Too often tobacco shops are geared toward folks just looking to pick up a pack of Marlboros or a crappy glass pipe—not a place true fans of America's carcinogen would be seen frequenting. The Golden Leaf, on the other hand, offers a champagne smoke-shop experience. Purchases are made on a solid bar-style wooden counter lined with big glass jars containing Golden Leaf's pipe tobacco blends. A roomy humidor lets you browse hundreds of cigars at your leisure. Large, comfy leather chairs and plenty of ashtrays mean there's no need to hurry on after you've made your selection. Glass cases hold an astonishing array of pipes, short and stubby or long and curvaceous, hewn from corncob, briarwood, meerschaum, and more. The sales folk will gladly lecture you on the properties of this cigar or that, help you pick out a great pipe on a budget, or give you tips on rolling your own cigarettes. Oh, and if you really want them to, they'll even sell you a pack of cowboy sticks.