A.J. Fernandez Cigars has announced the unveiling of the A.J. Fernandez Lounge at The Perfect Smoke Cigar Lounge located at 213 South Lee Street in Salisbury, North Carolina. The Perfect Smoke s owned and operated by Darren Moody and has been in business since July 26, 2012. A revitalized 1870s Victorian house is the home to The Perfect Smoke making it one of the most unique cigar lounges in the United States.
|Photo Credit: The Perfect Smoke|
Talks of creating a A.J. Fernandez Lounge began in December 2013 when Moody and store manager Jeff Watkins traveled to Nicaragua. During a visit to the A.J. Fernandez factory, the duo struck a friendship with A.J. Fernandez. This soon led to talks of creating the A.J. Fernandez Lounge for The Perfect Smoke.
|Left to Right: Darren Moody, A.J. Fernandez, Jeff Watkins|
“I came away very impressed with A.J. as a person, and his first class operation in Nicaragua. I myself, being a huge fan of his cigars, felt inspired to create the A.J. Fernandez Lounge,” said Moody in a press release announcing the lounge.
The lounge is known for some of the art work present there. Once you are inside the A.J. Fernandez lounge, there is a life sized mural of Fernandez standing in front of his curing barn at the San Lotano fields. The lounge is also adorned with images of Fernandez either rolling new blends and fields. The lounge is furnished with dark leather furniture. Of course, the A.J. Fernandez logo appears throughout the lounge along with boxes and branded material.
|Darren Moody (Left), Jeff Watkins in front of A.J. Fernandez artwork|
The shop has a walk in humidor that is 100 square feet in size and home to a 150 lines of premium, long-filler handmade cigars from Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic.
|Jeff Watkins (Left), Darren Moody (Right)|
The Victorian home helps make The Perfect Smoke one of the most unique shops in America. The shop has different rooms that have different themes such as a golf theme, a train theme, a hunting theme, and a library. The shop is located in Salisbury, North Carolina’s historic district. In fact, Moody was recognized by the Historic Salisbury Foundation for revitalizing the building.