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hookah bars, hookah calm and respecting hookah.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2010 by Abraham Appel

Originally published on Hypnosis tobacco website.

Hookah smoking is  also a spiritual activity. And how you approach your time smoking shisha, and the enviroment you decide to smoke Hookah in may affect how you approach your life. How you feel inside.

The famous quote for Hookah smokers says that cigaret smokers are fast paced and tense while hookah smokers are calmer. But most hookah smokers today are hookah bar smokers. They don’t make their own hookah. how is that different than cigaret smoking?

It was even more recent that hookah bars opened.

And even more recent that Hookah bars took on the loud music, over TV’s playing, with the expensive prices fast food feeling we enjoy today.

hookah bar at lunch in India

Hookah bars in tradition were friends smoking at the days end. Or time alone to think.

hookah on roof.

In NY in the early 1900’s a hookah bar was a place where Immigrants would reconnect with others just arriving and those in the same upward struggle.  But mostly a Hookah was something you brought out to appreciate a conversation in your house or in your neighborhood.

To truly appreciate hookah we must look at our surroundings and those we are smoking with to decide its spiritual effects on us. Hookah bars are not the tradition. And with the noise, and with us now not even making our own hookahs; smoking Hookah tobacco has become no better than fast food for some.

And if you look at many of the people you are smoking with regularly you may notice that they are looking tired, tense, and getting more broke and are not connected to their Hookah because they only smoke in these hookah bars.

Smoking hookah is a time to let the sounds of the air pulling up the Shisha and bringing reflections of the day to rise up. Let the hookah and silence help inspire the mind to go deeper. Relax. Let the pressures fade away. Maybe even find some new life and energy by slowing down and believe things will get better if you are going through those rough patches. And most importantly make a hookah and appreciate what you made.

A reply to Some Hookah forums

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2010 by Abraham Appel

I don’t know how to fit in at the Hookah forums. I’ve been kicked out many times for the Ed Hardy Hookah Blog. It seems that so many people have hidden agendas that when you are honest and say that you write for the Blog they assume you’re an agent and not a lover of hookah culture. And then you look at every forum after that as agents who will call you an agent. And then you don’t know why people hate A hookah that you like so much.

I write the blog to be honest, to share what I see as American hookah culture, and to hopefully create the best blog online for Hookah news. More than just products. The American and maybe world Hookah story should be covered with an eye on more than just selling products. Of course we want to sell our products but we want to be part of the Hookah culture as a whole as well. Not one-dimensional.

I can handle criticisms. but what has been so frustrating is that most critics say things like “just look at it.” Or I hope he sells it quick so that I don’t have to see it.” How can you hate something you have never seen and how can I really believe you if you wont go see it?

I try to explain at the blog that what you’re hating on is actually what you’re supporting. You see Ed hardy , the name as a big company instead of as the new start-up. So you say you’re defending Hookah culture but what really is being supported is a cultural rejection of Ed hardy hookah by those who already make huge money from Hookahs.

In the hookah world we at Ed hardy are the newer, small company. We have done well. But we are not an established company like the ones usually mentioned by people dismissing us out of hand. So we really do have to have a good product. Doesn’t mean its the greatest thing since sliced bread. But its a great looking Hookah, a well-built hookah. And people who have bought it have not treated it as less than a very nice smoking hookah.
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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.

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.

Herbal hookah smoke

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2010 by Abraham Appel

Ed Hardy Herbal Hookah smoke has no tobacco or nicotine or chemicals. Ed hardy Herbal hookah smoke is made from the freshest herbs for a more natural hookah experience.

In creating an Ed Hardy Hookah Herbal Hookah smoke, Ed Hardy Hookah wants to make the lifestyle of hookah available to everyone.  Make it uncomplicated and natural.

 Many Hookah companies that we compete against try to force their customers to only order the products that the company wants.

    At Ed Hardy Hookah we are a company based on meeting our customers where they want us to go. For many modern and more sophisticated Hookah smokers that means reinventing the ritual of Hookah smoking with earths offerings of herbs and flowers.

