Connecticut Cigar Company

Bringing "old school" back to Stamford



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I have to admit, when I first drove onto Bank Street and arrived at the Connecticut Cigar Company I was undoubtedly nervous. Not only did I know nothing about cigars, but I had never smoked one nor did I ever think I would. However, when I left that night I was fully schooled in cigars, even smoked my first one and made some new friends along the way.

The Connecticut Cigar Company is not your typical run of the mill cigar shop. This establishment is bringing the sophistication and elegance of the 1920s back to the 21st century, but with it’s own signature twist. CCC, which is coming up on it’s sixth anniversary this December, was born after owner Peter Falcetti failed to find a cigar lounge similar to the ones he frequented in Manhattan and decided to open shop on Bank Street in Stamford.

CCC has created a unique niche of its own, providing a wide variety of hand rolled, premium cigars as well as other accessories to Connecticut’s cigar afonicandos. It’s C3 lounge is reminiscent of a traditional gentleman’s club where members can come unwind, bring their own beer, wine or liquor, and smoke a fine cigar. Moreover, lounge members can lease a private humidor to keep their cigars fresh.

But unlike the ritzy, stiff establishments you find in the city, CCC prides itself on treating their customers like family. “It’s a very easy environment, we have everyone from blue collar workers to doctors to lawyers. We are all family. We know every one of our customers on a first-name basis,” said Nick Casinelli, part owner of CCC who graciously taught me the in's and out's of cigars.

“Cigars are a lot like wines,” said Casinelli. “It very much depends on the region, and blend.” CCC’s offerings include three year and seven year aged tobacco blends from Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, as well as some familiar name brands.

But the buck doesn’t stop there. CCC has a staff of experienced cigar rollers who specialize in the Dominican Republic cigar rolling style. Their cigar rollers are available for any special event from weddings to anniversaries to golf outings. “If I had a dollar for every time people said ‘wow’ at an event, I could retire,” Casinelli jokingly said.

So if you want a place to meet and network with great people or just want to stop by and pick up some one-of-a-kind cigars, CCC is the place to go.

Connecticut Cigar Company

43 Bank Street, Stamford, 203-425-9668; ctcigarco.com

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