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A San Fernando Valley institution, Captain Ed's Shoppe has served generations of smokers with the finest glass pipes and other accessories since 1967. With locations in Reseda and Van Nuys, this joint is so beloved that you would be hard-pressed to find anyone in the 818 area code with a penchant for the green stuff who wasn't already a fan. Back in the day, Captain Ed's primo stock was mixed with quirky posters, T-shirts and other oddball items. Now, at the Reseda location, those items are overshadowed by the wide array of smoking accessories — everything from the classic, pocket-sized pipe to Snoop Dogg's line of vape pens. There's also a case filled with high-end glass crafted by artists who turn pipes into ducks, robots and other colorful characters. These sculptural pieces can cost well over $1,000 and are almost too beautiful to use. Next door to the Reseda shop is the associated Heady Gallery, open for exhibitions by the best artists in the scene. Times have changed and pipes are now art, but Captain Ed's hippie spirit remains. Look for the “Make Love, Not War” mural on Reseda Boulevard. —Liz Ohanesian

7011 Reseda Blvd., Reseda, 91335. (818) 996-1222, captainedsshoppe.com.

LA Weekly