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Shop Buildout, Part VII

The Final Building Inspections have been approved.
Greetings, friends of Habana Port! We come back today to our recurring series on how to construct a cigar shop as we invite you behind the scenes of the buildout of Habana Port’s Covington, LA location. In today’s post, we see the flooring is finished, our fixtures begin to come in and our inspections are finalized. We are close to finishing the construction and can then begin setting up the fixtures for the merchandising that has yet to have occurred. Enjoy the pictures and witness the creation of a cigar shop.

July 22, 2010

Our contractor installs the insulation above the ceiling tiles.

Another view. Notice this room has yet to have carpet.

Our pipe cabinet is waiting patiently in the smoking lounge.

The cigarette/small item cabinet is also waiting patiently in the lounge.

The humidor is getting its ceiling insulation. Still no electricity.

Tomorrow this room will receive its commercial-grade carpet.
July 23, 2010

Another day, another dollar.

The Humidor’s Entrance.

The Humidor is well-lit now.

The lounge is a mess now but it will clear away soon.

The carpet is installed as well as the vinyl baseboard. Much cleaner.

The Retail Area.
July 24, 2010

More fixtures and the Checkout Station have arrived.

It is important that a humidor never employs florescent lighting as it is harmful to and bleaches the cigars.

Now that the billboard is up, we want the public to know that we will be opening soon.
July 27, 2010

The Retail section with another cabinet that we had constructed with the remnant Spanish cedar. Notice the cabinets we had made have been stained to a darker color to match the wainscot.

Looking good.

Another view of the Humidor.

Our talented carpenter constructs our Pipe Tobacco cabinet and display fixture.
July 28, 2010

The Pipe Tobacco cabinet begins receiving its stain treatment.

The Checkout Station.

The Retail Section.

Looking towards the front of the Unit.

Another view of the Pipe Tobacco Cabinet.

Our Final Building Inspection Placard announces the Parish’s approval. Whew.
Until the next post, siempre fumando,
Habana Port
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