The herbal flavors of Ed Hardy Hookah will make you as happy as any brand of Flavored Tobacco. But now, it’s even more guilt free. Like ice cream that takes calories away.

In san diego: try Hookah bar called The Living Room.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 12, 2010 by Abraham Appel

Hookah smokers are a little too much like bears hibernating every night in their cave. 

  So when we Hookah-cubs are forced out of our normal hunting grounds; we can feel a little lost. 

   So Ed Hardy Hookah is searching for the best hookah bars. We’re gonna start where we remember going over time when we left our Home base. We’re hoping you’ll suggest a few hookah bars from around the world that we can spotlight as well. 

    The first Hookah bar I would suggest to you if you were in San Diego, CA  is the Living room

Living room coffe, food and Hookah: bringing everyone together.

 

According to the Living room website “Since…1991, The Living Room has grown from its original location in the San Diego State University area, to a total of 6 Cafe’s: La Jolla, Point Loma, Historic Old Town San Diego, Southwestern College National City and Southwestern College Otay Mesa. The newest addition (was at)UCSD – Price Center (in) 2008.” 

     The Living room is a spectacular Hookah bar and coffee shop with a style that is unmatched by any hookah bar in San Diego. Sophisticated with a touch of hometown crass. A nice cross between hookah club and Coffee shop with its own set of regulars mixed with a constant newbie feel to it. 

   What makes The Living Room so special is that it is more than a place that serves shisha. It is a two-story coffee shop and restaurant in the heart of Down town La Jolla with a second story bar and hookah bar. 

    It is wonderful looking down at down town as the clubs get out and watching the people walk around and enjoying the Diego air. 

   It’s expensive. Around 20 dollars for a Hookah. But if it isnt gonna stress you out to spend that much I would suggest going down to San Diego and enjoying the vibes and the view and the great atmosphere. Another advantage of The living room is the wide variety of food.

The Juggling Gypsy smoking show goes on.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 11, 2010 by Abraham Appel

There were over 30 Hookah bars in North Carolina when the Smoking ban went into effect Jan, 1st.   

The Hookah bars tried to find an exception,a loophole, but hope had faded.  The law wasn’t budging. It appeared to be the end of hookah bars in North Carolina. The first domino falling in what looked like a nationwide line of dominos for Hookah bar owners.  

North Carolina Hookah bars closed their Hookah doors after a few weeks of January cold proved that a Hookah bar was not going to get a loophole in the smoking ban.  

Until…  

A loophole within the North Carolina law was relized upon by the Juggling Gypsy hookah bar owner Danny Best.  

Juggling Gypsy courtesy of maharaj hookah directory

 

According to the North Carolina law, smoking is permitted “within the capacity of an actors performance upon a live performance set.” And thus now, If you smoke there, you are part of the show. Video consent form and all.  

“In the performance biz, an age-old saying is: The Show must go on (and) it certainly is” says the Juggling Gypsy website.  

“On January 1, 2010,” the Juggling Gypsy website continues (we) “formally launched (our) long-awaited reality-based live theatrical performance called “The Smoking Show”. A live, reality-based show created to further showcase our already-existing amazing roster of performance-based talents in a variety of mediums..Including, but certainly not limited to the Art of Smoking.”  

     But Best also claims on his website that this was not just about the smoking ban. Entertainment was going to be part of the hookah bar long before any concerns about the smoking ban even came up, the Juggling Gypsy argues.    

   And though he plays up the humor and sarcasm of finding a way around the smoking ban for now, Best does have an impressive line up of bands, belly dancers and other entertainment to go with the smoking show. As well as a history of entertainment. Something that may save him if lawmakers feel embarrassed.  

But on the other hand the show is recorded with a quality that is similar to the cheapest walmart webcam.   

learn more  

Juggling Gypsy Facebook page  

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wilmington-NC/The-Juggling-Gypsy-Cafe/41281188321?ref=ts&v=wall