Looking at the streets, sidewalks, gutters, alleyways, and ashtrays around the village, cigarette smoking is still popular in OB. Just take a look in front at any open restaurant, bar, or other venue in town and you’ll see a host of smokers puffing away. When I inquiring as to how they afford their cigarettes which averaging $5 per pack the majority shared that they simply shell out the $$$. A few replied they choose to go without and a host of others simply ask others for them.
Well, smokers, here’s some good news for you and your wallet; a safe haven for smokers has arrived in OB. It’s a shop where smokers are welcome, wanted, and appreciated. Bad Habit is its name and “rollin your own” is its game.
On my first visit, I was greeted by the owner Nina and her staff of one. From the time I walked in through the door (after getting over the shock of the dark mustard colored walls) I felt welcomed and my business was appreciated. While building regulations prevent anyone from smoking inside the shop, the alley is mere steps away where one can light up to try the various tobaccos offered before making a purchase.
I was asked about any tobacco preference I had (light, regular, menthol), offered a choice of regular or mint tubes, taught how to operate one of five personal electronic rolling machine, and wha-la! My personal pack of cigarette was rolled and ready in under two minutes. As a first time customer with coupon, I rolled my own pack of cigarettes for $2. While there was a learning curve on the rolling machine, they offered hands-on assistance during the entire process.
On my second visit, I chose to purchase a carton. I like my cigarettes packed tightly and this would cause the machine to jam on occasion, but Pat was right there to show me how to clear the machine with the touch of a button. He even replaced the tubes that didn’t roll correctly. There are still some challenges with the high humidity in the air effecting the tobacco, but they are trying various solutions to fix this. After rolling the entire carton, only about 4% of the tubes needed to be replaced.
Bad Habit indeed. For all the places smokers are not welcomed, this is the place for those that smoke and prefer to roll their own tubed cigarettes at a fraction of the cost. If you choose to smoke, I’m certain you’ll like this Bad Habit.
4967 Newport Ave, suite 13
(same breezeway as Your Mama’s Mug)
Store hours: Tues-Sat 10-6
Packs: $2.79. Cartons: $23.97.
Watch for their Grand Opening coming soon!