Your head shop of choice is like Norm choosing Cheers. The relationship was comfortable, simpatico. Norm knew what he needed, and the bar delivered. The same goes for your local head shop. You should feel comfortable, assisted when you need it, and have the products and services that suit your needs, when you need them. Here are the top five things to look for when choosing a head shop.
#5: Price points
When choosing your local head shop, consider price points. You’re always going to need inexpensive devices and accessories. But for gifts, special occasions and holidays, you’re going to want to spend more money. Does the head shop you’re currently going to offer an excellent range of price points? Do they bundle items into specially priced packages? Do they offer upgrades? Consider choosing a head shop that meets your purchasing needs at various stages.
#4: Local and custom pieces
Sometimes I want to buy a unique piece of glass — whether I’m feeling fancy or just want to treat myself, I look for the type of head shop that can deliver unique pieces that support local artists. When deciding on a local head shop, consider one that supports local artisans, and meets your whimsy. That way, when you’re toking up, you can regale your buds with stories of how your dope sherlock pipe came to be.
#3: Customer rewards
If you’re buying smoking accessories or replacing your bong often (if you’re clumsy like me, I have to replace the bowl for my bong at least once a month), it’s always nice if the customer is rewarded for their purchasing loyalty. That being said, look for customer loyalty rewards when choosing a head shop. Whether rewards are based on the dollar amount spent, or a specific type of product purchased, giving a little bonus here and there — could be a freebie, a particular discount or product upgrade — gives me the incentive to come back as a repeat customer.
#2: Informed, helpful, friendly sales staff
A simple smile and acknowledgement can go a long way in today’s business climate. When choosing a head shop, the staff should be willing to answer your questions, provide recommendations based on your smoking preferences, and also know when to let you peruse the merch.
#1: An organized store with the products you like and the products you’re interested in trying
This is an essential feature. On the one hand, you want to be able to know that you’ll find the products you like and need when you need them. On the other hand, you also want to have other options, just in case you’re looking for a change. Thinking of moving from a steamroller to a bong? Are you interested in moving from flower to dabs? It’s always nice to have a mix of the old and the (potential) new.