In 2011, Davidoff of Geneva moved its headquarters from Connecticut to Tampa, but the cigar maker didn't have a lot of visibility in the original Cigar City.
The company celebrated the grand opening of its flagship store at MetWest International on Boy Scout Boulevard last week
"Since I've been here, we've been talking about how do we have a more significant presence in the Tampa market," said Jim Young, president of Davidoff of Geneva North America. "It's now the largest Davidoff store in the world, if I'm not mistaken."
The entire 5,000-square-foot interior is humidified and equipped with a powerful air handling system.
"I think it caters to those who are die-hard cigar smokers, occasional smokers or those who don't smoke at all," Young said.
Those who don't smoke will still enjoy the premium spirits bar.
"Tanya Borysiewicz has special relationships with whiskey makers. She gets special allotments of rare whiskeys that few others have," Young said, referring to half of the husband-wife duo, Jeff and Tanya Borysiewicz who are partners in the store with Davidoff.
Smokers can take advantage of lockers where VIP guests can store their favorite stogies and multiple lounges both indoor and outdoor to smoke.
"The staff really knows their stuff and can make a selection or help guests try something different from their normal cigar, or even beverage," Young said.
The MetWest location puts the flagship store among restaurants, the mall and professional offices.
"Guests can go for a steak at one of the restaurants then come here for a cigar. It's a great combination," Young said.
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