atty available. GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR ENTREPRENEURS TRUST ME I STARTED THIS RIGHT AFTER COLLEGE. LETS MAKE LAZY DAZE THE "SHARPER IMAGE" OF COUNTERCULTURE INDUSTRY 210 224 4420 OFFICE lazydazesanantonio@hotmail.com
  • Jon said on December 14, 2010
    Headshop Owners. I have the New K2 Sky legal everywhere incense. Not covered by the new ban. I have lab reports for all interested retailers.
  • GERARD CIANDELLA said on December 20, 2010
    I AM INTERESTED IN OPENING A HEAD SHOP IN NEW JERSEY.I NEED TO KNOW THE LEGAL STEPS AND ALL OTHER INFORMATION AS WHERE TO FIND LEGAL WHOLESALE SUPPLIERS OF THE PRODUCTS TO BE SOLD. ANY HELP WOULD BE VALUED. BASICALLY WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW AND WHERE TO GO. THANK YOU
  • dos justin said on January 14, 2011
    alright i'm wanting to open up a head shop but i'm not really concerned about the legal actions i'm just wanting to talk to someone who is running a shop so i can learn more about the experience and kinda get the jist of how to do it i'm only 21 im not wanting to open any time soon but i hopefully in my thirties so if your someone who is interested in helping out hit me up
  • Samer said on January 27, 2011
    Hey I want to open a head shop but as a kiosk in a mall! I live in Greensboro nc and wanted to know if it was legal?
  • HE said on February 2, 2011
    ANYONE interested in opening a shop please direct all inquires to lazydazesanantonio@hotmail.com, franchise opportunities and territories coming soon. Thanks Hans E. CEO/ Dazed Inc.
  • HIGH ZONE said on February 2, 2011
    Starting a smoke shop is not a easy job beside finding right product and right market but if you work properly its a gold mine, i have seen people heading straight to downtown la and buying stuff for the shop and they start but trust me if its this easy everyone would be doing that!! the selection of product is important and the uniqueness in products count beside quality & prices. Most smokers can tell you the difference between a good pipe and a bad pipe check the downtown pipes most ppl would cal it bad :( any way there are rewards for the one who do a good job its the only industry where you get more then 100% margins we are manufacturer and distributor of smoke accessories, glass pipes, bongs etc. but beside that we are also expert to look at your idea/layout and can tell you if you are going fine mail us at info@highzone.biz if you plan to open a smoke shop. apart from the supply & Shop set up we can help you getting the required license & Permit for the smoke shop mail at info@highzone.biz for further info
  • Amanda said on February 20, 2011
    this is for dos justin, my mom and i run our own head shop. and i'm only 20. we are looking to relocate maybe to florida. it really isnt as stressful as it sounds. you meet a lot of great people. anything i can help you with feel free to email me at cusegirl23@gmail.com
  • anthonyleekane beginner adviser said on March 3, 2011
    THIS IS FOR AMANDA you should relocate to south carolina we only have 1 or 2 shops and they suck. if yall own a nice shop you could make a killing plus there are thousands of people who come here for winter,summer,and spring!!!! think about it if any one wants to start a shop in south carolina email me at (tonymo14@yahoo.com) i will help in any way i can including bringing you customers
  • Ryan McManus said on April 7, 2011
    I am looking to open a head shop in either Mifflin or Juniata County, PA. I have a degree in Business Administration, and am confident that this would be a successful business venture. I am concerned about the legalities, and local ordinance and zoning restrictions. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  • derik said on May 9, 2011
    I'm looking to open a shop in Idaho. and cant find the legal info needed. they want to give me the run around. any info on what paperwork i need to file so they cant stop me would be much appreciated. Email is Derik@cableone.net
  • L.Dee said on May 10, 2011
    I own Village Smoke in Atlanta. I am looking for partners to open other locations. Email villagesmokejob@gmail.com if interested.
  • I. Lip said on May 25, 2011
    I own The Purple Zone in Alpine, Texas a very small conservative college town in West Texas and am looking for partners in Texas. I am very familiar with laws pertaining to this business in Texas. Check out our website and contact me if you are interested. www.thepurplezonealpine.com
  • kenneth said on June 6, 2011
    I'm looking to open a head shop in san antonio tx. I need to know what type of licenses I would need, the laws, and a general idea of the finances needed to get started?
  • james said on June 6, 2011
    i'm hoping to open a head shop in south east UK and wondering if having a shop to sell from or from home would be better ? and what is the average start up fees ?
