The Brig Cigar Lounge Coming to Downtown Erie
The latest business among the Erie Downtown Development Corporation projects is a cigar lounge.
The Brig Cigar Lounge will be located on the third floor of the Bonnell Building on State Street above the Primo Tailor business.
The business will be formally announced during a private event Wednesday evening at Perry's Tavern in the Flagship City Foodhall.
Erie native Josh Habursky, who is the chief lobbyist for the Premium Cigar Association already owns a cigar lounge in Quantico, Virginia, and now plans to open the next one in his hometown.
It will have a humidor of course, lockers for club-level regulars and even a barber chair.
When the lounge is finished, cigar aficionados will be able to purchase and enjoy premium cigars. They will include some made just for the Erie market with names like Carronade, a nod to Oliver Hazard Perry and local history.
In fact, the decor will pay tribute to Erie history with the hope of attracting cigar loving locals, tourists and people celebrating special occasions.
"Being The Brig Cigar Lounge, we are very much tying this into the War of 1812 the Oliver Hazard Perry theme," said Habursky. "It's going to be a bit of a history museum in addition to a place where people can sit back, relax and enjoy a cigar."
"The owners and operators are world-class," said John Persinger, CEO of Erie Downtown Development Corporation. "They're going to create a destination place for people who are here in the community but also visitors. To add them into the great roster of tenants already in downtown is so exciting for us."
The cigars sold in The Brig Cigar Lounge in Erie will be made in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Honduras or Florida.
Habursky hopes to have pop-up business spots in time for the Tall Ships Festival and open the lounge in the fall.