Last week I announced the Stogie Review Fan Forum Cigar Shop Reviews section, this week I’d like to feature one of those reviews as well as give you an update on how we are progressing. Since the initial launch of this new section, we have racked up 11 reviews and are off to a great start. If you have a shop in mind that you would like to review, drop into the forum and share it with us.
Featured Shop: Corona Cigar Company
Reviewed By: Kyle (kafreeman)
Date Visited: 1/24/2009
Street Address: 1130 Townpark Ave
City: Lake Mary
Phone Number: (407) 333-3453
Hours of Operation: Open Mon-Thu 9am-12am; Fri-Sat 9am-2am; Sun 10am-12am
Location: Above average
Corona Cigar is in a large plaza with a multitude of restaurants, a movie theater, and many other stores. Parking is a somewhat limited, you may have to walk a bit to get to the store.
I have dealt with most of the staff there, and they all seem to know what they are talking about. I started going there as newb, and I asked for a brand sampler to try out some stuff. They had a few, but suggested he pick some out instead to get a better range. He picked Tatuaje, Cabaiguan, Padron 1964, La Riqueza, La Flor Dominicana, Illusione, and La Gloria Cubana. Any questions I had were answered, and if he had not smoked something he would find someone in the store that did.
They carry boutiques. Practically all of them. They carry practically everything CAO makes, everything thats been ranked in the CA Top 25. Their singles prices are in line compared to a box price from CI or Famous. It seems like they round up to the next half dollar when determining the single pricing. Accessories are a little higher than what you can find online, but once you add shipping you are close to the same price. Everything is nice and clean, well laid out. Its easy to look through the smokes they have.
They have a nice lounge and have bands playing on the weekend. They have a good selection of drinks to enjoy while in the lounge. Chairs are mostly all wood. They have a nice patio area outside the store with metal chairs.
Overall Opinion: Exceptional
Overall, Corona Cigar Co. is a great place. I havent been to the other two other locations in Orlando, but from what I understand they exceed the Lake Mary location. Any other shop I have been to has paled in comparison to Corona in Lake Mary.