I have a shop review of Genuine Tobacco for you this week and I included a bit of a video with Stephen Saudarg who is director of operations for Genuine Tobacco. I think this may be the first shop review with video. I am such a rebel.
I have been going to this shop for over two years now and it has become my favorite local place to go. Yes, the prices are excellent, especially with the member card but it is also a nice lounge with great people and an atmosphere that makes me wish I could just hang out all the time. Events seem to be happening a bit more recently with a Brickhouse event upcoming this month on the 13th. While the event is going on you also get an extra discount with your members card! Have I said the prices are amazing!
Genuine Tobacco has two locations: 76 West Frederick St. Millersville, PA 17551 (717-871-8431) and the one I go to at 960 Lancaster Ave Columbia, PA 17512 (717-684-5700). Only the Columbia location has a smoking lounge as the Millersville one now has tanning beds so you can smoke while your significant other can get bronzed.
There is a lot of behind the scenes work that went into making this such a nice place with a water filtration system and a massive air purification system that does an excellent job. I always notice when stepping into the smoking lounge that there is no stale smoke smell and that impresses me. I have included the pictures at the beginning of the video to give you a look at the lounge, humidor, purification system, lockers, etc. I hope you take some time to look as I think you would agree, it looks like a nice place to smoke.
Steve is pretty new at his position but has really stepped up the cigars he is bringing in which now include Tatuaje, Illusione, Kristoff, CLE, Kurt Kendall’s 7-20-4 and lots more. Genuine Tobacco also has a house blend cigar which you may see a review of in the near future. Of course you still have you staples like Rocky Patel, Arturo Fuente, E.P. Carrillo, Acid, Oliva, CAO, etc. There are plenty of facings that everyone will be able to find a cigar to enjoy.
Genuine Tobacco also sells RYO supplies, pipe tobacco, lighters, cutter, humidors, lottery, cigarettes and more. Of course we are focusing on the cigars and you would be able to get everything you need to get a new cigar smoker started or even make a seasoned veteran happy. Christmas is right around the corner (in case my wife is reading this, hint hint).
Now, the only thing about shops like this is Steve is the main guy for the humidors as the counter personnel have some knowledge but are not tobacconists themselves. You can always ask questions and if the counter personnel do not know, I am sure they could give Steve a ring to find an answer for you.
I am terrible at writing, just ask Jerry :p so I am going to let the video do the bulk of the work.
If you are in the area stop by and check it out. Don’t forget to ask about the membership card so you can enjoy the massive savings. Heck, give me a shout and maybe I can join you for a smoke.