This article originally appeared in The321Review – A Magazine for the Space Coast

While many visitors to downtown  Melbourne will surely recognize the name and logo there is also a new premium cigar store in Central Florida on the banks of Lake Monroe bearing the “Executive” name.Extending the brand’s reach further into Central Florida, local entrepreneur Tom Darnell has teamed up with Melbourne’s cigar standard-bearer, much to the delight of the folks in Seminole County.


The Location


Executive Cigar Sanford leaves nothing to chance in their goal of satisfying the “wow” factor.  Patrons are greeted to a state-of-the-art facility complete with air purification systems, a large walk-in modern humidor, top-shelf adult beverages, and all of the smoking supplies a cigar aficionado could ask for.


At 225 West Seminole Boulevard, Executive Cigar Sanford is literally on the banks of Sanford’s Lake Monroe.  A fact not lost on the design and decoration of the establishment.  A large wrap-around and well-appointed outdoor seating area lend itself well to Executive’s weekly “sunsets and cigars” events.  You are unlikely to find a better location to watch a Central Florida sunset while enjoying an evening cocktail or your favorite stick, chosen from one of the dozens of premium brands offered at this cigar shop and lounge.




Patrons to Executive Sanford enjoy an ultra-modern lounge experience.  With big-screen televisions, comfortable seating, and ample room for gathering with friends, the interior of the lounge screams “first-class.” In a fashion similar to other high-end establishments, the cigar lounge offers memberships in its President’s Club, affording participants with discounts on cigar shop products.  Patrons may also explore humidified locker rentals to keep their favorite brands fresh and on-hand when they arrive.  For the most discerning customers, a limited number of memberships to the Executive Cigar Boardroom are available. At this most exclusive level, entrance into the adjoining members-only club area is offered as well as the opportunity to participate in an exclusive tasting of cigars and spirits.



Nearly every week, Executive Cigar Sanford offers live entertainment, either indoors or on the deck.  There are weekly events at the lounge from entertainment to tastings.  In November 2020, Executive Cigar Sanford treated the downtown area to its first-anniversary party, closing down the streets, and rocking Sanford to the sounds of “The Original Whalers.”  You can keep track of all upcoming events on the cigar shops’ Facebook page under “events.”

When In Town

Brevard residents and cigar fans already familiar with Melbourne’s store will find the same level of cigar knowledge, relaxing atmosphere, and brand selection when making the short trip across SR46 to Sanford. Come on out and enjoy their “sunset and cigars events” on most Wednesday nights, and give them a try. You” realize why this cigar shop and lounge enjoy a stellar five-star rating.