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Meet Joey Holub of Summit Cigars

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joey Holub.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’d like to think of myself as a pretty simple guy. I value the outdoors, sports, good food and people. I’ve spent my entire life on the west coast and in the southwest. I’ve been very fortunate to have lived in a few different states, which have provided amazing experiences. Life is an interesting journey.

My introduction to cigars was a lot less significant than when I got into a lounge for the first time. The social atmosphere in a lounge was what got my attention. I really enjoyed sitting with a group of people that enjoyed cigars and shared a common attitude. Sitting together and enjoying themselves.

I started an online cigar shop for a couple of reasons. First, I wanted to create something that was engaging for customers. A customer community that people could contribute to be a part of. Secondly, I was starting to really enjoy boutique and premium cigars. It made sense to me to create something.

Summit Cigars is really special to me because there was a time when it was just an idea. I’m tremendously grateful that we have made it a reality that we can share.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’ve learned that patience is most important. The shop is a representation of that. As we grow, I continue to remind myself that struggles and growing pains are just a part of it.

Although we are currently experiencing a lot of uncertainty from decisions being made regarding taxation on tobacco, I am hopeful that any potential changes in taxation will not prevent us from being able to provide a social and retail space for adults to enjoy cigars.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Summit Cigars – what should we know?
We are a cigar and pipe tobacco store and lounge. We specialize in providing customers with premium and boutique cigars in an environment that our patrons want to be in. The culture of our lounge is amazing.

The two things that I hear most are compliments about our cigar selection and the atmosphere in the shop. We are open to the general public, and we also have membership options available. I’m really proud to be a part of creating a space for people to be able to enjoy themselves.

As I mentioned earlier, the environment of the lounge is the first thing that got my attention when I started enjoying cigars. Where else can you go where all of the chairs in the lounge are facing toward each other? That’s special.

It’s a good feeling to know that we’ve cultivated something that people value.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Staying focused on the customer’s experience. We’ve jokingly referred to the shop as a comfy living room that you can smoke in. We work really hard to accommodate our guests in a way that they remember.

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1 Comment

  1. Debb

    May 14, 2019 at 3:31 am

    Summit Cigars is the place to go to have a great cigar and enjoy a wonderful atmosphere and wonderful people!

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