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Best Headshop (2012)
Mary Jane’z Novelties
744 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey
In January of 1966, Ron and Jay Thelin opened the Psychedelic Shop on Haight Street in San Francisco. The first ever headshop was flooded with hallucinogenic paraphernalia, mandala-adorned walls, a meditation room and incense-flooded air. These days, you can find a headshop in just about every town, with a focus on smoking apparati (or—for legal purposes—“tobacco water pipes”). Mary Jane’z prides itself as one of the few establishments in northern California peddling the made-in-Germany, glass-blown, 1000ml Hurricane. The concoction boasts a uniquely elaborate filtration system that purifies the experience of every inhalation. A lot’s changed in 40 years.