Shop Review: Tobaccology (Manassas, VA)
Posted by dabyrdman33 on January 30, 2012
Tobaccology is a brand new B&M located in Manassas, VA on Route 28 near Bristow & Linton Hall Roads. I was fortunate enough to snag an invite to the “Founding Fathers’ Herf” prior to the official opening on January 30th. Boasting a walk-in humidor completely lined with Spanish cedar, the cigar collection ranges from Alec Bradley and La Flor Dominicana to 262 Cigars and El Primer Mundo. The lobby lounge sports two HD monitors (43″ & 32″) featuring sports, news, and the occasional pay-per-view event. With leather chairs and bistro tables, the lobby lounge is equipped to seat 14 comfortably with ample standing space for product placement and events.
The members only lounge in the rear sports a couple of cozy leather couches, a poker table, coffee machine, and two more HD monitors (51″ & 43″). The shop currently has 18 lockers for members with plans to expand. Currently memberships are $10 per month or $120 per year. Lockers are $80 per year bringing the total membership cost to $200 per year. Plans are currently in the works for lifetime memberships, but nothing has been formalized.
The owner, Brett Fry, is very proud of his new baby and looking forward to changing the cigar shop profile in the area. He has instituted a referral policy where current customers will receive a $5 gift card for each new referral. According to Brett, “It’s about character and relationships. I don’t have anything else kitschy or cliche to say.” After working at Old Virginia Tobacco Company in Manassas, Brett decided it was time to venture out on his own. Surrounded by a growing retail area, he feels he has an ideal location for cigar enthusiasts facing limited choices in venues to light up a cigar in lieu of current smoking bans.
Overall, this shop offers many of the comforts of home with a nice selection of cigars and many more to come. I recommend taking the time to stop by and give them a shot. Tobaccology definitely gets my “seal of approval”.
Until next time,