New Smoke Shop Catching Eyes in Haverford

Residents and government officials alike are keeping an eye on a new Haverford business.

A new Haverford business has caught the attention of the area’s residents, police and government.

During public session at the Haverford Township Commissioners meeting on Monday, Havertown resident Bill Corcoran spoke about Greyboy’s a new Darby Road business, calling the tobacco shop a “head shop” and asking the commissioners to keep a watchful eye on the business.

“I have a big problem with [the business],” he said. “My wife went in and said it’s all loaded up … in the back, it’s all bongs. You can’t say its tobacco, because no one smokes tobacco out of a vaporizer. It may be legal, but it’s not right.”

Corcoran asked that the township use “every legal and zoning law they can” to “prevent a bad element” from coming to the area.

Commissioner Bill Wechsler said that he and the police department were aware of the shop, and that “it is being watched.”

“We are being vigilant,” he said. “We can’t regulate what kind of businesses come in. We don’t associate this type of business with Haverford Township, but everyone has a right to rent a place and open a business.”

Wechsler said that “from a police and codes perspective,” the business was being watched.

Greyboy’s owner Mar Singler said in a story from the Delco Times that his store’s pipes are for tobacco use only. Read their full coverage here.

John Kirkland August 17, 2012 at 02:32 PM
I don't have a problem with the new shop really. But I will tell you what I have a problem with. 2 other business tried to get in there before the smoke shop. The ZONING board shot them down because that particular space wasn't zoned for food. First was a home made sausage and cheese place hailing from South Philly. What a great shop that would have been. Township says: Sorry, not zoned for that. Then a BUILD YOUR OWN TACO place tried, and same thing. and you know how much it costs to APPLY for rezone? $3,000. And then the red tape. Really? It's on a strip of stores that are food. Hooptys, Roccos Catering and Hannahs Breakfast nook. They REALLLLLLY need to go through the re-zoning? Is that REALLY adding any value? The zoning laws are what should get looked at. They shouldn't be creating barriers to opening a buisness that would add value in an obvious way to the community. Either of the businesses that tried before the head shop would have been great way to enhance that Oakmont section. It's the township's own idiotic fault. And again, I don't necessarily have a problem with the shop there now, but if people really want to fix something, they should talk to their commissioners about re-thinking the way zoning gets done.
Brendan Kelly August 17, 2012 at 02:47 PM
John, I did not realize this. Thanks for bringing this out. My wife and I always say that there are really limited places to eat in Havertown, now I know why! That home made sausage and cheese would have been nice to have in the area. Its funny, I read a couple of months ago there was a proposal to put up new light posts and brick pavers along Darby to attract more businesses and shoppers, and wanted the town to pay for it. But in reality, less red tape would be a much better and free solution.
Mildred Roberts August 18, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Was the policeman eating a donut?
Dave Mowers August 18, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Glass pipes and bongs are illegal under PA State law contact your Mayor.
George Jones III August 18, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Could you cite the statute i looked and couldnot find it. Thanks
MJP August 21, 2012 at 12:57 PM
They sell water pipes and decorative silicon based apparatus...
ConcernedHtown September 01, 2012 at 02:16 PM
If John post is accurate, I am truly disappointed in the township. We all know that, regardless of the disclaimers, these products are NOT being sold for tobacco only use. Anyone that doesn't see that is as clueless as the township zoning committee.
Marissa September 10, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Parents, be realistic: If someone wants to smoke other things than tobacco they will with the local headshop or without. If the bong is not available in a store close by, it can be bought on craigslist, ebay, and other pages online. The seller on the web will most likely not 'card' the buyer. The parents who believe that the headshop is the reason why their teenage children smoke pot are far off. The kids who smoke pot get it probably at their school, or from their friends and that is where the real problem lies. These kids will use rolling papers or make a coke bottle bong because the handblown art pieces are much to expensive.


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