Don’t expect to see billowing clouds of smoke, just plenty of cigars in downtown Mount Dora’s newest retailer, Mount Dora Cigars. The small storefront on 5th Avenue opens tomorrow with almost two dozen cigar brands along with a hefty ventilation system to enjoy them.
Dillon Shelton and Estrella Ivette Herrera, an engaged couple, are co-owners of the new venture that will sell cigars between five dollars to twenty dollars. The most popular are likely to be the Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta, and Olivia. In addition to cigars, the minimalist shop will feature essential smoking accessories that include lighters, cutters, travel cases and lighter fuel. At some point, pipe tobacco will also be stocked.
Shelton, 23, was raised in the Knoxville, Tennessee, area and now resides in Ocoee. He worked in a cigar lounge before college and after finishing school last year decided to open his first store in Mount Dora because the small town gave him a familiar sense of home.
The couple plans to treat customers like family and will make recommendations after learning customers’ preferred flavor profiles. Although the store won’t be offering alcoholic beverages, customers can bring their own or take their cigars to one of the many downtown bars just a stone’s throw away.
Mount Dora Cigars is located at 129 W. 5th Avenue in downtown Mount Dora. It will be open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays it will be open from noon to 6 p.m.