New Cigar Shop Finder: CigarPlaces.com

Arganese Double Wrap ChairmansAs I’ve seen it reported on Cigar Command and Today’s Cigar Reviews and News (kudos for the find guys!), there’s a brand new resource out there for people in search of a good place to buy or enjoy a fine cigar. And the best part, it is has an easy to remember URL: CigarPlaces.com.

What the website is, essentially, is a customized mash-up of Google Maps that allows you to ad your favorite cigar-friendly establishment or search for shops based upon a U.S. city. Simple enough, right? But then many of the best ideas are shockingly simple. In speaking with my good friend Jesse from Cigar Jack, our initial thought was “Man, why didn’t I think of that?” With all the frenzied rush to outlaw smoking in every place under the sun, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find a place where you can still indulge in a premium smoke!

So Cigar Places definitely a website I’d recommend all cigar enthusiasts take advantage of. If for no other reason than to make it easier for those of us who spend time on the road to find a smoke shop when we find ourselves away from home. As with a lot of things on the web, the more it’s used, the more useful it becomes.

OK, now that I’ve lavished praise on this great new website, here are a few things I’d really like to see added in the future:

  • International listings. I think the site supports this, but it isn’t obvious.
  • The ability to search on a whole state in addition to a city or state.
  • I’d like to see shops in nearby cities as well as the city I searched. Searching for Atlanta excludes shops in Alpharetta. Perhaps this is a feature we could switch on or something.
  • A larger map view. Perhaps a link to go “full screen” or something.
  • Special markers for manufacturers.
  • Maybe some sort of rating or review system. (Yeah, I’m really going out on a limb here.)

Of course, the website is new, and is a great resource as is. I’m just throwing out some ideas. Do you have any ideas? Now go add your favorite smoke shop to the list!

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4 Comments

  1. Ricky said,

    February 27, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Brian, I had that same “why didn’t I think of this” reaction too. It’s so easy and yet it completely escaped me.

  2. Brian said,

    February 27, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Yeah Ricky,
    Things like this just kill me. But no sour grapes here, I hope that whoever it is that put this site together is richy rewarded for his troubles! I’ve already added a favorite shop of mine, Blue Havana II to the site.

    I really hope it catches on, I really could have used this site on my cross-country road trip last year!

  3. Carlos said,

    February 28, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    This is a great idea but it’s been done already. Sorry to sour the party.

    http://find.mapmuse.com/re1/interest.php?brandID=CIGAR_SHOPS&authCod=oran

  4. Chris said,

    April 6, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    This is a pretty old post, but I can’t tell you enough how much I appreciate the review of the site that you did when we first launched.

    Here’s an update on your feature request list!

    - International Listings – We officially launched this today – exciting news. There’s a blog post about it here: http://cigarfriend.ly/a1uH1B

    - Shops in Nearby Cities – Clicking on a cigar-friendly location will take you to that location’s page. The page now includes a list of other cigar-friendly locations in the area. It might not be as zoomed out as what you were thinking of, but it’s there now (and we can always alter it).

    - Ratings & Reviews – I started with what I thought was probably the most important, and that was the ability to flag a location as unfriendly. We just added that feature. There’s also a comment section that people have been using to add reviews.

    Not quite everything you asked for, but we’re getting there!
    -Chris
    CigarPlaces.com
    http://twitter.com/cigarplaces


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