Best of Boston

2004 Best Smoke Shop

L. J. Peretti Co.

This shockingly well-stocked tobacconist is less smoke shop than historic landmark. Family operated since 1870, it’s been at its Park Square location since 1938, when customers including Bing Crosby and Prime Minister Ramsey McDonald bought their tobacco here. The store hasn’t changed much since then, and, with its Old World clutter, it’s a treasure haven from both modernity and draconian new smoking bans. In addition to a voluminous arsenal of cigars, the Peretti family sells humidors, house-blended pipe tobacco, and hand-carved pipes.

2 1/2 Park Square, Boston, 617-482-0218,