The figure in the store window announces that you’ve arrived at Shaw’s TG Cigar Lounge, 1120 9th St NW.
Owner Negest “TG” Dawit is originally from Ethiopia. When she relocated to the District, she worked at an Ethiopian restaurant. Dawit then approached the owner of Presidential Cigars at Union Station about a job, where she learned about the cigar business.
“I didn’t know anything about cigars,” Dawit said. “I asked him if he needed to hire somebody, and he said yes, and I worked with him for three years.” She then decided to open her own cigar store.
TG Cigar opened as a storefront on the 1100 block of 9th Street NW in Shaw in 2006. In 2019, Dawit bought the building next door and renovated it to create the new lounge. Dawit is very knowledgeable about cigars and can assist both those well versed in cigars and first timers with recommendations. With their extensive inventory of 5,000 varieties, she believes she has something for everyone.
“Most of the cigars come from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic,” Dawit explained. “We also have mild, medium and full-bodied cigars and flavored cigars.”
While some customers come in just to purchase cigars, many come for the lounge experience. The storefront features a storefront with a walk-in humidor and personal lockers for cigars. Up a short flight of stairs, the lounge offers a full-service bar and menu of finger foods. The lounge also has a rear patio for customer use.
TG Cigar Lounge is open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Friday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.
Sarah Payne is a general assignment reporter for Capital Community News. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.