City Smoke Shop opened recently in the third retail spot at the former True Value Hardware Store location, joining Knockout Boxing and the Luxie Nail Spa. The smoke shop offers traditional cigarette, cigar and chewing tobacco along with the more recent smoking innovations including Vape, JUUL and CBD oil. Cannabidiol—CBD—is a cannabis compound touting pain relief, but does not make people feel “stoned.” There are also glass products (bongs, bowls, glasses) for all sorts of smoking products.
The shop does not offer marijuana / pot and has no plans to pursue such a license, according to Nikant 87 Inc. owner Mr. Patel who also owns the City Smoke Shop at 324 Newbury Street. During our recent visit, the manager indicated the shop receives a steady business with a flow of customers at night, perhaps related to the North End’s restaurant schedules.
City Smoke Shop joins the neighborhood retail scene despite opposition from the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC). However, no zoning permit or community review is required as the site is located in a zoning area that specifically allows tobacco product sales, according to North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) Zoning, Licensing & Construction (ZLC) Chair Victor Brogna. Tobacco products at a Local Retail Business is an allowed use in the Salem Street Neighborhood Shopping Subdistrict of the North End Neighborhood Zoning District. Although permits are apparently required from other City departments, such as the City’s Tobacco Control Board, as far as zoning is concerned no special permit is required for a Local Retail Business.