As the oldest tobacco shop in San Jose, Mission Pipe Shop is a good bet for an elite level of exper-tise. The shop’s modest size belies its great selec-tion and the fact that they’ve got a comfortable lounge area. If you’re looking for a change of pace, try out Mission’s custom blended pipe tobaccos. If you’re in the neighborhood during the summer months, call to ask for the date of their Annual BBQ and Cigar Tasting. There’s always great food and at least one special cigar industry guest on hand.