Jon’s Pipe Shop is a store filled with soul. It has been a Champaign-Urbana staple since 1959, supplying customers with both quality products and friendly service.
The current owner, Patrick Callaghan, originally bought Jon’s Pipe Shop while he was attending the University of Illinois in 1978. Callaghan has extensive knowledge of the tobacco industry. He studied the art of tobacco blending with New York’s legendary tobacconist Milt Sherman and was a student at the prestigious Pro-Cigar College in the Dominican Republic. He recently retired from detective work for the Illinois State Police and will be dedicating his time to his tobacco business.
Callaghan shares his passion for the tobacco business with his mother, Lorraine. Lorraine was widely known for her outrageous stories and was guaranteed to bring laughs to any customer who walked in. She managed the shop for 35 years before passing away at the age of 93. Customers are encouraged to come in and ask staff members about the adventures of late Lady Callaghan III.
Jon’s Pipe Shop is best known for its neighborly staff and wide selection of smoking and non-smoking accessories. From pipes and cigarettes to lighters and cigars, Jon’s Pipe Shop has it all.
For the past 15 years, Jon’s Pipe Shop has hosted the 1st Wednesday Smoker on the first Wednesday night of each month. This special occasion offers its attendees a large selection of cigars and creates an atmosphere suitable to smoke in. The event is themed on occasion and showcases special cigars. These events occur at the Esquire Lounge in downtown Champaign.
Stop into Jon’s Pipe Shop on 44 East University Avenue in Champaign any day of the week between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Call (217) 355-2200 for questions about placing special orders or learning what they have on special for the week.