Monday, November 10, 2008
Jolly Bansal (pictured at left) is the owner and shop keeper of TOBACCO LEAF in Lawrenceville New Jersey. Opened in 2005, TOBACCO LEAF, located in the Mercer Mall at 3349 Rt.1 South, is the result of Mr. Bansal's years of research and first hand experience in the tobacco industry. Prior to opening the Lawrenceville shop, Jolly had been in the business with his uncle for over 35 years with several shops located in Maryland. It's the years of experience combined with Jolly's dedication to providing quality tobacco to his customers that make this shop a worthy place to visit when in the area. "The first thing you notice upon walking in, is the wall to wall humidor with a ton of cigars, I was blown away by the amount of cigars" said Jim Blauvelt of Lawrenceville, a regular customer who first happened upon the shop a year ago. With over 3,300 cigars, Tobacco Leaf is a stogie lovers dream shop. Some of the top quality manufacturers in stock include Camacho, Padron, Davidoff, Ashton, P.G. and Gurkha. In addition to carrying the more common of these lines, Jolly also stocks many of the more exclusive and hard to come buy collections such as the Romeo y Julieta Museum series, Ashton's ESG,VSG and cabinet series, Viaje and Tatuaje. Some of these cigars are only available once a year and shipments are limited. Fortunately for Jolly's regular customers, he's built solid relationships with many of the companies and they continue to offer him their best. "Besides having a great choice of cigars, Jolly has taught me a lot about what I'm smoking and has always helped me make informed decisions" said Tom Newman of Princeton. As a customer myself, I can tell you Jolly sure does offer great advice and provides good information if ever in doubt. "Many cigar shops and stores think that the customers don't always know what they want or that they're not intelligent" says Jolly. "I just guide those who ask me to and I provide my knowledge when needed." The main goal: Give people great choices and great customer service.
In addition to finding a fine line of cigars, the shop also carries an impressive line of Hookahs, pipe tobaccos and cigarettes as well as a full line of accessories including humidors, cigar cutters, lighters, cases and ashtrays. One of the finer lines of accessories is the new Lamborghini collection.(pictured below)
The big news at TOBACCO LEAF right now is that in a few weeks, the cigar tasting lounge will open up! After months of battling the township and health dept., the permits have been granted and customers will be able to enjoy a smoke in the designated area of the shop.
So whether you're a first time cigar/tobacco smoker, a true aficionado or just someone looking for a great gift, TOBACCO LEAF should definitely be on the top of your list for selection and fine service!
TOBACCO LEAF is open M-Thurs 10:30 am to 9:30 pm, Fri and Sat-10:30 to 10:00pm and Sundays 11:00 am to 7:30 pm.
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