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Name of Shop: Centro Cigars
Date Visited: September 15, 2009
Street Address: 4811 Bob Billings Parkway, Suite C
Phone Number: 785.856.7773
Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Above Average
Centro Cigars is the only cigar shop in Lawrence, with the closest store being about 30 miles away. It is located about 5 miles from the main part of Lawrence. The parking lot has space for about 10 vehicles, but it is located next to a strip mall that has extra parking space. Overall, it is an easy place to get to that is not hidden behind other buildings.
I rated the staff as average, because they are willing to answer any questions I have, but they don’t give me the welcoming attitude that i’ve experienced at other shops. The staff is more of the “If they need me, they’ll come” type; however, they never make me feel like i’m not wanted.
Their stock is a hit and miss. They are the only shop that I have seen Cain cigars sold, but I have yet to see a single CAO cigar. If the cigar you want is a brand they carry, they usually sell every size and wrapper of that cigar, but if it’s not a brand they carry, you’re out of luck. Their humidor is in good condition and so are the cigars that are in it. It’s a fairly small humidor for it being a cigar shop. The center of the humidor has nothing in it, which i see as a waste of space. They sell humidors, cutters, lighters, humidification devices, and other cigar items. They don’t sell any other tobacco products. Their prices are higher than those in KC, but not by much. For instance, a Oliva V Lancero will cost me $6.10 in KC, but it will cost $6.95 or so at Centro.
They have two bar tables in the store, and three tables outside the store. They have cutters, and a lighter to light your cigar. They have a lounge called Club Centro, but you have to pay for a membership to the lounge. The lounge has a few leather chairs and couches with A plasma TV. They have lockers for the members to store cigars.
Overall Opinion: Above Average
This is a good place to pick up cigars if they carry the brand you want. Don’t be fooled by the brands they list on their website, because they don’t carry all of them in store. The price is a little higher than stores about an hour away, but I expect that because of their distance from other stores.