When the Hetterscheidt brothers, Chris, 34, and Nick, 27, moved to the Key Peninsula from Las Vegas a few years ago, their dream was to open a disc golf shop.
Nine months ago, they opened The Glass Cave in the space formerly occupied by Minter Meats.
“We’ve wanted to do that for a few years,” Chris Hetterscheidt recalled. “We found this space about a year ago that had an existing business – CareMeds Co-op, a medical marijuana dispensary.
“Nobody was using the other side of the building, so we approached them about it. We built a wall to separate the two spaces and we opened for business on March 1,” Hetterscheidt said.
According to the brothers, disc golf is the fastest growing sport in the world.
“In the past five years, new courses have been built all over. The Pacific Northwest is a major hub for disc golf. There are tons of courses out here. There’s even a nine-hole course out here on the Peninsula,” Hetterscheidt said.
The shop sells everything needed to play disc golf. They have Frisbee discs –– including putters, drivers and irons –– as well as baskets, bags and other disc golf equipment.
But the Glass Cave is much more than just a disc golf shop.
“We have a unique shop,” Nick Hetterscheidt said. “We sell everything we’re interested in.”
That includes ski gear, clothes, hats, black lights and pipes.
Inside the shop, the vibe is just what the name implies.
“We have a cave-like atmosphere in here. It’s kind of the old ‘70s theme, with black lights,” Nick Hetterscheidt said.
The Glass Cave is “more than just a head shop,” he said.
“We’re more of a lifestyle shop. And we’re the only one like this in the area. We sell glass pipes and other accessories, for tobacco use only. You have to be 18 to come in,” he said.
Early on, the brothers got all their glass products from glass blowers in California.
“Now we get about 70 percent of our glass products from local glass blowers. And we’re moving toward 100 percent local, Northwest glass. We have a very large selection, including all kinds of water pipes and vaporizers,” said Chris Hetterscheidt.
They don’t sell anything made in China.
“We want our shop to be an experience, not like other smoke shops with just shelves and merchandise on the wall. We have customers that just come in and hang out for 45 minutes or an hour. If you are looking for something in particular and we don’t have it, we’ll help you find it,” he said.
Chris emphasized that the Glass Cave is a small, family-owned business.
“I want people to know that we are two brothers with a new business and we would like people to come check it out.
“Come and see what we’re all about and meet our mascot dog Loki,” he said.
For information, visit theglasscagesmokeshop.com or The Glass Cave on Facebook. The Glass Cave is located at 12404 134th Ave. KPN. Hours are
Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday, 11a.m.– 4 p.m.