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Name of Shop: Mr. J’s Havana Shop
Date Visited: 09/10/09
Street Address: 90 West Warwick Avenue
City: West Warwick
Phone Number: 401.822.0536
Hours of Operation: 8am – 10pm monday thru saturday and 12pm-6p on sunday
Website: no website yet…
Location: Above Agerage
It is located on a main road and only 5 minutes away from my work and home. Not that easy to get into with traffic sometimes, but great location in town, it is also located inside of a liquor store, so you can pick up your favorite drink and a great cigar at the same time!
This rating is deceiving because if you are lucky enough to talk with Paul or one of the other guys that work at night with him, I think his name is Dave, then the service is exceptional, but from time to time, they bring one of the clerks from the liquor counter up and these girls know next to nothing about cigars and they allways give you that look like they can’t be bothered to work with cigar customers. This is really anoying because I for one wish I had the capital to own a cigar store, and if I did, I would either be working or hiring someone who was just as passionate about cigars as I am.
Stock: Above Average
They have a great selection of many boutique brands that other stores don’t carry, and they also carry Camacho cigars, one of the only retailers in my area that does. The only thing I don’t like about the stock is the storeage conditions, the cigars are storred in large display humidors, which I believe were hand made, but they are years old. The cigars are properly humidified, but every uncelloed stick has a strange aroma to it and the taste allways has something different, this deters me from purchasing cigars that are uncelloed here.
They have a lounge in the back that is kept very clean and organized, however it is very small. There are several nice chairs in the room that are very comfortable.
Overall Opinion: Average
I really love this shop because of its convenience and the inventory of cigars that other shops in my area just don’t have. I only wish they would scrap the humidors that add a weird taste and smell to the cigars and I wish they would hire someone to man the cigar section during the day that knows about cigars.