The Tobacco Barn has been proudly serving the needs of cigar and pipe smokers since 1929. The Tobacco Barn, along with our CigarTailor private-labelled cigar service, has been serving the online community since 2003.
The Barn's origination dates back to the opening of the Prescription Pipe Shop in downtown Los Angeles in 1929. In 1945 the shop was moved to Huntington Park and became Ted's Pipe Shop in what was then known as the center of luxury shopping in Southern California. The store then moved to Downey in 1967 and finally resting in Lake Forest in the early 70's. In between the move from Downey to Lake Forest, in what was at the time a portion of Orange County that was undergoing the swing from rural to suburban, the name changed, for it's final time to the Tobacco Barn.
In January of 2006, Jim and Norma Allison, the proprietors of the Tobacco Barn since 1964 reached an agreement with the principals of CigarTailor.com, an Internet only business that was formed to sell the highest quality private labelled cigars, allowing them to acquire the store and it's inventory.
Over the next few months, the new owners (Ron McLaughlin, Peter Beiarl, Chad Meisinger, Mike Gibbs and Jeff Duranso) created a sizeable lounge for customers and greatly expanded the inventory of cigars and pipes. All of these changes were made with an eye to keeping the Tobacco Barn's roots the same: A comfortable location to enjoy a cigar or pipe with friends as well as some of the best prices and selection in southern California.
On July 1, 2006, we completed the acquisition of MeerschaumPipes.com (IK Meerschaum Pipes)and PipeShop.com (Lighters Galore Plus), two wildly popular electronic commerce sites specializing in the sales of all types of lighetrs and meerschaum pipes. This has proven to be a natural combination as we've been able to provide a much larger base of products to the combined customers of all three properties. These sales include retail and wholesale accounts as IK Meershaum is one of the largest importers of Meerschaum pipes from Turkey in the US.
On June 26, 2010 the Tobacco Barn celebrated the grand opening of their new 1,400 sq. foot cigar/pipe lounge. This deluxe facility contains not only elegant seating (table and easy chair) for clients but also a shuffleboard table, dart boards, lending library, multiple widescreen TVs and our 14' wide projection TV system for movies and events.