In the heart of East Nashville, where Gallatin Avenue turns into Main St. is a small slice of heaven where locals and tourists can gather 7 days a week…and most days, into the wee hours of the morning. Smoker’s Abbey, which opened in 2013, is a small neighborhood tobacconist with a large selection of boutique cigars, handcrafted tobacco pipes, cigar accessories and apparel and now regional craft beers by the bottle, can and on tap.

Screen Shot 2017-01-13 at 11.32.18 PMEnvisioned to just be a spot where he and his buddies could hang out and smoke cigars and pipes, owner Joshua Stump’s idea turned into a full-fledged business. “My intent was never to compete with other shops in the area, I just wanted a place to relax and hang out with good people,” says Stump. Three years later, Smoker’s Abbey has become the spot in Middle Tennessee to find those unique and small batch cigars that other brick and mortar shops cannot get or won’t take a chance on.

Affectionately known as “The Abbey” to those that frequent it, the staff has managed to create an atmosphere of community, as there seem to be no strangers in the establishment. With a slogan that boasts to provide “Peace for Your Soul”, they promote the lifestyle of enjoying fine cigars and fellowshipping with like-minded individuals and lovers of the leaf. Providing a little something for everyone, Smoker’s Abbey is frequented by professionals taking a quick break during their workdays and those that just want to meet up for herfs or cigar gatherings at night. Newcomers and experienced cigar smokers alike are welcomed, as the knowledgeable staff is well equipped to educate and help clients find a special gift, a cigar that suits your immediate need, or one to take home and enjoy on your patio.

Business for Smoker’s Abbey has been on the rise despite looming FDA regulations, which are threatening to put insurmountable taxes and stipulations on the cigar industry. While manufacturers have been hesitate to release new cigars because of the restrictions, Smoker’s Abbey just recently introduced their very own house blend cigar called the Saint Francis. Produced by the Esteban Carreras Cigar Company out of California, the Saint Francis, who is the Patron Saint of Nature and founder of The Franciscan Order, was the inspiration and impetus for the shop’s owner and management team to create their signature stick.

Saint Francis Wrapper:Nicaraguan Habano Maduro Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Vitola for Eval: 5 1/2 x 54 Toro

Brandishing a deep, dark chocolate brown wrapper, the Abbey house blend is a silky and attractive cigar, complete with an in-shop applied chocolate colored ribbon (representing the brown habit or monk’s cloak of Saint Francis) as opposed to the paper cigar labels we’re accustomed to seeing. The construction of the Saint Francis is very traditional and rugged in that it sports a Cuban-styled “pigtail” and a “shaggy” unfinished foot. The taste of the cigar is anything but traditional though, as the Nicaraguan tobacco looks and tastes very similar to that of a milk stout craft beer. Deep rich cocoa notes, nutmeg, sugar and cream combine to make a complex and enjoyably smooth smoke.

In September, Smoker’s Abbey took their offerings up one more notch as they began to offer craft beer. From Wiseacre Brewing out of Memphis, Yee Haw Brewing Company of Johnson City, to Good People Brewing Company from Alabama, the Abbey has a constant rotation of taps and bottles to ensure consumers have plenty of beverage options every few weeks.

Seeking to provide their clients with whatever their palates crave, be it fine cigars or great local beer, Smoker’s Abbey has become a one-stop shop in East Nashville and Middle Tennessee for those that enjoy an easy-going, fun vibe. Smoker’s Abbey is located at 604 Gallatin Avenue, Suite 102, Nashville, TN, and they are open everyday to partake in a fine cigar and a beverage with you, encouraging you to find that rest for your soul.

By Justin Harris

 

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