I realized soon until after sitting down at Miss Peaches, sipping on some sweet tea, that my week-long hiatus from cigarettes had come to an end. Luckily, someone had an iPhone and we used Vicinity to find the closest convenience store. Midway through our 100 yard journey, we happened upon Smoke House & Magazines. Since it wasn’t immediately obvious what type of goods were inside, we decided it was best to check it out for ourselves.
Turns out proprietor, Basir Beria made all the kites for the film “The Kite Runner“. COOL. And, yes– you can buy the afghan kites at the store. Mr. Beria’s an old-school kite fighter and built all the kites in the store (and for the film) by hand. He has an amazing story, covered by the LA Times last year, that’s definitely worth a read.
As if Mr. Beria’s fantastic tale weren’t enough, we happened upon this piece of machinery…
“What is that,” you ask? It’s a pipe with a stash compartment and a refillable, built-in butane lighter. SUPER COOL.
Smoke House & Magazines
5621 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601