A Cigar Shop in a Car Wash - How Does This Make Sense?

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Cigars and cars mix perfectly at the newly combined El Cigar Shop and recently awarded "Best of Philly" Clean Machine Car Wash.

Smoking a premium, robust cigar is an experience to savor. Car wash clientele stand around bored while awaiting detailers to finish a pristine cleaning. An idea soon formed with a solution that has since turned into a one of a kind combination. Philadelphia area patrons can now smoke, talk, and shop for cigars at El Cigar Shop during one of their unlimited visits to the “Best of Philly” Clean Machine Car Wash.

“We had this car wash and offered unlimited visits, but people just stood around when they came,” says El Cigar Shop manager Larry Rhoads. “Some stared at their phones. Some smoked. How cool would it be to have a cigar shop and smoking area for them to hang out at while waiting?”

That crazy idea quickly proved to be a bold, successful venture. In August 2018, Clean Machine Car Wash received the “Best of Philly” award from Philadelphia Magazine. El Cigar Shop has moved on to succeed in both local and online sales, something difficult for any local tobacco store to accomplish.

First established in 2010, El Cigar Shop has now become the premier local cigar shop in the suburban Philadelphia area. Its motto is to provide perfectly kept premium cigars at the best prices available. The shop is run and operated daily by Larry, best described as an eccentric cigar expert, and this unique combination makes for a cigar shopping experience unlike any other.

Along with the seemingly endless inventory of cigars in-store, El Cigar Shop boasts all the cigars and cigar smoking accessories online, too. Though their deals are always changing, it's the price-matching guarantee that proves it's not about the money. Rather, it's the experience they are intent on sharing.

With a collection of over 650 high-quality cigars, every level of cigar enthusiast can find a suitable stogie. Combine that with a club membership that allows a limitless number of car washes, no cigar lovers are ever at a loss to find an excuse to drop by for a fresh smoke and shine.

To shield the extensive cigar collection from the wet, damp environment, a full-size walk-in humidor covers the entire premise of the cigar store. This ensures that every cigar is protected and stored safely, keeping them ready to enjoy at a moment’s notice.

Say a visitor's palate prefers a smooth Ashton or a full-bodied AJ Fernandez cigar. Or perhaps a casual smoker wants an infused delicacy, like an ACID or CAO Flavours. Not only are they available, but the price matching guarantee proves for an endlessly fruitful venture.

Maybe a more refined aficionado comes looking to smoke and discuss a rare, hard-to-find cigar unique to a specific region? El Cigar Shop can expound upon and share unique knowledge in just about every area of cigar history.

“We love cigars. We love people. And everyone loves a clean car,” says Larry.

It seems to be a shared sentiment many Philly locals are happy to confirm.

To learn more about El Cigar Shop, visit - https://www.elcigarshop.com/

To learn more about Clean Machine Car Wash, visit - https://www.facebook.com/CleanMachineGlenside/

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