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Today’s dapper gentleman (Dapper Gent) of the week is Julian Griffin out of Columbia, Tennessee.
Julian is a business owner and a veteran cigar smoker of 25 years. Julian is the Co-Owner of Battleground South Cigar Lounge, a premier destination for cigars, fine lounging, and the best in blues and jazz, which is in the historic area of Columbia, Tennessee.
This lounge specializes in boutique cigars, fine spirits and offers discounts to military, first responders and city employees.
Julian was first introduced to cigars at a graduation party, and at this party, everyone was smoking cigars except for him. Therefore, he decided to partake in the “Cigar Herf,” to avoid feeling left out. And, as with many of us, his first experience was not an enjoyable one. Julian was an inexperienced smoker, not knowledgeable about cigars, and of course, no one told him not to inhale, and as a result, he became very queasy and sick.
Though the start of Julian’s cigar journey did not go over smoothly, he did not let that discourage him, he found a great deal of passion for smoking cigars, which inspired him to go into business, and Battleground South Cigar Lounge has been in business for roughly ten years and the owners will be opening a third location, in Nashville, TN, in the winter of 2019.
When Julian is having a cigar, he likes to pair his cigar with a bold Cabernets and cask strength Bourbons.
Being a cigar shop owner, you have a plethora of cigars that you are exposed to daily, and as a good shop owner, you want to be as knowledgeable as required about your products and merchandise so you can provide information to your consumers, as well as enlightening to others. Therefore, Julian does not have a specific favorite cigar, but he has really been enjoying three blenders, the Blackbird Cigar Company (Jonas Santana blender), DBL – Dominican Big Leaguer (Francisco Almonte blender) and anything by AJ Fernandez. According to Julian, each one of these blenders seems to have mastered the art of the discerning smokers’ profile.
Julian is our Dapper Gent of the week for his business practices, and he boldly contacted me and said that he wanted to be featured in our blog, which impressed me, and I was overjoyed and overzealous about that action and had to feature Mr. Griffin.
Also, here’s a perfect example as to why you should not judge a book by its cover:
Jam and puff on Brother of the Leaf (BOTL)!!!!!!
Furthermore, there are some really great things about Battleground South such as they provide a sanctuary to create memorable experiences, in an elegant domain for smoking cigars and sipping on bourbon.
Julian and Megan Griffin created Battleground South for those looking to slow down a little and enjoy the things we take for granted.
You can find out more about this Dapper Gent and his establishment on their IG page: @battlegroundsmokesandspirits
Author: Naimah “Ni” Pears
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