Ocean City Today

Puff Cigar Lounge and Humidor now open on Talbot St.

By Kara Hallissey | Jul 13, 2017
Photo by: Kara Hallissey Owner Jay Shoup shows off the humidor room at Puff Cigar Lounge on Talbot Street Monday afternoon. Wrapped and unwrapped cigars are kept fresh when stored at 70 degrees and the humidor automatically measures the humidity and temperature of the room.

(July 14, 2017) Puff Cigar Lounge and Humidor on Talbot Street has more than 3,000 cigars from at least 60 brands.

“We pride ourselves on making it an experience and educating people just starting out or giving recommendations to someone who has been smoking for years,” owner Jay Shoup said. “Some people want a regular cigar, others like infused coffee, chocolate mint or whipped cream.”

Starting at $3.99, a wide variety of choices from harsh cigars to sweet and flavored are stored in a humidor, which automatically measures the humidity and temperature of the room. Wrapped and unwrapped cigars are kept fresh when stored at 70 degrees.

“We cater to everyone,” Shoup said. “It is such a niche market and knowing the specifics is important.”

In addition to cigars, visitors can purchase accessories, lighters, cutters, gift sets, ash trays, apparel and travel humidors.

The lounge area encourages customers to hang out in the 12-seat room with two big-screen televisions and smoke cigars.

“We want to make it a shopping experience and are happy to take the time to explain, educate or give recommendations,” Shoup said. “The reception has been great. People can see us when they come across the Route 50 bridge.”

The property has a covered porch with several rocking chairs to accommodate those who want to smoke outdoors. There are cornhole boards and customers 21 and older can BYOB.

Shoup, who is originally from western Maryland and moved to Ocean City in 1992, has always been into cigars, which led him to tour a number of smoking lounges in Pennsylvania this winter with friends.

“I talked to owners and figured I’d give it a shot,” Shoup said.

Shoup started looking for a place to rent and found the Talbot Street location a couple of months later. During the spring, Puff Cigar Lounge and Humidor came to fruition with cigars, furniture and a new paint job before opening in mid-May.

In the near future, Shoup plans to add a deep-fried doughnut shop to the adjacent room.

In addition, at least one rolling event is planned for July and August, where visitors can watch aces roll cigars. The cigar shop has a 30 percent discount on “ladies’ night” for women, which is every Saturday after 6 p.m.

Puff Cigar Lounge and Humidor, located at 210 Talbot Street, is open seven days a week, from noon to 8 p.m., Sunday through Thursday and noon to 10 p.m. or later on Fridays and Saturdays. The shop will be open year round, with limited hours.

For more information, check out www.puffsessions.com or call 410-390-7077.

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