  • Amr Danial said on July 15, 2011
    I am renting a shop in Artesia California with an intent for a smoke shop tobacco shop. I need distributors and help with starting the business before September 2011.I cant access the highzone page or the phone number given before. Thank you
  • responder said on July 28, 2011
    to amr go to the trade shows in vegas age is the best one all american glass prodo and heady. there's also champs both I think are coming up next week you will make all the contacts that you need also if you check out the american glass exposition website they have some numbers listed hope this helps good luck
  • Mike said on August 11, 2011
    I'm mike from Lubbock, Texas and I'm looking to start a smoke shop.. I've been researching about getting started but it hasn't been as helpful as I thought!!! If you could give me any details about Zoning, Licensing, and distributors that would be GREAT!!!! I look forward to hearing from and thanks for your time
  • Jamie said on August 13, 2011
    Washington, PA. Hi, I was just looking for some information on opening my own head shop, can anyone help?? I have had terrible luck finding information. Also, I am going to school for glass blowing, so I was wondering if there would be any legal issues with supplying my own merchandise as far as pipes and bongs and such...
  • Steve said on August 17, 2011
    I live near ephrata pa. There is a good spot for a headshop. Lots of traffic. How much just on supplys do I need to open the shop?
  • donna said on September 27, 2011
    tempe ,az i am wanting to open a head shop. the area is near the asu college is that ok. also who are the distributor for people in the u.s that can be trusted. and response would help
  • Joe said on October 1, 2011
    I own the domain name SmokinSite.com and would really be interested in setting up an online shop of sorts. I dont want to sell directly, but rather be an affiliate or something. If any of you have a shop and would be interested in working out an affiliate program or advertising then email me at jkennedy215@hotmail.com
  • Al said on October 5, 2011
    Lexington KY. Would like info on what business license i would have to get? thanks
  • celia said on October 17, 2011
    i am very interested in opening a smoke shop in strathmore ca, i already own the commercial property that has tons of traffic, i just need some information on where to start, which distributors to contact and how to obtain stock and variety of smoke accessories, Please help with information thank you
  • Kristina Cole said on December 19, 2011
    I am interested in opening a head shop in berryville, ar. But needing to know how to go about it and what all i will need and how much it cost
  • Benjamin Hotelling said on December 27, 2011
    Rio Rancho, Nm 87124 i am now needing a new carer because of a amputation and I want to start a mobile head-shop can this be done?
  • Cecil p said on January 3, 2012
    i'm in Warner Robins GA, i'm wanting to know what business license i have to get and and just a business plain would really help .thanks
  • Dickie Elliott said on January 7, 2012
    I would like to start a head shop out of my house. I live in coulee city washington, 99115. Is this possible and where do i start?
  • Valarie Hartley said on February 29, 2012
    I am interested in opening a head shop in Cave City Kentucky or there about. I need to know what steps to take first besides a business plan. Please give me an idea of what I am going to do first? Location, laws, products? OF COURSE licensing...
  • Lisa said on April 7, 2012
    I am interested in an online business I want it to be legal though. I live in Ontario Canada
  • Chad P said on April 10, 2012
    Looking to open a headshop/smoke lounge ellsworth Maine, also a online sales website can you give me a list of licenses I will need to do so?
  • melanie said on May 12, 2012
    hello looking into opening a head shop in louisville ky, however the location is close to an elementary school, the question is what are the laws and regulations on this issue? not selling spice or products like that. keeping it simple with pipes, bongs, hookahs, wraps, scales etc.
  • Patricia Johnson said on June 1, 2012
    Independence, Missouri, USA or adjoining eastern Kansas City
  • Chikira said on June 6, 2012
    Dallas tx . I have store location. Need info about contacting vendors. Any info that would assist in getting business started off would be helpful.
  • Lynn Fritz said on June 12, 2012
    Looking into opening headshop in Jefferson County, CO.. What special licenses will I need if any...
  • joseph contreras said on June 20, 2012
    amarillo tx hi my name is joseph i'm looking to open up a head shop and i need so help in finding info on all aspects that would help
  • Robert said on June 28, 2012
    I'm in San Antonio Texas do u know if I can open a shop. In my town and another thin I'm GAna put it up next month And the city is building a super market right across the street. Do u think hats GAna be a problem?
  • JoAnn Ashe said on October 7, 2012
    Looking to open head shop in Springfield, MO. Looking to speak with anyone who knows the legalities of the process. Thanks.
