Shire Glass and Fine Tobacco shop takes over the Music Store space

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GREAT BARRINGTON — Downtown glassware aficionados have a new shop nearby.

Shire Glass and Fine Tobacco has moved into the old Music Store space at 87 Railroad St.

"We wanted to give customers more ease of access through parking and location," said Shire owner-operator Matt Meandro.

Shire opened its Great Barrington store in February 2015. It was the first satellite for the Pittsfield location at 395 North St., Meandro said, which has been open since June 2014.

"It's much more easily accessible now," Meandro said.

The location is an improvement from the store's previous location on the north end of downtown by popular restaurant The Prairie Whale. Traffic on that end of town makes crossing the street difficult — and streetside parking is the only kind available. The new store has three dedicated parking spaces for customers and additional spaces in front of the shop.

As important to the business was the urge to move closer to the downtown's bustling commercial district. The new location is tucked away behind the Triplex Cinema parking lot at the intersection of Railroad and Elm streets.

The new shop has more space for more product — and that's important. The stores sell glass pipes and other smoking accessories as well as vaporizers for marijuana and E-nicotine.

"It's mainly a large space upgrade," Meandro said.

Massachusetts voters approved a ballot question in November legalizing the use of recreational marijuana in the state.

"We have a lot more vaporizers now," said Meandro. "It's a healthier way to consume legal cannabis."

The store will stay with pipes and vaporizers, at least until the laws and regulations surrounding legal marijuana are settled.

"Once the application process gets figured out, we'll investigate whether it's feasible [to become a dispensary]," Meandro said.

Shire is staying with the two locations — for now. Meandro said there are no plans for a third location.

But there's no way to tell if that will remain true down the line.

"We have no idea what the future holds," he said.

Reach staff writer Eoin Higgins at 413-496-6236 or @BE_EoinHiggins.


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