Palo Alto; murder;Da Hookah Spot drama

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2010 by Abraham Appel

The article came out  five days before the arrest of Palo Alto’s, Da Hookah Spot owner, Paul Zumot. Da Hookah Spot was becoming a place to be.

da hookah spot photo from sf gate.com

Today the press follows  “Da Hookah Spot saga.” Murder charges on the past owner Bulos “Paul” Zumot, and the candlelight vigil greeting the new owner of Da Hookah Spot against the past owner of Da Hookah Spot.

Meanwhile; Department of Justice tests have begun to challenge the police’s first assertions that Mr. Zumot  (The hookah spots previous owner) doused his girlfriend, Jennifer Schipsi with gasoline before setting their apartment on fire. Causing  both sides to start digging in their heels. Those who feel their friend and Hookah bar owner could never do this murder might now be as convinced that he’s innocent, as the victim’s family is sure he’s guilty.

People at first thought she had died in the fire with no foul play.

But police, citing the history of restraining orders against Mr Zumot, and the police claiming that it appeared that Ms. Schipsi had been strangled, arrested Mr. Zumot 4 days after the apartment fire.

That was the beginning of what appears to be a story twisting  stranger, deeper and more painful for everyone involved.

picture of vigil published in the mercury news.

It is hard to imagine how Da Hookah Spot is going to survive the reporters walking in and candlelight vigils outside.

And this just in: The case is being moved form the Palo Alto court-house because of shouting matches and security concerns between supporters of Mr Zumot and supporters of the deceased.

Canton OH hookah bar closed.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2010 by Abraham Appel

Over  the weekend police in Cleveland closed down  Helios Shisha Lounge.

According to police quoted in Cleveland news sites, the Hookah bar owners were allowing kids into the Hookah bar.

“About six months ago, we started getting complaints from parents that their kids were coming to Canton to this hookah lounge to smoke this tobacco,” Police Lt. James Cole told Malcolm Hall of Canton Rep.com. “We did surveillance on it a couple times.” And on saturday police raided the Smoking lounge.


According to Canton Rep.com the police found  150 people in a Hookah bar that is allowed a maximum capacity of 47 and sales to children under 18. It is not clear if the sales are assumed because the kids under 18 were in the bar.

“What we found were between 150 to 160 people, (inside the smoking lounge)Police Lt. James Cole said told reporter Malcolm Hall.

“Probably 40 percent of the patrons in there were juveniles, ” Cole is quoted  as saying. “We closed it down. The youngest, I believe, was 15. I didn’t cite the kids. I took all their names and they will be used as witnesses,” Cole told the Canton Rep.com.

According to the Myspace page the owners may have thought they were complying with Law,  because they warn that you must be 18 and over to purchase Tobacco products. But the law seems to be like a liquor bar where you must be 21 and over to enter. It remains to be seen if this becomes a defense that Helios Shisha Lounge takes up.


Hookah business. remember to listen to the tone of debate

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2010 by Abraham Appel

Ed Hardy Hookah clearly spent a lot of energy reaching out in honesty to clear up some false rumors about Our hookah’s. We were sincere and we mentioned how frustrating the anger and drama was in the Hookah business as we are attacked by agents of different Hookah companies that don’t care about hookah, or smoking but only about continuing a perception that enhances their profits at the expense of the Hookah customers.

But we thought we had it pretty cleared up until baffled by comments that ignored the conversation completely. People who ignored everything all of us had said and just repeated the rumors “maybe if ed hardy didnt make shitty hookahs you wouldnt have a problem selling them. i have a km, well worth the money now some ed hardy poser chinese knockoff shit not worth it”

Now Ed hardy hookah is not insecure. We smoke out of a KM also. But we Know we have made a great hookah. But we know that there are many different types of hookahs and you may not like ours for some reason. A friend of mine simply thinks its to big for her house. We’re working on making a smaller one. cause thats what good business does.

But to say that were having trouble selling Ed hardy Hookah and then saying we sell shit. Well, if you knew anything about Ed hardy hookah you would know these are hookahs to be very proud of, and you would know we have no trouble selling them.