  • Rasta Lounge said on October 17, 2012
    San Antonio, TX @Robert... what side of San Antonio?
  • Lisa Darnell said on October 30, 2012
    Hey I am wanting to open a head shop in Charleston sc. Is there anything including the law holding me back from this.
  • BIGG H said on November 11, 2012
    I'm a wholesaler by trade.. And can help in the head shop and stack your shelves Up With glass daily , also I'm looking to open up a head shop maybe in Carolina. If anybody need a partner also let me know.. Email me: onetimeuso@gmail.com thanks for reading. Not just Carolina anywhere I'm looking for a nice location
  • derick berger said on December 27, 2012
    Hello i'm derick looking for a partner to start a head shop in pa. Please contact me for more info thanks 717 756 1272
  • Rae said on January 29, 2013
    Hi me n my husband r interested in opening up a smoke shop I was needing a little information if u could please help me
  • Cesar mangel said on February 8, 2013
    What are the number 1 rules i need to open a starter up head shop? I live in north richland hills, texas my name is cesar thanks
  • Derek said on February 15, 2013
    I am needing to know the laws of opening a head shop in Akron, Ohio. Can I combine an existing tattoo shop and a head shop in the same building? We have a business that is a tattoo shop and want to sell tobacco pipes and assorted other things also. Is this plyable?
  • broderick campbell said on February 21, 2013
    hey i'm trying to open a smoke shop in memphis ,tn. shelby county there are two shops already in memphis. what do i have to do to get going. thanks
  • melissa l said on April 3, 2013
    i want to open one in sarnia and need to know how to go about it and getting everything and costs
  • Anthony H said on April 3, 2013
    I own three Cigarette/Cigar/Smokeshops, in Ca and I am getting ready to franchise them So anyone wanting to open one up pl send me your email add, location add, and phone number and I will contact you, and update you as much info as I can get. It is a fun business and I love every minute of it.
  • Nino Lewis said on April 7, 2013
    i'm looking to start a head shop in lubbock texas. can anyone lace me up with start up cost. is it hard to get a small business loan for this type of business. how do i get cigarettes & etc....
  • Jeremy said on April 8, 2013
    If anyone needs wholesale for this market I have whatever you need or if you need an online head shop website I have a few for sale email me let me know what you need jeremy@smokedoutpipes.com
  • Todd A said on April 28, 2013
    Hi my name is Todd I live in LA but am interested in opening head shop in waskom tx I have a place in mind to rent but I need to know is there any permits or license before I put my money out I have distributors for products I am not looking to sell cigars or cigerttes I just want to sell poperi in scents pipes and papers. can I sell just this stuff without tobacco license I will apply for it when I make some money back I was hoping for some help and info for me if anyone has permit info any info will help my email is advenue7a@yahoo.com or call anytime 3185102256 thanks todd
  • Tarun Aggarwal said on May 5, 2013
    I am Manufacture from INDIA, engaged in to manufacturing of all kind of smoking accessories like Glass and Aluminium Screens, Filter Tips, Glass Bongs, Aluminium Pipes, CNC herb Grinders and Cast Grinders. Please feel free to mail me at tarrun.aggarwal@yahoo.com
  • Brandon and Ellie said on June 19, 2013
    Hello we are on our way to opening our first smoke shop in Aurora CO. Right off of Colfax. We found a location and are forming our strategic business plan. But are curios about getting funding. Any suggestions?
  • Peggy said on July 29, 2013
    Hi, looking to open a shop in a small town in Ohio. Any advice or any store owner willing tonlet me pick there brain plz email me. Thanks
  • golden said on September 2, 2013
    United Kingdom(online) I'm interested in blends and powders in relation to headshops and also with selling the relative scales glassware and other accessories. But me personally am incredibly knowledgeable in the areas such as the chemistry of new compounds, synthesis, lab production/manufacture and distribution. I need a business partner thats willing to invest a very small amount of money and whos interested in this from the marketing end and website end. profits are huge. I have massive contacts in forums and labs. I need help! PLEASE EMAIL goldensboy@mail.com. thanks
  • Johnnie said on October 13, 2013
    Not only am I going to open a head shop I plan on opening an adult store in little ol lufkin Texas however my concern is the little old ladies that have nothing to do in this town but picket businesses like birth control providers how should I handle these bored old ladies free toys?
  • Michael said on November 5, 2013
    I am looking to open a shop shop in Kingsport, TN. Any help with local and state laws and licenses would be great.
