About Us


The Cave is a family-owned Destination Smokeshop in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our family has been in the Smoke Shop industry for over two decades, and The Cave is an accumulation of everything we wanted to do: A high-end glass gallery that still has the comfortable neighborhood Smoke Shop feel.

We started from humble beginnings. The original Cave was in a small 400 square foot location on 25th Avenue in San Mateo, CA. Success came early in this endeavor, and we soon moved up the street to our current location at El Camino Real & 25th Avenue. Shortly after you first walk into The Cave, one thing will be clear, we are all about the glass!

We take pride in our selection of pieces, which have been curated from the best Pipe Makers and Glass Studios in the world. One can get lost in our massive selection of scientific functional pipes and jaw-dropping artistic pieces. However, our selection does not define us as a shop. We take pride in our customer service and expertise in all the products we carry. Our clerk's are enthusiastic to answer any questions or share what they know about any particular piece.

We are the largest family-owned Smoke Shop in the industry, four-time nominee for Glass Shop of the Year at the American Glass Exposition. Our service and great products alone aren't enough to gain that reputation. in 2011, we offered two Glass Artists to come do a Meet & Greet event while delivery their orders.  This concept immediately proved quite fruitful.  We started to host many shows a year, and other stores caught on. Today, there are multiple showcases every weekend across the country, and we put on many of the largest events a year.  

Check out some of our previous events below:

Elbo - The Natural Selection

We will be doing another event with Elbo this year.  Click here to check out the current
event page and RSVP for VIP. This film was shot by our Elbo's friend, Pyroscopic, and
we love how it came out.




AKM x Elks That Run x 2-Stroke

RVA2THEBAY was one of our first group events at the shop.  Featuring three of the
hottest artists in the scene, the event showcased both unique collaborations as well as
new techniques and series for all artists involved!

Salt - A Mixer

One of our first events at The Cave, this event showcased early work featuring many of
Salt's current staples, including the Gill Perc.  Make sure the catch the mini interview
halfway through!