The Cupboard was founded in 1967 by co-founders Phil & Nancy in Cincinnati, Ohio. Glass art pipes were unheard of, but Nancy had the vision that this would become a big thing. She and Phil took the initiative to buy in before anyone else and displaying it in their store in such a way that the store became an art gallery, an artistic experience and a welcoming, family-driven atmosphere. It became Cincinnati’s one-stop shop for all tobacco needs and allowed local artists a forum for exhibiting functional glass art pieces.
“Two of the few people who institutionalized the idea of using glass pipes were Nancy and Phil from The Cupboard in Cincinnati. Nancy had a way of putting the pipes on display and making them so that they were accepted and cool. People began to understand the whole idea of how glass color change worked and why glass was better.” – Ken from Chameleon Glass
Nancy used her artistic, creative talent and Phil used his engineering skills to display glass art pipes with intense, intimate lighting, on black velvet shelves in antique glass cases that caused the glass to twinkle and refract colors, highlighting them as genuine works of art . Nancy and Phil created a new “physical” landscape for the sale of glass art pipes, and now their family is honoring them by expanding to the digital world: allowing nation-wide visitors to enjoy what used to be only available locally in Cincinnati.
The Cupboard is one of the oldest shops of its type in the United States, and is considered an industry patriarch. Their stores included Dr. FeelGood’s Chest Covers, The Greenery and The Wholesome Earth in Ohio and Off the Wall in Seattle, Washington.
The Cupboard name has continually highlighted new industry trends, unparalleled customer service, and passion for glass art. Over four generations of friends and customers have enjoyed The Cupboard in Cincinnati, Ohio and now we are bringing that same passion, knowledge, and eclectic selection online to CupboardGlassPipes.com.
2613 Vine Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45219