Ed hardy Hookah thinks that customers are being cheated by comments like these on hookah forums across the internet. We don’t want to add to the confusion be being disingenuous but instead approach hookah smokers with respect and honesty. And those of you lying about its quality; well we hope people remember what they bought from you and know how truthful you are after they smoke an Ed hardy.

response to overstatements

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 18, 2010 by Abraham Appel

When I started at Ed Hardy Hookah I made a commitment to be honest, fair and to appreciate hookah culture even over the Ed hardy brand. The reason this is so important to me is because Hookah companies and their bosses today spend so much time rejecting each-other they ruin Hookah culture for the readers.

I don’t want Ed Hardy Hookah to ever be seen or act as the scared, half truth telling company that I know many other Hookah and Tobacco companies are. So many Hookah Tobacco companies act like scared and weak people forever afraid that someone will buy another tobacco or hookah. or go to another hookah bar. We need to change hookahs companies to be about the Hookah culture and its patron, not the hookah Tobacco company.

proud of our Ed hardy Hookah's

This  afraid and defensive personality permeates Hookah lounges and Hookah companies and Tobacco shops across our industry. It’s why hookah forums and the hookah community can get so twisted. It’s why so many customers never fully appreciate Hookah culture. The customer is treated like they have to be loyal to us instead of us being loyal to the customer.

Ed hardy Hookah site being revamped call to order your hookahs

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2010 by Abraham Appel

We should have told you in advance but we’re revamping the Ed hardy Hookah Website. We took the whole thing off line to fix it. To order your hookahs Just call 1 310 503 1205 and treat this Blog as the website for the time being. We also have our face book and myspace groups up.

Ed hardy Hookah believes in communication and connecting with our friends who smoke with us. We know that Hookah companies today expect customers to line up and appreciate us. But at Ed hardy hookah we aim to create a partnership of one tribe partaking in the sacred smoke. Together. equal.

Ed hardy Rumors only prove need for better Hookah

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2010 by Abraham Appel

The rumors of Ed Hardy Hookah costing 600 dollars, or being made of cheap chinese crap, or having a plastic ash tray (when it is in fact made of glass) are rumors that were surprising because of how counter productive they are to hookah shops and Hookah bars. Other times these rumors were so frustrating because they were  held with some kind of cultural pride.

Ed Hardy Hookah is saying that the whole idea of Hookah’s were to be original, special, personal. And every time we hear these hookah shops spread lies about Ed Hardy Hookah, we know that they say they are protecting Hookah culture because their afraid their loosing control of hookah culture. Afraid of having to think and compete.

If you own a hookah shop, why don’t you want to be a  hookah bar that offers your patrons the quality and choices they deserve? Do you tell your customers about Hookah traditions because you want to snake charm them to buy from you just long enough for you to sell your hookah bar? Is it because you make your living off of selling cheap hookahs and dirty hookahs to customers who believe that this is the hookah tradition?

Doesn’t anyone notice how every hookah bar has the same hookahs and same styles? And no one feels like creating their own hookahs? Their own versions?  styles? flavors? Thats what Ed Hardy hookah does. We aimed for original. Its time for the Hookah customer to think about what the other guys aimed for.

And this guy says ED hardy is 600 dollars?

Posted in Uncategorized on January 14, 2010 by Abraham Appel

Before working at Ed Hardy Hookah I had no idea just how scandalous people were when new hookah products came out.

Ed Hardy Hookahs are expensive. But someone put under a Hookah review that Ed Hardy Hookah’s were 600 dollars. Right now the limited edition Ed Hardy Hookahs are 267 dollars.  Ed Hardy hookahs are Top of the notch hookahs with full customer satisfaction ratings. I don’t’ mind someone feeling that 267 dollars is expensive But why lie and say Ed Hardy is 600?

We know that we made top quality Hookahs decorated with Ed hardy’s own art. We’re not selling cheap hookahs here. We are selling the best Hookahs.

Ed hardy Hookah cannot do anything about those who hate Ed Hardy Hookah so much that they lie about us to not lose customers. Ed hardy hookah can tell you to remember who told you lies about Ed hardy Hookah. Remember them as people you can not get truthful Hookah information from. Because if you ever see an Ed hardy hookah, smoke out of an Ed hardy Hookah you will know that someone lied to you when they spoke bad.