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International House of Stogies (iStogies) brands iteself as "the ultimate cigar lounge experience" and they are not overestimating their lounge presence. They are the new kid on the block and opened approximately 8 months ago in Missouri City, TX. The lounge features a very upbeat decor and a nicely stocked selection of cigars, featuring some very hard to find brands. There is ample parking, a very large outdoor patio and some very comfortable smokers chairs inside that invite you to sit down and enjoy your smoke. The brick decor and dark woods, accented by the red leather chairs, gives this shop a very different feel from other area lounges...it's different in the very best sense of the word.
There is also a very spacious private lounge which features front and rear seating, access to another patio, large screen televisions, and private lockers made of the finest Spanish cedar and all perfectly temperature controlled. The shop has been very busy over the last few months, hosting community cigar events, growing their social network following, and gaining in popularity with the local cigar lovers. Their members include some very notable figures in the greater Houston area and as the iStogies brand continues to grow I have no doubt their membership numbers will continue to increase.
What impressed me the most was the customer service in the shop. It was truly second to none. We have all had that "you don't belong here" experience with different lounges but iStogies staff is very welcoming and extremely knowledgable. Whether you are a first time smoker or a seasoned aficionado, their staff will do whatever they can to make your cigar buying and smoking experience the very best it can be. During one of my stops at the lounge I spent some time with iStogies owner, John Simmons, and I complemented him on the lounge and it's success. He stated "he wanted to make sure everything was right before he opened and wanted to give his customers the very best cigar lounge and buying experience possible" and this lover of the leaf thinks he's nailed it perfectly.
If you're heading down Highway 6 and you're in the Sugar Land or Missouri City area I highly recommend you stop by and take a look at what iStogies has to offer or visit their website www.istogies.com and place your order for some of their finely selected cigars.