Thursday, November 29, 2007
ThisWeek Staff Writer
Owners Roy Lawson and Matt Daffin hope the Uptown Cigar Co. can provide a safe haven for customers seeking to kick back, watch the game and pick out a new stogie.
The business first opened its doors during Uptown's Fourth Friday celebration on Oct. 27, but Lawson said a grand opening is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. Dec. 4 at 33 N. State St.
"We're hoping to have a company representative from one of our cigar manufacturers to do demonstrations on how to hand-roll cigars," he said. "We'll have hors d'oeuvres and beverages as a way to say 'thank you' to all the people who have stopped in so far."
Lawson said he and Daffiin wanted to bring a male-oriented business into the Uptown area.
"One afternoon, we were sitting around talking about how Westerville could use a nice cigar store, a place where men could come and purchase their cigars and related items," Lawson said. "There are all kinds of antique and specialty shops (in Westerville), but we wanted a place exclusively for men."
To create that sort of environment, Lawson and Daffin brought in plasma-screen televisions, leather sofas and couches, and added Wi-Fi access. While cigar aficionados won't be able to smoke inside the building, they'll be able to find all of their cigar needs, Lawson said.
"At this point, we're going to be a retail tobacco store, only selling cigars and related items, not cigarettes or pipes," he said.
The Uptown Cigar Co. carries many different types of tobacco, humidors, ash trays, lighters and cigar-making accessories. The shop also makes gift baskets for customers, Lawson said.
"We can ship them anywhere in the world. We've already shipped a couple to Baghdad," he said.
The Uptown Cigar Co. is open Monday through Saturday, with hours of operation ranging from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., although Lawson said the store will often stay open to about 8 p.m. when there's a crowd. The store is closed on Sundays.