Capo Cigars and Hookah Lounge recently moved near the Square after four years at a previous location on Lake Avenue.
Owner Rico Corvelli saw the potential in Woodstock for this type of business back in 2012 when he opened his business at 805 Lake Ave.
Once the business was established and successful, he started looking for a space that would fulfill his need for more space and bring in potential customers from neighboring businesses. The Square was the ideal choice, he said, and his new location at 222 Main St. is adjacent to local bars, restaurants and other businesses.
Many visitors to the lounge come from dinner at nearby restaurants. “Everything on this strip complements each other. Bars, movie theater, restaurants,” Corvelli said. “A good majority of these customers want to smoke a cigar after dinner at [D.C.] Cobb’s or [Main Street] PourHouse. I think the biggest attribute here is the feel of the lounge, the camaraderie and fellowship is like nothing else.”
The business is one of a kind in Woodstock. The previous location, around 1,000 square feet, was limited to mostly retail. The new 3,000-square-foot building allows for separate cigar and hookah lounges, a walk-in humidor and more space for retail.
On the main level is the retail space, walk-in humidor and cigar lounge. Products include ultra premium cigars, lighters, cutters, ashtrays and other accessories. The lower-level hookah lounge features pool and poker tables. Both floors have TVs. Customers can call ahead with requests for a made-to-order hookah, a flavored tobacco smoked from a stemmed pipe.
Corvelli is particular about what he offers his customers and prides his business on the choices of cigars he offers.
“Everything in here has been methodically picked. I’ve done my homework and tasted every single cigar that we have. I don’t have anything that isn’t worth smoking,” he said. “Cigars are so subjective. What I hate, you may love, and vice versa. It’s all about the palate, all about the person.”
Capo Cigars also has its own line of ultra-premium cigars, Capo Life. One variety, aged five years and cured in cognac, gives the cigars a unique taste and aroma.
Corvelli has enjoyed cigars for more than 20 years and said he is fortunate to be able to do what he loves every day.
“I used to go to the racetrack with my grandfather as a child and sit around the table while they passed around cigars. I thought it was the coolest thing. I don’t know many people that know more about cigars or have more love for cigars than I do,” he said.
The lounge is open to the public, but enthusiasts have the option to purchase an individual membership. For $200 per year, members receive a personal humidified locker, among other perks.