About Our Company
Headed West is Colorado’s leader in full service smoke shops featuring a huge selection of smoking accessories including Vaporizers, Hand Blown Glass Pipes & Water Pipes, Hookahs, Detox products, Grinders, Rolling Papers, Lighters, Ashtrays, Incense, T-shirts, Clothing, Purses, Posters, Tapestries, all natural herbal smoking blends, & Much, Much, More! We have one of the largest selections in the entire state so going somewhere else would be crazy!
Why the name “Headed West”? The founder, “Big Mike”, grew up and graduated college in Missouri. After graduating, he borrowed money from his grandparents to open up a smoke shop and “Headed West” to Colorado.
The original Headed West store opened off of Colfax in Denver in 1996. After moving three times the store landed one of its’ current locations in 2006 at 4811 S. Broadway in Englewood. We refer to that store as the “OG”, or Original Gangsta! In 2013 we opened our second store in Greenwood Village at 9674 E. Arapahoe Rd., endearingly referred to as the “DTC”. In November of 2014, our third store opened in Denver at 1565 S. Colorado Blvd., which is simply and awesomely referred to as the “CO”.
Why grow slow? That is a question we get asked a lot. The truth is that we are a mom and pop shop and we operate like one. We have “regulars” who have been shopping with us for over 18 years now! Most importantly we want to take the time to provide the best service for everyone who comes through our doors in effort to make them a lifetime customer. No need to be big, just critical to be awesome! Our mission is the have the best selection and service in the state.
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Michael grew up and went to college in Missouri. After graduating Michael borrowed money from his Grandparents to open a smoke shop and “Headed West” to Colorado. Thanks to this guy we have a fantastic store with an amazing selection of products. When not working to help make Headed West so awesome Michael enjoys traveling and checking out live music & sporting events. In the store Michael is most passionate about 503 Liberty Glass and Noble Glass. The one word he would use to describe himself as is honest.
Jen is a proud Colorado native born in Boulder…in the glorious 1970’s. At the end of 2010, after a rewarding career in hospitality sales & management Jen took over Headed West as Business Owner & President. Her passion, energy and determination combined help to drive Headed West to always be our best. When not working to help make Headed West so awesome Jen enjoys hiking Colorado trails and spending time with her rescue dog, Scooby Doo. In the store you will find Jen passionate about vaporizers and kratom. The one word she would use to describe herself as is excitable.
Area (51) Manager
Tyler has New Jersey roots but has lived in Colorado for most of his life. In 2012 he joined Headed West and works not only in-store but is also a partner in developing our social media campaign, he produces all of our tv commercials, and works as our professional photographer. Tyler brings a genuine approach to mentoring, training, and managing people which is evident in the enthusiasm and drive of those who work on his team. When not working to help make Headed West so awesome Tyler enjoys photography and drinking craft beer. In the store you will find Tyler most passionate about RAW Rolling Paper products and glass handpipes made by local husband and wife artists Matt & Laura. The one word he would use to describe himself is a Nerd.
Store ManagerMeet Kaleb, our resident party monster. You’ll find him rocking out at our Arapahoe location down in Greenwood Village. After spending a few years at Headed West, his compassion and outgoing attitude showed us he was ready for a little more responsibility. He grew up surrounded by small business owners, which might explain his natural ability to lead and provide extraordinary customer service (he’s a great listener). When he’s not busy managing DTC and telling customers all about his favorite product, the David Armour Peace Pipe, you can find Kaleb creating new trails with his mountain bike, camping somewhere in the mountains, or kicking everyone’s ass with his RC car racing skillz. Born and raised in Englewood, CO – you could say Kaleb is a rare find here in Colorado! And in the words of Kaleb himself, “PARTY ON!”
Assistant Store Manager
Even though he’s not a morning person… we still like to describe Matt as being a laid back and easy going person. You can find him wandering about our Colorado Blvd location chatting up customers about his favorite kratom product, Remarkable Herbs. When he’s not busy mellowing out at the store, you can find Matt hitting the slopes, playing video games, making loads of money off his friends playing poker, or wandering through the wilderness trying to find the perfect camping spot.
Assistant Store ManagerYou could say Ian’s pretty much the spawn of a smoke shop. He practically grew up in one. Originally born in Connecticut, Ian’s family brought him out west to enjoy the many splendors of Colorful Colorado. Usually you can find Ian drooling over our extensive glass collection with his emotional support animal Cole, contemplating on which piece he should add to his crazy glass collection next. When he’s not busy fantasizing about glass, you can find Ian hiking through the mountains, hanging out with friends, and checking out the latest movie flick.
Assistant Store ManagerA smooth talking space pirate sent back in time to save rock and roll, or just a mild-mannered head shop manager? A self described “loose cannon,” Joe plays by no one’s rules, not even his own. Born in Englewood, he attended Heritage High School and recently received his Bachelors degree in Biology from CU Denver, so he’s local grown! He loves playing guitar, has been in several local bands and is on the hunt for his next project! He’s a huge fan of all types of music, and loves going to live shows as often as possible. Married on Halloween 2012, (sorry ladies!) he loves his wife, Altaira, and she does her best to keep him in line.