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Castello Trunk Show at L.J. Peretti's


For me, getting to Peretti's is always a battle which is a shame because once I get there I'm always happy I went. Last Saturday was no exception. Tim and I made plans to attended the Castello trunk show at Peretti's which Nate had shared with all of us on our Facebook page. I'm didn't want to pay Boston's parking prices so I drove as close to Boston as I could then took the train into Park Street and walked across the Common to Park Square hoping the rain would stay away. I don't the take train or get into Boston very often so it's usually a refresher course on what it's like to live life in the big city and by the looks of it, things are moving pretty fast. They were having a Japanese Festival in town and the Common was packed with a wide variety of different characters and cultures.
It's springtime in Boston and the almost 150 year old Peretti's was framed with budding trees making it look even more quaint than it usually does. I stepped inside and back in time. The trunk show was taking place out back and there was one customer about to make a cigar purchase. I was greeted by Bob who is a fairly new edition to the Peretti's staff and just happens to be the person who introduced me to the pipe back in the 70s and whom I haven't seen in almost 40 years. I was a little disappointed to hear he'd transitioned primarily to cigars but I'm told he has a couple pipes in the shop so I guess there's still some hope for him yet.
Out back the pipes were all laid our for our perusal and Tim and a few others were already pouring over them while our own Nate Davis and Peretti staffer kept watch to ensure none of these prized jewels ended up in someone's pocket (just kidding). There were some really beautiful specimens to behold and I have never owned a Castello. I guess you could say I'm a tad frugal and since Marco Parascenzo from Novelli Pipes had not yet arrived with the pricing sheet, all of these beauties were still viable options.
While waiting for Marco to arrive I took inventory of all the shop had to offer and found they had quite a few blends that have been a little hard to come by as of late. I grabbed a few and stashed them away. I could give you details but it might be better if you take a Saturday to get into Boston and see for yourself (no there was no McClelland).
When Marco arrived it was time to get serious. As you can imagine the prices were not cheap but what you would expect a premier Italian pipe. There were about a half dozen of Peretti's regular pipe customers in attendance and they seemed eager to buy and I never heard Peretti's owner Steve Willet yell at anyone to "Buy a Pipe!" so I'm guessing things were going well. He was all smiles.
I finally decided on a sea rock in the tomato shape which I was told they only make every couple of years. I smoked it that night and found it to be an exceptional smoke.
Tim and I grabbed some lunch then back to the shop to hang out for a while. Tim couldn't leave before checking out their estate collection for any keepers of the Peterson variety and was happy to find a full bent Sherlock Holmes for the right price that he plans to bring back to it's original beauty.
So another successful trek into the city and it's iconic pipe shop is in the books and I left there with the intention to not let it be so long between visits. A big thanks to Steve Willett, Nate and Bob for their hospitality and generosity during our visit.

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