BEST HEAD SHOP Minneapolis 2000 - Know-Name Records
Head shops don't want to be called head shops anymore. "Smoke shop" is the term currently preferred--at least according to the fellow working the counter at the venerable south Minneapolis head shop Know-Name Records. A warning sign posted near the dizzying array of paraphernalia says it all: "These items are intended for herbal smoking mixtures, tobacco or snuff. Any reference to illegal usage will result in refusal of service." The obvious hypocrisy aside, we can't say enough nice things about Know-Name's vast selection, which features apparatus to suit any stoner's taste and budget. There are bongs in every imaginable style, from a super-serious four-foot-long Graffix ($126) to novelty pieces like the ceramic toilet bowl ($26) and evil clown ($54). Know-Name also offers scores of custom-blown glass pipes, along with hookahs, one-hit kits, and brass pipes. Know-Name does sell music--CDs and a modest collection of vinyl--as well as the other usual head-shop accessories and necessities: lava lamps ($299 for the jumbo model) and black-light posters. Now in its 23rd year of operation, Know-Name opened a second store in Dinkytown--at 805 Fourth St. SE; (612) 627-9680--five years ago, but the Portland Avenue shop offers the more extensive product line, for those yearning for a novel way to try out some, um, new herbal smoking mixture.