The Cigar Club hopes to capitalize on the ban, which went into effect Nov. 6, by offering a comfortable and legal place for residents to smoke. Officials also increased the scope of the store from a traditional cigar shop and smoking lounge to a nightclub with music five nights a week and sports on Sunday and Monday.
The club’s Nov. 1 grand reopening featured free sushi and a packed room of cigar aficionados and dancers.
“It was a cigar club to begin with,” Williams said. “It’s so much more now.”
Still, the shop has not strayed from its expertise. In the sealed-off, walk-in glass cabinet, where a humidifier keeps the voluminous collection of cigars at 70 degrees and 70% humidity, customers can peruse a wide array of smokes.
The shop stocks cigars of many price ranges, between $5 and $90, and for all types of smokers, Williams said.
The newest trend, aimed mostly at women cigar smokers, is flavored cigars. The club stocks honey, vanilla and a blend of coffee and chocolate-flavored cigars that seem to be having their intended effect.