Cigars on the Boulevard opens in Apollo Beach
By LOIS KINDLE
A fine cigar, adult beverage and the relaxing fellowship of friends represent the good life for some folks, and if you’re one of them, Cigars on the Boulevard is your kind of place.
“It’s so cool. There’s nothing like it in southern Hillsborough County,” said Carrie Elwell, one of the three proprietors of the newly opened business. “The closest cigar bar to us is Brandon or Valrico, and neither has the atmosphere we do. Our Florida coastal décor is classy, yet open and casual. There’s nothing stuffy about us.”
Cigars on the Boulevard is a joint venture between three friends – Elwell, her husband Kevin and the man who conceptualized it, Charlie Buntin.
“My wife Amber told me I had to support my alcohol and tobacco habits, so I decided a cigar bar would be the perfect solution,” Buntin said.
He had talked in passing about the idea with his buddy Kevin for some time, especially while they sat on each other’s porches smoking cigars.
“In 2019, it was still a dream and idea,” Buntin said. “But we started looking for a location last year, and things got serious when we finally found this one in September.”
Cigars on the Boulevard had its soft opening Memorial Day weekend and grand opening June 24. It’s in the former Shoreline Sugars site at 1438 Apollo Beach Blvd., just past Alpha Pizza. The cigar bar’s 3,000 square feet of space includes a 10-foot ceiling; full-service bar serving signature cocktails, spirits, wine, beer, coffee and expressos; 120-square-foot humidor; four flat-screen TVs; a VIP room for business meetings, private parties and game-night rentals; 24 personal humidor lockers for its founding members; free WIFI; four laptop stations; under-bar hooks for purses; and seating for about 70. Plus it has wet zoning outdoors.
It offers more than 130 different boxes of cigars, including local Florida brands, like Arturo Fuentes, A. J. Fernandez, J. C. Newman and the veteran-owned and operated Blanco Cigars in Clearwater. (Fuentes and Newman, both in Ybor City, are the two oldest cigar manufacturers in the nation.) The cigar bar’s expert staff can assist everyone – from novice to aficionado – in finding the perfect quality stick.
Cigars on the Boulevard’s business model is aimed at providing patrons a variety of cigar experiences, including several unique memberships with exclusive benefits. Founders and VIP members can use the VIP Room for free and even have a three-hour, fine cigar experience brought to their corporate event, party, bachelor’s party or ladies’ night.
Business hours are 3 to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. All major credit cards are accepted.
For more information, call 813-296-1016, visit www.cigarsotb.com or https://www.facebook.com/CigarsOnTheBlvd or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com/.
Better yet, stop in for a cigar, have a drink and share a good story. You’ll be glad you did.