Churchill’s – still smoking

The most comprehensive cigar store in the Western Caribbean can be found in the back corner of Island Plaza, George Town.

As well as the 130 Cuban and 70 non-Cuban cigar varieties on offer, there is also a wonderful selection of smoking accessories, hip-flasks and t-shirts for the smoker that has everything.

Churchill’s cigars began back in 1996 as brainchild of former Island Companies director Lee Aronfield. Armed with nothing but enthusiasm and a willingness to learn, company founder Renard Moxam jumped on a plane to Cuba and started making friends.

In just a short period he had set up a relationship with the Cuban cigar monopoly’s distribution arm – Habanos SA, a relationship so fruitful that supplier contact Juan Moya left Habanos to manage Churchill’s cigars full-time – cementing Cuban/Island Companies relations.

Churchill’s Cigars, like all of Island Companies, has had ambitious growth and continues to look to the future. In 2004, Garry Lloyd was hired as the first full-time cigar buyer, reflecting the growth of the business.

Furthermore, in August 2007 the store was doubled in size to cope with increasing consumer demand and then hosted Cuban cigar roller Alexander – making hand-crafted cigars of any size for enthusiastic onlookers.

Perhaps Churchill’s status as the premier Cuban cigar outlet is no better defined by the exclusive contract to sell the legendary Fuente Fuente Opus X cigar.

As Churchill’s looks to the future, the impending smoking ban is on its mind. Store manager Juan Moya can often be seen enjoying a large cigar with customers, indulging in discussion of the nuances of the cigar’s flavour, perhaps.

An all out ban on smoking in work-places would put an end to that tradition, but then it’s only a short walk to get outside so it’s likely it will continue.