The Rocky Mountain Cigar Company opened in Fairplay May 25 and is located in the Sinclair gas station shopping area on U.S. Highway 285.
Owner Scott Gardner said, “We are an LLC doing business as Rocky Mountain Cigar Company and this is a cigar shop and lounge where you can smoke inside.”
He added, “We are open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with future plans to extend hours later.”
The cigars are premium cigars and customers have included cigar aficionados from all over, as well as first time cigar smokers. In addition to buying and smoking cigars, customers can bring their own alcohol. Future plans may include a license to serve alcohol, but for now it is “bring your own bottle.”
The first month in operation has exceeded Gardner’s expectations. He did a “slow opening,“ with no social media advertisement and has had a great reception with lots of customers so far.
When deciding on this business, Gardner noted that, “The only place for people to go to get out of their house is a bar, and this is an alternative.”
Additionally, Gardner saw the demand for his product and explained, “Summit County added cigars into the same 80 percent taxation category as cigarettes, and I knew the time and place was right to open in South Park.”
Gardner has a background in small business, operating a guide service, but this is his first time in the retail industry. He credits much of his skills learned from his work as an adventure outdoors guide, including fishing guide and work on a ski patrol. He now uses those same customer service skills and guides customers in their cigar selection.
Much more than cigars
Gardner says the business mission is “To build an adventure-based ‘community center’ in Park County.”
To that end, the cigar company serves as a place to connect with guides for fishing and other outdoor adventures. Gardner is a guide with Mt. Angler of Breckeridege for fly fishing trips, and also a guide for the Marina at Elevenmile State Park.
In the future, customers will be able to sign up for raft trips and other outdoor adventures at RMCC.
RMCC will also be adding a professional, high end golf simulator. Gardner explained this is a professional, $12,000 machine that many golfers will enjoy,
Gardner and his wife and daughter moved to Park County in 2015 and live in the RedHill Forest subdivision (outside of Fairplay).
New to cigars?
Per the cigarsinternational.com website, cigars 101 section, where beginners can obtain information about cigars, it states that “Generally speaking, all cigars are more or less the same in appearance: long and cylindrical.
“This shape is generally referred to as a parejo, meaning parallel in Spanish. Although many popular figurado shapes, such as torpedos, perfectos, etc., are available today, but the vast majority of premium cigars sold today are still parejos.”
Properly described, the shape of a cigar is measured according to length and diameter. The length of a cigar is measured in inches, but the diameter is measured according to its ring gauge. Ring gauge is a unit of measurement divisible by 64.
The website also explains: “Most cigars have a ring gauge of 64 or less. There’s no real trick to this – the ring gauge system may appear confusing at first, but it is simply an antiquated system that measures the diameter of a cigar in units of 64 (64 is equal to 1 inch). Therefore, a ring gauge of 48 would be 3/4 of an inch thick (48/64).”
For the cigar that fits you, stop in the RMCC and consult in person with Gardner, who is happy to guide you to a cigar that satisfies your taste buds.
Grand Opening July 4
The weekend of July 4, RMCC will have a grand opening that will include special pairings from Snitching Lady Distillery.
Call the RMCC directly at 218-556-3809 for more information, or access their Facebook page: Rocky Mountain Cigar Company.