Ann Arbor’s cannabis culture is, in one millennial’s single-word appraisal, lit. With an abundance of this quality green leafy vegetation, patients and consumers rely on specific shops selling the proper implements to consume it. And while dispensaries sometimes offer glass, there are purveyors whose entire inventory is dedicated to helping you smoke in style. Because there are glass shops for every taste and budget range, the least we could do is guide you to the ones that fit you best:
Bongz & Thongz
119 E Liberty St
Priciest Piece: Laceface – $18,000
Don’t let the name fool you, they stopped selling thongz (with a z) a long time ago. These guys live the glass game. Not only does the shop boast a prime location just a block from Main St., its prime glass selection stacks up surprisingly well against any store East of the Mississippi River. (That’s not hyperbole.) Of course you can grab the standard Chinese-made glass for the low, but do not overlook the cases of high-end glass from renowned American artists. If it’s new and hot, you’ll find it here.
615 1/2 East William St
Priciest Piece: JAG – $10,000
This shop has been in town for 17 years. They have a great curated selection that eschews low-end pieces altogether, favoring quality-made glass and accessories. Check the pieces from both local and nationally recognized artists that will turn heads (and destroy wallets). If you’re ballin’ on a budget, check out their KZOO Glass selection produced in a Kalamazoo hot shop known for making excellent affordable tubes.
213 S State St #7
Priciest Piece: Dave Bell – $600
This is a newer shop, located just above Totoro, that features a diverse collection of artisan glass. The store itself is sleek and low-key, made in the image of a proper gallery and showcases a range of styles that fit any taste or budget. There’s also an affiliated vape showroom a flight of stairs away where high-tech industrial design aficionados to geek out over high-end electronic consumption tools. Check out their Instagram for auctions.
209 E Liberty St
Priciest Piece: HOOBS – $1,500
For beginners easing their way into the smoky world of smoking, Wild Side is everything you would expect in a smoke shop. Most of their glass is generic or branded by some company you’ve never heard of. That being said, if you’re not a super “heady” glass enthusiast, this is a great place to get the essentials and more. Whether you’re a freshman dipping toes into life experiences not required by AP tests or a senior citizen just looking for an arthritis-edge cutter, this place is solid.
Exscape Smoke Shop
607 E William St
Priciest Piece: Mike LEE – $3,800
Seemingly tailored for Google’s more alternative-leaning Ann Arbor employees, Exscape recently moved in next to 42 Degrees as an extension of a national retail brand. Aesthetically, this is the fanciest shop in town; it feels more like stepping into an Apple store than a bong shop. But don’t let the bougie atmosphere intimidate you. The selection is solid and they even feature some Michigan-made glass.
Stairway to Heaven
340 1/2 S State St
Priciest Piece: $300
Opened on September 1, 1987, Stairway has been a staple in town since Nancy Reagan was telling people to “Just say no,” which prompted many people to try new things. Located right on State St. in close proximity to the U of M campus, this is by far the oldest shop in A2. It’s the kind of place Freshman go to outfit a South Quad dorm room. While their selection isn’t huge or particularly high-end, it’s enough to get you by. You’ll definitely walk out smelling like a hippy’s basement.