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 campaigns, 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 ManagerMeet Lance, our lukewarm, yet dashing, King of the North (named by the common folk). This philanthropist of fish and fish accessories can be found grooving about our Englewood location. You’ll find him wandering about the aisles delighting customers with his clear, concise customer service and spontaneous hilarity. But make sure to notice the pants. They’re an integral part of the “Lance experience”. See them dance, see them full of ants, you shance be disappointed. So even though he was born in Burbank, CA, we like to consider him a native since he’s been here since he was a wee lad (three). We’re cool with it so you should be too. Anyways, when Lance isn’t telling the world about his favorite product at the smoke shop, SMOK brand E-Juice vaporizers, you can find him going to as many concerts as possible, dancing (always dancing as much as possible), and being extremely happy about fish and fish accessories. One thing to note… make sure to call him the “KING O’ THA NOATH!!” when you see him.
Assistant Store Manager
Wandering about our OG location, you’ll find Alec. This laid back, super smart dude hails from Allentown, PA (watch out, he’s going to lie to you and say he’s from Denver cause he doesn’t like to admit he’s an outsider) where he graduated from the School of Hard Knocks. After playing his hand in the garage as a mechanic, he found his true calling in the smoke shop industry. He’s pretty freaking knowledgeable when it comes to the stuff we sell. Seriously. When he’s not busy boasting to customers about his favorite product, the PuffCo Wax Pen, you can find Alec playing jamtastic music with his friends or attending one of the many live shows around town. GD BABY!