Smoke shop: No offense with Mathieu ad

May 6, 2013

The proprietors of Bud’s

Glass Joint, perhaps the most famous “head shop”

this side of the Mississippi, would like to offer the proverbial peace

pipe to Cardinals rookie Tyrann “Honey Badger”

Mathieu.

Bud’s got its 15 hours and then some of fame

after placing

an ad in the Phoenix New Times, an alternative

weekly newspaper, reaching out to Mathieu, a third-round draft choice of

the Cardinals whose decorated college football ended when he was

dismissed from LSU for repeatedly failing drug

tests.

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The ad went

viral on social media, and Bud’s has been reaping the benefits. Well,

sort of.

“We thought it was a funny idea, but we

didn’t think it would get the attention it’s getting,” admitted Greg

Centrone, one of the shop’s co-owners.

So, about all

that publicity. Must be good for business?

“Not

really, nothing in the shop,” Centrone said. “Just a lot of phone calls.

People calling from Louisiana, stuff like that, making sure we’re an

actual shop.”

That they are. They are not, however,

one of the newly licensed medical marijuana dispensaries that were

approved by Arizona voters — though they offer a wide variety of

product appealing to the medically needy.

Bud is a

real guy. Actually, it’s the nickname of one of the co-owners. The shop

opened in the Roosevelt Row arts district in downtown Phoenix on Sept.

1.

It specializes in locally blown glass, and the

first Friday of every month it offers glass-blowing

demonstrations.

Its website also trumpets vaporizers,

hookahs, incense and other smoking accessories, as well as T-shirts

from local clothing companies and art from local artists.

And then there’s this: “We are super excited about

our ‘sisteen chapel’ ceiling where customers and artists alike have

painted something on our ceiling tiles!  We still have some

that need painting so stop by and ask for a tile if you want to be part

of history.”

Centrone wants Mathieu to know that he’s

welcome to be part of that history, and if he were to wander by, the

least the shop could do is offer him a

discount.

“Absolutely,” he

said.

Centrone added that he hopes the Honey Badger

wasn’t offended: “We just thought it was funny.”

In

the next issue of New Times, due out this Thursday, he says the ad will

be replaced. Long gone.

Poof. Or is it puff?

–FOX Sports Arizona