  • Andrew beginner adviser said on January 22, 2014
    I own a smoke shop and am willing to help anyone out. email asmith7287@yahoo.com

    asmith7287@yahoo.com || Expert

  • Jade Templeton said on February 5, 2014
    I would like to open smoke shop in south Carolina. Not sure on the best way to get it up and running. Please help! Jade Templeton
  • Lisa Marie said on February 24, 2014
    My sister and I are planning to open a headshop in the cincinnati, ohio area any input or advice that any one has would be greatly appreciated. Anything from recommendes suppliers to laws or tips we should know about. Thank you!! candykisses5472@gmail.com
  • Sybella said on March 15, 2014
    I am an artist/wholesaler for functional glass art. JointForces is out of Asheville, NC and we carry THE biggest names in glass. Call me if you need anything. 828-980-4211. Instagram @sybellajf I am available any time. If you get my voicemail, I promise to call back ASAP.
  • matt said on March 21, 2014
    I'm looking to open a headshop in Carlisle, uk, in the near future, can anybody point me in the direction of a reputable wholesaler where I can start looking at price of item, Email mattlake86@gmail.com Many thanks
  • LISA CURTIS said on March 22, 2014
    i want to open a head shop in las vegas need help they are starting to open up their medical mjs here i need inventory. email me.
  • Nolan west said on April 10, 2014
    My name is nolan west and I live in Cullman Al. Near Birmingham Al. And I would like to open a head shop but don't really know where to start. Any information would help thanks. Email me Nolanwest1018@gmail.com
  • BILLY W... of Illinois beginner adviser said on April 23, 2014
    FIRST OF ALL.. YALL GOING TO NEED TO DO MORE THAN WANT.. GET OFF YOUR REAR END.. GET SOME MONEY TOGETHER.. @10K-15K.. THEN LOCATE A PLACE OF INTEREST IN OPENING A SHOP.. GO GET YOUR ASSUMED NAME CERTIFICATE FROM YOUR COUNTY, APPLY FOR A FEDERAL EIN#, APPLY FOR YOUR STATE BUSINESS LICENSE AND TAX #.. THEN APPLY FOR A BUSINESS LICENSE FOR THE CITY THE SHOP IS LOCATED IN.. HOPEFULLY YOU HAVE ALREADY ESTABLISHED A GOOD RELATION WITH THE MAYOR OR CHIEF OF POLICE.. CAUSE SOME CITIES WILL FROWN UPON SUCH BUSINESS.. BUT AS LONG AS YOU DONT ADVERTISE ILLEGAL USE, DONT DISPLAY ILLEGAL USE, DONT SPEAK OR WRITE ABOUT DIRECTIONS OF ILLEGAL USE, DONT HAVE IT NEAR ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES, DONT HAVE ILLEGAL SUBSTANCE RESIDUE ON ANY ITEM, AND OR DONT PLACE NEAR REFERENCES OF ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES.. OR THE ITEMS DONT HAVE REFERENCES ON THEM.. OR SELL TO ANYONE THAT TALKS ABOUT USING THE ITEMS ILLEGALLY... OR ANYONE UNDER 18 OR WHO LOOKS TO BE PREGNANT.. THEN YOUR NOT ACTUALLY IN POSSESSION OF "DRUG PARAPHERNALIA".. OR IN VIOLATION OF ANY LAWS.. UNLESS YOUR SELLING TOBACCO WITHOUT A LICENSE.. "DUMB".. YOU JUST HAVE TOBACCO PIPES AND ACCESSORIES.. OF COURSE EACH CITY AND STATE LAW IS DIFFERENT.. ALWAYS REMEMBER THE DEA OR FEDS CAN RAID AT ANYTIME.. NEVER OVERSTOCK OR KEEP ALL YOU INVENTORY ON LOCATION.. ALWAYS KEEP ADDITIONAL GOODS STORED ELSEWHERE ENCASE OF A DAY LIKE THAT.. ANYONE THATS BEEN IN BUSINESS, KNOWS WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT.. AND TO ALL YOU GUYS.. I WISH YOU THE BEST.. BUT FOR SOME OF YOU.. TOO DAMN LAZY TO INVESTIGATE WHAT IT TAKES.. OR TO TAKE TIME TO ACTUALLY PUT IN EFFORT TO DO THIS.. YOU DONT DESERVE TO DO IT.. AND OR ARE TOO STUPID TO DO SO.. AND WILL EVENTUALLY FIND YOUR SELF IN ALLOT OF TROUBLE.. CAUSE IF YOU CANT FIGURE OUT NORMAL BUSINESS APPLICATIONS.. THEN YOUR DEF NOT GOING TO FOLLOW THE FINE LINE OF THE LAW.. ALSO.. IF THERE IS ANY OTHER TYPES OF THINGS YOU WOULD PREFER TO SELL AND HAVE A MARKET FOR.. DO THAT INSTEAD.. CAUSE MOST CITIES WILL AND CAN HANG UP YOUR PROCESS FOR @ A YEAR OR MORE.. AND YOU MAY HAVE TO SEEK COUNCIL TO GET THRU THE DISCRIMINATION THAT MOST CITIES UNCONSTITUTIONALLY PUT ON YOU THUS NOT APPROVING YOUR CITY APPLICATION WITHOUT YOU HAVING A GOOD UNDERSTANDING OF THE LAW TO DEBATE.. ALSO REMEMBER.. THAT INVENTORY TAKES TIME TO COLLECT, SHIP IN, AND COST $$$.. BUY LOW.. SELL HIGH.. LOL.. YOU'LL NEED SHELVES, RACKS, CASES, REGISTERS, DESKS, COMPUTERS, AND SOME ACCOUNTING SKILLS.. AND THE LIST GOES ON.. ITS NOT CHEAP.. ITS NOT EASY.. I RECOMMEND OPENING A SPORTS STORE WITH YOUR LOCAL OF FAVORITE TEAM MERCH.. ITS MUCH EASIER FOR FIRST TIME RETAILERS..

