If a friend hadn’t coaxed Quentin Gardiner into smoking a Cuban cigar 12 years ago, Edmonton would today not have the only cigar lounge west of Quebec.
“My cigar that day was a Cuban Cohiba Siglo VI that was long, robust and complex,” says the accountant.
“I’ve been a cigar enthusiast since that first smoke.”
Gardiner interested friends in the “tranquility and camaraderie” of cigar smoking and together last August they opened the $2.2-million Q Cigar Room.
“The River Cree Development Corp. was constructing freestanding buildings east of the casino. We approached them about opening a cigar room,” says Greg Nash, a friend of Gardiner’s and president of Seagate Contract Management, which constructed Q.
“The band was very receptive to our idea and it has been a pleasure to work with them. First Nation land is the only place we could get permission to open a cigar room.”
Gardiner had always enjoyed visiting cigar lounges throughout the U.S and decided many people had the wrong idea about smoking cigars in them.
“Cigars are not meant to be inhaled and consist of pure tobacco,” he says.
“It’s well documented cigarettes have some 600 additives, which are principally designed to make them more addictive.
“Cigars are not addictive and Q is attracting customers who want to simply socialize over a drink and enjoy great food.”
“We also use a state of the art ventilation system with air pressure pushing smoke immediately up and out through specially designed air outlets.”