The Cherry Street Burns Tobacconist location has moved next door to a larger space, a sign that the cigar business is robust in Chattanooga, the store’s manager said.
“Business is absolutely booming,” Burns manager Wes Thornton said. “There has been no recession in the cigar business in Chattanooga. Our numbers have been out of the roof, which is why we [opened] a new store. We outgrew what we had.”
Owners of Chattanooga Billiard Club Phil and Janice Windham own the space in the building next door to CBC in what some people may know as the Shapiro Building.
Last week, leaders moved Burns into the 2,500-square-foot space on the first floor of that building.
The move cost $550,000, and there is room for further expansion on the second and third floors.
Within six to eight months, the second floor will be a private members lounge, and leaders have plans to eventually make the third floor into a banquet room.
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The private members lounge will be branded with Davidoff, which Thornton said is a high-end, luxury brand of cigar.
The new location is open, but leaders are still settling in, Thornton also said.
The products Burns currently carries are spaced out to fill up the much bigger area, and leaders will also add new merchandise, such as men’s gifts and accessories.
Customers may see bow-ties; leather goods, such as messenger bags and wallets; and pool cues at Burns in the future.
“As far as the store we are in now, it is much bigger,” he said. “We are separate from the bar [at CBC], but you can still get food and drink service here.”
A public lounge and an outdoor heated patio are also in the new space, he said.
Although the new location has only been open for a few days, they have been busy. And Thornton said customers who haven’t seen it yet will love it.
Cigar enthusiast Paul Smith said he has been a Burns customer since he started smoking cigars about 13 years ago. He hasn’t seen the new space, but he’s looking forward to it, he said.
Smith enjoys the cigar selection and “knowledgeable” staff.
“You can talk to the employees, give them a profile of the type of cigars you like and they will point you to other brands you may not have tried,” he said.
And the Burns employees get to know the “regulars,” Smith said.
Relationships are built over cigars, and Burns is a good place to cultivate new friendships, he said.
He hopes leaders add more lines and brands of cigars.
“Standing in a humidor to me is like being a kid standing in a candy shop, and nothing makes a kid happier than having more candy to choose from,” Smith said.