As with any business and doubly so for a local cigar shop it is the shop’s staff that are the heart and soul of the establishment. They are the ones who care for the property. They are the first ones the customer meets. They set the tone and, when needed, they keep the peace. It’s a family. The Cigar Shack is no different.
The cigar shop can be a wonderful place full of discussion. It's filled with such a diverse selection of people, from all walks of life, that the atmosphere can indeed become quite lively. Cigar culture, in general, is very inclusive. It's one of the things that make the cigar community so great. Etiquette in such an environment is essential but not complicated. If anything, cigar shop etiquette is more about being open to ideas and meeting new people.
Cigar culture demands that groups be formed alongside friendships so that cigar lovers from all walks of life and around the world can find each other. If there's one thing the cigar community loves it's… well, cigars. However, if there are two things the cigar community loves it's cigars and… bourbon? Cigar lovers love giving reviews, and trading cigars are what I'm getting at. They can be the third and fourth thing cigar lovers love.
Cigar shops throughout history have traditionally been thought of as meeting places for the common man and the affluent alike. They are a melting pot for people from all walks of life. The historical significance of such establishments may be up for debate, but their importance to the history of cigar culture itself cannot be denied. These cigar shops are three of the cornerstones upon which cigar culture was built.
Cigar culture as a whole has evolved over the years to form its own identity. A band of brothers (and sisters) bonding over a practice that may very well be over a millennia old.1 This culture is overwhelmingly inclusive. Cigar enthusiasts around the world gather at the cigar shop to discuss a myriad of things. Enthusiasts of all (legal) ages are welcome. All backgrounds are represented. All cultures, both genders, every political ideology is represented. We discuss our favorite cigars. Our favorite shape, style, and body. Flavor profiles and limited editions are bantered about and traded. Various countrymen sit shoulder to shoulder. Doctors sit next to bus boys. All are equal here.
Anyone who enjoys fine tobacco products appreciates the appeal of new and different cigars emerging into the world marketplace. As for myself, I enjoy a cigar that is robust and full of flavor, yet does not knock your socks off. Flavor and draw are key factors for me, as well as size and shape. Over the years, I have smoked my way through Cuba and discovered many distinct differences between their legendary products and our domestically sold counterparts in America. Having worked closely with a team of skilled growers from Honduras, the Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua, the Cigar Shack has come up with a unique tobacco blend that I would be PROUD to put my name on!