The Tinder Box Whilshire

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<p>Edward Kolpin opened the first Tinder Box next to the Santa Monica  Majestic Theater (now Mayfair Theater) on Santa Monica Boulevard in 1928. This location is where the original shop eventually relocated and displays many of Kolpin's treasures collected from around the world, including model ships, sailor head mugs, pipes and knives.</p>
<p>The shop sells an assortment of tobacco products, both common and rare.  A large cigar room features some of the world's finest imported and domestic cigars. The shop specializes in pipes, with a collection of vintage and estate pipes, and pipe repair is available. Many signed photos above the door reveal the Tinder Box's rich history and notoriety with Hollywood luminaries like Marilyn Monroe, George Burns, Yule Brenner, Bing Crosby, Pat Boone and Buster Keaton. The Tinder Box was one of the first franchises in U.S. history, selling its first franchise in 1959. Kolpin passed away in 2007 and his sons continue to operate the business.</p>
2729 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 828-4511
  • Fax: 310-829-6761
  • Accessibility Details: The entrance is accessible from the sidewalk.
  • Hours: Mon - Fri, 9:30am - 7pm; Sat, 9:30am - 6pm; Sun, closed
  • Accessible: yes
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