Dapper Gent of the Week: John Smith

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Today’s dapper gentleman (Dapper Gent) of the week is John Smith out of Atlanta, GA.

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If there’s one thing that can be said about happiness, it’s that it’s subjective. What makes one person happy could make another person, unhappy. However, I believe that happiness is the natural state of humanity. And, one’s pursuit of happiness is defined as your fundamental right, to freely pursue your own joy according to your wants, needs, and likes, as well as living life in a way that meets your definition of happiness, not anyone else’s!

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Therefore, when our “Dapper Gent” John, picked-up his first cigar, which was a Rocky Patel Vintage 1999 Perfecto, 10 years ago. He had no idea the instant joy, happiness, and connection that he would gain, internally from having a cigar. At the time, he initially figured, if he tried visiting cigar locations as a resource, to connect with individuals further up the corporate ladder than himself that this could possibly help his career, since he would be connecting with individuals that he normally wouldn’t have the opportunity to meet, and/or network with.


As John begun his pursuit for fulfillment, to improve his professional connections, he went to a small cigar shop that was located a crossed the street from his job, 10 years ago, and bought two cigars. That Rocky Patel and a Chateau Fuente, and from this moment, he became instantly connected to having an appreciation for cigars, further than he imagined.  And, this led John into the “Cigar Lifestyle.” John truly enjoys every aspect of the cigar lifestyle. He likes the connection and relationships that are built with the people in the community, he loves the culture and the overall cigar scene in general.

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It is truly a lifestyle for John!

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John believes that cigars are the vehicles that allow him to enjoy all of life’s splendor. And, because of his pursuit and hunger to grow professionally, which started 10 years ago, has now turned into a true passion for John! John has even started curating humidors for lounges, as a way for everyone to enjoy the boutique cigars that are often overlooked for the “Major” brands. He takes pride in this specialty and open to taking on offers to assist business owners and cigar lounge owners with this process. Also, John will be launching a few other projects to bring the art of pairing to the masses. Especially, since cigars and paring is so intriguing to John and his passion.


John’s taste in beverages, is just as diverse, as his taste in cigars. What he has while smoking varies depending on the cigar & blend type, the time of day, what he’s eating, and a myriad of other factors. He takes pairing very seriously, as well as it’s his business, so he does not want to misrepresent himself.  However, he loves a hand-crafted cocktail and he’s also a bourbon enthusiast, so you’ll often see him firing up with a glass of overproof bourbon.


When it comes to naming a favorite cigar, he loves the Padron 80th Anniversary, because it’s refined and balanced, the delivery of pepper, leather, chocolate and earthy goodness makes this cigar, his top choice.  Also, Cornelius & Anthony is one of his favorite new brands. John has a plethora of cigar knowledge and advises on pairing specific blends to perfectly match your palate.


John is our Dapper Gent because of his well-informed knowledge base about cigars and cigar pairings, his awareness of how necessary it is to be well-versed personally and professionally, he’s very proficient, an expert at knowing up-to-date cigars news and brands, because he stays abreast and very familiar with the trends related to fashion and cigars, and he’s a very well-grounded dapper gentleman.

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You can find out more about this Dapper Gent on his IG page:@cigars_beer_happiness

Author: Naimah “Ni” Pears


Welcome, I’ am Naimah “Ni” Pears! I always wanted to have a platform to share some of my creativity, as well as my enjoyment for writing, loving cigars, bourbon, and whiskey, and way too many other cool things to name all here.  However, I hope you will continue to visit Red Lips and Cigar Sticks, the magazine, to learn more about me and the Cigar Lifestyle. I’ am not an expert, but I am extremely knowledgeable!

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