Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Blanco Inks Canadian Distribution Deal
Friday, January 23, 2015
New Orleans Passes Smoking Ban
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Nebraska Bill Reinstates Cigar Bar Exemptions
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
New President of Nicaragua’s Tobacco Association
Friday, January 16, 2015
Davidoff Appoints New Tabadom General Manager
- More from News & Features
Davidoff Opens Cigar Lounge in Connecticut
Posted: August 27, 2014
The most tony of towns in Southern Connecticut now has a new cigar oasis.
A Davidoff Cigar Lounge opened in Greenwich, Connecticut last week, welcoming its first members and visitors to 2,700 square feet of cigar-friendly space. It's the fifth Davidoff lounge in the United States.
The lounge, located on East Putnam Avenue (which local old-timers refer to as Boston Post Road), resides on the ground floor of a 140-year-old building that was fully renovated in the 1980s and extensively reworked for this project. The facility has a conference center, couches and chairs, retail counter, kitchen, and humidified lockers for members. There is limited parking during the day but ample parking after 5 p.m. Considerable cost and effort was concentrated into the ventilation so as to keep the smoke clear in the lounge and away from neighbors who might not appreciate the aroma of a Davidoff Nicaragua Toro.
The lounge is a partnership between Davidoff, Michael Cafagno of the Tobacconist of Greenwich Ltd. (a retail store located about a mile down the road from the lounge), and local businessman Michael Stelluti. Plans for the lounge came together in considerably quick time. The idea was spawned during a March discussion between Cafagno and Richard Krutick, director of marketing for Davidoff of Geneva USA.
"I said, ‘What does it take to build a lounge?'" said Cafagno during a smoky interview in his cigar shop, located a few feet from the high-profile shopping mecca that is Greenwich Avenue. A deal for the space was done within a month. A lease was soon signed. "The day after we signed the lease," said Cafagno, "we demoed the entire place."
Tobacconist of Greenwich, a cigar shop that dates back 40 years, is small, with a few seats for customers to puff what they purchase. In contrast, the new Davidoff lounge is vast, able to accommodate dozens of cigar lovers at one time.
"We're a sanctuary where you can smoke," said Stelluti.
Access to the lounge is limited to members, but there is a wide range of membership options available, including day passes ($50). A one-year membership, with a locker, sells for $3,000 and gives one access to the members' lounge. There were also lifetime memberships, but Cafagno said those had already sold out.
Cafagno said he would put a cap on memberships. "Our goal is to keep it at a comfort level," he said, "not see how many people we can fit."
Comments 1 comment(s)
Peter Baenninger — Tierra Verde, FL, USA, — September 2, 2014 2:59pm ET
You must be logged in to post a comment.