If you love to smoke a good cigar and really want to share this experience with the rest of the world, then you may wish to open a cigar bar. In the bar, you can sell both cigars and drinks to the patrons, and you can even teach your visitors about the unique cigars you sell. But while this will be a fun undertaking for you, it will also be a challenging one. You can get the challenge under control and make the experience go more smoothly if you're careful not to overlook the essential steps below.
1. Consult with a smoke control system company.
With so many people smoking indoors, you're going to need some type of system to get rid of the smoke. There are companies that specialize in designing smoke control systems. Once you've decided on a space for your cigar bar, have such a smoke control system design company come take a look at the space. They can make recommendations either for a pre-made system or a custom-built one that will suit your needs. Depending on how you will arrange the bar, they can tell you the best place to put the air discharge valves and other equipment.
2. Look into local regulations.
If you live in a state that restricts smoking indoors -- and many do these days -- you need to look into the regulations regarding cigar bars. Most states do still permit cigar bars, but they make stipulations as to the percentage of profit that must be made from tobacco, as opposed to other goods, in order for the establishment to be legal. Find out what these regulations are in your state so you can plan your business accordingly.
3. Talk to cigar suppliers.
If you pay full retail price for all of your cigars, you'll never make a profit. So you need to contact cigar companies about their wholesale prices. Some will have established wholesale prices that they offer to cigar bars who buy in bulk. For others, selling wholesale may be a whole new experience -- but you can work with them to find a price that provides them with a profit and does not cost your business an arm and a leg.
4. Decide if you will serve food.
This is a big question because it determines what kind of venue you need to look for and how many employees you need to hire. If you do want to serve food, you must find a place with a kitchen, and you must hire kitchen staff. If you don't want to serve food, things will be even simpler.