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Name of Shop: Cigars International Super-store
Date Visited: 03/23/09
Street Address: 4078 Nazareth Pike
Phone Number: (484) 895-3933
Hours of Operation:
Mon – Fri: 10:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday: 9:30am – 9:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
The shop is located directly off a main highway making it easily accessible from NYC, NJ, Philly, central PA, and the Poconos. The store is easy to find off the highway as well. You can literally see it coming off the off ramp from the east (Rt 22 West bound), and there are no back roads that are needed to get you there.
Not being a ‘ma and pa’ shop allows to hire top quality employees that don’t mind driving to work from an hour away(probably because they have benefits?). The first time I entered the store I held a single cigar band of a cigar I enjoyed, and left with a handful of cigars I had never had before that I would end up enjoying. There will always be at least 1-2 extremely knowledgeable people on site so all your questions will be answered. On top of that, if you are looking around they will ask if you need help, and if you say you do not they will leave you alone instead of continuously asking you. I have yet to meet an unfriendly employee here. On top of this if you buy a box or a bundle, smoke a cigar and are displeased with it, you can return it for store credit with absolutely no hassle(which I have done a few times).
Their selection is enormous. Not only do they have most brands in stock, but it is rare to find a cigar in only one size. The first time I entered I felt almost lost because there are just so many shelves of cigars. They only cigars I ever find not in top quality are tubed cigars which may have some mold on them (I personally would never buy a tubed cigar for this reason alone, and when I do I immediately take them out of the tube). As for prices they are as low as you can get. Companies have actually pulled product from the store because they did not want their cigars discounted. If that doesn’t speak of how low their prices are I am not sure what would. Remember they buy the cigars in huge quantities for the catalog, but pass the low price to the store as well (store brings in ~1-2% of their total sales).
The store is always spotless if you are first to enter in the morning. As the day progresses the ash trays build up, but that is understandable since it is a cigar shop. The store is divided into two parts. The Gurkha lounge in the back has one TV, with a ~3×5 ft table to sit around. The table is surrounded by four large comfortable leather chairs and two rockers. On the other side of the same lounge is another ~3×5 table with four leather chairs. There are two chessboards as well. There are also some single chairs and a two seater at the top of the lounge, facing a stone fire place, equipped with a mantle. You may move the chairs around as needed, or ask for more if the ones left out are all taken. Toward the front of the store there is a bar (no liquor just the table) with three bar stools. Also there is a high oval table ~ 2×3 ft with three chairs surrounding it facing another flat screen TV. In the corner there are three leather seats in sort of a living room arrangement with a carpet in the middle. In the middle of the store there is another single oval table with three seats (same as the first I described). Up front they also offer coffee for free, have a water cooler, and have a soda machine ($0.75). There are also two very clean bathrooms (well, I can say the mens is clean so I assume the womens is in the same shape) at the front of the store. I almost forgot, they have free WiFi there so you can bring you laptop in and get some work done.
Overall Opinion: Exceptional
I love the place. There are so many cigars to chose from I get worried I will never be able to smoke them all. If you are ever in the Bethlehem area definitely stop by. Oh yeah I almost forgot, it’s BYOB, so don’t forget to bring a nice bottle of scotch or whiskey with you (enough to share cause there will always be some others there!).
See the pictures I took at the link below.