- Kevin Godbee
- Oct 7, 2016
- 1 min read
The acclaimed and historied Danish Pipe Shop in Copenhagen has moved to a new larger location. This makes them the largest center for Danish and other pipes in Northern Europe. They opened in the new space on October 1st with a special event. They are now located just a few hundred yards away from the former site with the new store at Vester Voldgade 92, 1552 Copenhagen V.
Guests celebrating with them at their grand opening included pipe makers Manduela, Poul Winslow, and of course, Tom Eltang who has a 20% ownership stake. The new larger location not only offers much more inventory or pipes, tobaccos and accessories, but also has couches and chairs in a comfortable smoking area. In the old store there was nowhere to sit at all, and if you had 10 people there, the place would be packed. The new Danish Pipe Shop easily accommodated over 30-people for the grand opening event.
They have wide isles and open spaces allowing plenty of room for shopping or just hanging out in a relaxed and friendly pipe environment. Be sure to visit them the next time you are in Copenhagen.
The Danish Pipe Shop Aps.
Address : Vester Voldgade 92
Postal Code / City : 1552 Copenhagen V
Country: Denmark, Europe
Phone : (+45) 33 12 36 51
Contact person : Nikolaj Nielsen
Here are some photos from the grand opening:
Danish Pipe Shop Managing Director, Nikolaj Nielsen (L)
Celebrity Pipe Maker Tom Eltang (Center) Poses with Fans
Pipe Maker & Part-Owner of The Danish Pipe Shop Tom Eltang
Lots of Tobaccos
Lots of Comfortable Space to Relax and Smoke
(L-R) Rie Jakobsen, Manduela, Poul Winslow
(L-R) Mikael Johansson, Patrik Eng, Michael Wersén & Christian Larsson of the
Skaraborgs Kapnismologiska Ordenssällskap from Sweden
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