When a medical condition forced Kevin Davis to leave his job as a paramedic recently, he had a lot of time to think while he convalesced.
Opening his own cigar shop had been in the back of his mind since Davis developed an affinity for cigars, from his time on golf courses years ago, where he would light up the occasional stogie.
So, with the backing of wife Bonnie, he did just that, hosting a grand opening in late October for Indiana Cigar Club in the 1100 block of Wayne Avenue in White Township.
“It was a life change,” Davis said.
Since then, he said, he has attracted a number of regulars “and one or two new customers a day.”
The shop features a handful of large humidors filled with about 90 varieties and a 930-square-foot smoking lounge with leather chairs, high-top tables and a television. But you won’t find cigarettes, pipe tobacco or vaping materials.
Davis sells soda and water, but patrons may also bring their own alcohol. And, he said, the proximity to Noble Stein Brewing just two doors down is convenient for those who enjoy craft brews.
Customers have been telling him they appreciate the new business because it’s the only one like it in Indiana County.
The next closest, he said, is Rick’s Tobacco in New Alexandra, which has about half of the inventory, Davis said.
The new tobacconist pointed out that, despite the business’s name, there is no membership required.
“What is a club but like-minded people sharing a common interest?” Davis said. “You just have to enjoy cigars.”
Nor do you have to be an aficionado.
Davis is happy to teach the indoctrinated how to prepare and smoke cigars, and recommend different varieties.
“I’ll walk people through it,” he said. After all, he joked, “there are no bad cigars, just better grades of good cigars.”
Davis said he offers buy five, get one free every day, and you may mix and match, which allows customers to try different brands. And, of course, he has in stock all the necessary accessories such as cutters, lighters and a variety of humidors.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The store is open occasionally on Sundays during events such as Steelers games.
On the Net: www.indianacigarclub.com