The following posting comes from Tiger Woo, a regular contributor on acigarsmoker.com
Perched on the southeast corner of Morris Park Avenue and Lurting Avenue in the Bronx, Ashes Tobacconist may seem out of place amongst the small, unpretentious eateries, bodegas, and beauty salons. As a cigar lounge and shop, the inherently haughty nature of its products and services seem to glare against its more humble surroundings. However, this glare is wholly inoffensive. Like the glistening of a diamond’s facets, Ashes Tobacconist’s glow intrigues the passerby.
On the evening I visited, I was especially drawn in by this glow which emanated through the shop’s large picture windows. Provided by a beautifully understated chandelier and various table lamps, the soft lighting combined with the shop’s classic, club room décor to create a truly inviting space. The smiles of the patrons seated within were unmistakably genuine; for despite its bourgeois appearance, the shop’s atmosphere is lithe and welcoming.
Inside, the crown jewel of the lounge is its walk-in humidor. Also encased in glass, the humidor showcases the shop’s wares on well-stocked, thoughtfully designed shelves. The variety available within this relatively small humidor would make other shops envious. Purveying the usual cigar staples, Ashes also caters to the aficionado who appreciates the nuances of smaller-production, boutique lines and the higher-end products of the usual suspects. Rest assured that these cigars are in perfect condition, humidified by several units perched atop the towering shelves.
Upon selecting a cigar and parking in one of the many comfortable seating options, one may truly take in the experience of the shop. Along with its soothing glow, Ashes’ beautifully designed space imparts a sense of luxury. The shop’s design was certainly a labor of love, so evidenced by its intricately painted walls, reminiscent of jacquard cloth, its beautiful crown molding, and its many beautifully carved display cases, showcasing cigar accessories. The exposed brick of the shop’s interior west wall adds yet more warmth to the space while its marble-clad bathroom truly underscores the richness of the space.
Despite its small size, perhaps 700 sq. ft., Ashes Tobacconist manages to pack in a great deal of ambiance and enjoyment for its clients. Its well-ventilated lounge stands as a gem amongst the few refuges that remain for cigar smokers. With its richly appointed interior and beautifully designed space, Ashes Tobacconist will surely become a destination for true aficionados.
1074 Morris Park Avenue
Bronx, NY 10461