YORK-A retired military police officer is opening a cigar lounge in the Greater Williamsburg area.
A grand opening is scheduled for August 28 for Dawg Houz Cigars & Accessories. The new business will open at 318 Bypass Road, once the site of a former 7-Eleven convenience store.
Owner Kell Glass decided to open his own business upon retiring from the U.S. Army in February 2021 after 32 years in the service.
“I was trying to figure out what was next after retirement,” Glass said. “I always wanted to start my own business and I like smoking cigars, so I thought, ‘Why not open a cigar lounge?’”
Since April, Glass has been renovating the space with the help of his family and another veteran, Alonza Hardman. Dawg Houz Cigars & Accessories will feature humidors with 50 different fine cigar labels to start as well as cigar lockers for those who want to keep their cigars at the lounge.
“We want to carry as many lines of cigars as we can,” Glass said. “The humidors can hold up to 400 labels. That is the eventual goal. Cigars are like wine, and we want to have different cigars available for cigar smokers to try.”
In addition to cigars, Dawg Houz Cigars & Accessories will carry products like cutters, lighters, pokers, coasters, and other merchandise. The lounge will also boast televisions to watch sporting events and movies as well as a special Green Zone dedicated to all service members and first responders.
Glass envisions his cigar lounge to be a place where people of all backgrounds can gather to relax, mingle, and network.
“Smoking cigars is a social event,” Glass said. “No one wants to smoke cigars alone. We want to build an atmosphere where people can sit and get to know each other. We want it to be a place like Cheers, where everyone knows your name.”
The grand opening of Dawg Houz Cigars & Accessories will be Saturday, August 28, from 4pm to 10pm. Hours of operation will be Monday through Saturday, 11am to 10pm and Sunday, noon to 6pm. For more information, click here.