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Take a step back to the forbidden

There’s a lovely little tobacco shop Leavitt & Peirce in Harvard that makes you feel like you’re stepping back in time to a forbidden part of history.  It reminds me of an old speakeasy, and considering the place has been around since 1883, it probably served as one at some point.  I love places that feel like they are stuck in time, yet at the same time have  modern conveniences (i.e. they accept credit card and you don’t have to tie your horse up outside, though you are more likely to find a spot for your horse than an available parking spot.)

Now before you quit reading this because you don’t smoke, let me assure you this shop has much more to offer than simply nice tobacco blends, of which there are plenty.   This place takes on the feel of European and old world stores and is much like the tobacco shops that once were, providing all sorts of amenities such as shaving tools, games, candies, knick knacks etc.   In Spain, the tobacco stores continue to sell stamps.

Surprisingly, I’ve been to this shop quite of number of times the past few months.  I don’t often find myself in need of this type of shop, however, I’ve found that cigars make lovely stocking stuffers and baby shower favors for the men who are forced to attend and aren’t really excited by the notion of baggies of lotion and candles.   For those who are like me and can’t tell which end of the cigar you actually light, the employees here are very friendly and eager to help you pick out the right cigar.  Actually, it was my delight with the staff that prompted me to blog about the store.  Knowledgeable, helpful, listen well, and don’t mind if you haven’t the slightest clue as to what you’re doing.  Answer a few simple questions and they’ll have the right cigar or tobacco picked out for you.

Not in need of tobacco products?  Check them out for barber style shaving tools and quality razors or some classic board and childrens’ games (marbles anyone?).  Or possibly you need to pick up some souvenirs from your visit here or maybe some knick knacks for stockings.  It’s a great place to check out, if anything to see a place as historic as the city itself.

Leavitt & Peirce, 1316 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
Directions to Leavitt & Pierce from Hotel Veritas (0.2 miles)

Posted by Annie, Concierge at Hotel Veritas

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