    atillazbadboy@gmail.com || Consultant

  • BILLY W... of Illinois beginner adviser said on April 23, 2014
    also, pay attention to your demographic.. if you live in a below middle class area, dont stock high dollar pieces.. if you live in a major city, or middle class or above area, and or near heavily trafficked travel destinations.. you may want to put a few high dollar pieces, but keep a wide array of priced goods.. and most important.. always keep cost in mind.. operation costs are high, and sometime when starting off can get out of control.. do the work yourself.. until you get a routine in place.. and a feel for the income generated before hiring anyone.. also find a location with less than 100sqft.. as it is very costly to stock big spaces and have a good feel of inventory for customers.. try to be unique.. and never put anything in your company name that refers to illegal activities.. i wish you all the best.. this is all stuff i had to learn on my own... no help.. so consider yourself lucky.. its mostly common knowledge.. but from reading some of your questions.. i feel like this will prove very challenging for some.. lmao..

    atillazbadboy@gmail.com || Consultant

  • Wally Jeczen said on April 24, 2014
    I need help finding real wholesale distributors in the Head/Smoke Shop Retail Trade. Looking at buying an existing store and moving it as a start but also exploring a start from ground up. Anyone with a Start-up list of must have items and distributors please send me a price list and catalog with suggestions. My mailing address is "Walt's Glass Smoke Shop", 33002 Whispering Lane, CHesterfield, Michigan 48047.
  • kevin said on July 29, 2014
    call me at 561 577 3204 i am a rep for the 3rd largest wholesaler in the us
  • jay said on August 12, 2014
    Hi i'm from Texas and i'm wondering do you have to have a license to sell pipes and bongs via internet if so does that allow me to sell locally also and where would i get this license or permanent
  • brandon m said on September 23, 2014
    I just need to know the permits I need to establish a head shop in Missouri. I have a place to rent and my business partner and I both blow glass. I have start-up money and inventory ready to go.
  • billy said on December 1, 2014
    yes my name is billy. I've been looking into opening a headshop in tulsa oklahoma. any tips advice or feed back would of great help. I can be reached at dirtyhotrods@gmail.com thank u all for your help
  • Michael Glassman said on March 3, 2015
    I am looking for a partner to open a new smoke shop in Maryland. I have over 18 years experience in the industry, the ability to produce glass pipes. I have some inventory in hand scientific, production and artistic. I am seeking someone willing to match my investment and handle the management side of the business. Interested investors should contact me @ northglassworks@gmail.com. Thank you, Michael Glassman
  • frank hodges said on March 21, 2015
    I'm looking to open a head shop in store and on line. But having trouble finding pipe suppliers
  • Brian Cosey said on April 9, 2015
    Looking to open a Smoke shop in Milwaukee Wi. need to know what permits or license needed. Would like any information would help thanks
  • ashley said on April 28, 2015
    How can I LEGALLY open up a ONLINE head shop. I need detailed instruction from step 1 Please. Located in Arizona.

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