Over fourteen years ago, Bulldog Pipe & Cigar was started by Vietnam Veteran and veritable good ol’ boy Kenneth Smitheman, and his wife Diana. Together, they built Coeur d’ Alene’s original gentleman’s premium tobacco shop from scratch. They picked a space in the Silverlake Mall and though the Bulldog moved spaces a few times, the mall is where the Bulldog remains even today. On February 21st 2014, Paul & Mary Banducci took over the business for the Smithemans who were ready to move into the next phase of life. We wish them both a happy and fulfilling retirement!
Paul had been a regular customer at the Bulldog for almost ten years. His dream of owning a smokeshop has existed for even longer. He and Mary, his middleschool sweetheart and now wife of eight years, are very excited to carry the torch. They are both locals who grew up the old fashioned way right here in Northern Idaho. Their aim is to bring many fresh ideas to improve the Bulldog, while holding true to its old-school feel and tradition of doing business the right way and treating customers like friends.
Over two years have passed with Paul & Mary at the helm of The Bulldog, and quite a bit has changed. Regulars come in on a first-name basis, and rookies are given whatever level of mentoring they desire as they begin their journey through the wonderful world of premium tobacco. Across the board, inventory has nearly tripled since the beginning of the Banducci’s tenure. Most excitingly, the Bulldog’s square footage has doubled– Many months of hard work have come to fruition as the Bulldog adds the space next door to the shop to become the Bulldog Pipe & Cigar Lounge! This addition is sure to provides even more opportunities to offer you, our wonderful clients, with an ever-improving excellent premium tobacco experience. For more information about the Bulldog Lounge, click here:
With the new space addition comes a new member of the Bulldog crew! We are very excited to introduce
He is a swell guy, an excellent bartender, and a good friend. Joe knows his stuff, and can help any client find tobacco and drink that suits them well.
Also, don’t forget to say “hello” to Dave. Dave has been a friendly face at Bulldog Pipe & Cigar for over six years now! He is often around on Thursday, Fridays, and weekends, and is a good friend to have in a pinch. He may be merciless in Backgammon and poker, but the ol’ gentleman is quite knowledgeable, willing, and able when it comes to all of your pipe and cigar needs. Need help making a decision? He’s your guy. We are thankful to have his experienced hand around the shop!
If you happen to see a little blur moving through the shop on your next visit, have no fear—that is just Amaressa, Paul & Mary’s 5 year old daughter. She loves to hand out her custom artwork to customers, and loves helping Daddy with inventory projects. From time to time, you may also catch a glimpse of Silas, the Banducci’s newest addition to the family. He will be 2 in September and is the smiliest little guy you may ever meet.