The Story of Cigar King

From Chicago to Scottsdale

By Daz Herring - The Smoking Gun Cigar Review  Published May 2nd, 2011


I was sitting in my office this morning and reflecting on my personal history. You see I haven’t been in the cigar business for 40 years. Rather I started my career as a commodity trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Learning everything I could from veteran traders wasn’t easy, but I absorbed everything I could to better myself and grow as a responsible trader. The life isn’t an easy one. It’s high stress and requires a great deal of patience and understanding.

One thing that caught my attention and ended up being my impetus for leaving the “trader” life was a fine, premium cigar. Many of my mentors and friends would venture out after a day of trading and smoke a cigar on the Lakefront. It was a tremendous opportunity to relax and “vacation” for an hour. So, I decided to buy my father’s store in the suburbs and turn it into the ultimate cigar lounge where people could enjoy a good cigar year round in a comfortable setting akin to their own living room. The Cigar King was born.

I’ll fast forward a bit here. The Cigar King in Skokie, IL quickly established a reputation (that it still holds to this day) as a premier destination for cigar smokers. I established a premier mail order web site (www.cigarking.com) where customers all over the world could purchase their favorite premium cigars at discount prices. This business grew by leaps and bounds and I was ready for another challenge.

So, I headed out west and settled in the Scottsdale, AZ area. I moved CigarKing.com out here and opened another retail location in the middle of an industrial park. It may not seem like the best location for a cigar lounge, but it has many advantages in this day and age. The “smoking police” don’t bother us. We’ve got plenty of parking and a facility that is a true oasis for cigar smokers. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a cigar!