We had the good fortune of connecting with Scott Braband and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Scott, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I chose this career based on my love for premium cigars and the community that supports it. Enjoying a premium, handrolled cigar was a symbol of success, and celebration growing up. Being handed a cigar means you’ve been a part of something special. I’ve been asked more than once, “Why have a mobile business instead of a typical cigar shop?” To me, cigars represents joyful occasions, parties, weddings, births, and I wanted to bring that feeling to others. Rather than having to find and then go to a cigar lounge, you can have the lounge brought to you for everyone to enjoy, whether that’s a football tailgate or a black tie wedding.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I started Trinity Cigar Company in 2018 on the premise of being a high-end, mobile cigar lounge that serves the Denver Metro Area as well as the rest of the state of Colorado. We focus our energy on bringing one-of-a-kind service & experience. I believe a cigar is only as good as the time you had smoking it. I’ve dedicated myself to the overall experience that we provide so that our service is always top-notch, whether you’re first-timer or a cigar aficionado, we’re here to cater to your cigar experience.
Premium cigars is a tough industry to get into and even harder to stay. To say it’s been difficult would be an understatement, I had no blueprint to follow so I already put myself at a disadvantage from the beginning. I powered through because I could see the potential and as time goes on we’re discovering more ways to be creative and stay relevant in an industry built on tradition.
I’ve learned not to force the pieces together, letting it flow naturally has worked so much better. Let the business change and evolve as the market evolves, business is not for those resistant to change. Also, I had to get rid of every preconceived notion I had about the “type” of person that smokes cigars. I base all my pairings and recommendations on getting to know each individual and their preferences on flavor, strength, body, etc.
I’ve been so grateful for the platform owning Trinity Cigar Company has given me. Bringing the premium cigar experience to people has been a blast. One day I’ll be at a motorcycle rally and the next I could be dressing it up for a mountain wedding, you never know where you’ll see us next.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Day One: Denver Biscuit Company, possibly an afternoon Rockies or Broncos game. Del Frisco’s for the best dinner in town and then cap off the night at The Smoking Cave in Centennial for cigars.
Day Two: An afternoon of hitting some of the best craft breweries in town, I love Launchpad Brewery in Aurora and then we’d probably swing up to Big Choice Brewing, Brewery & Pizzeria in Brighton because their pizza is amazing!
Day Three: We love the outdoors here in Colorado in general, so a trip up to Estes Park for one of the RMNP Jeep Tours would be on the to-do list.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to dedicate this to my wife, Kandyce, for her support while I’ve been on this journey. I’m going to try to not make this sappy, but if not for her support and encouragement, I would have never considered stepping out of my comfort zone and trying something that seemed so unsure and outside of the box. Too many people never get the opportunity to truly go after their dreams and sometimes those unrealized dreams become regret of missed opportunities. Her support and watching her build her own dream business really showed me that it is possible love what you do and make it a long term career.
Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival, Tom Krieghoff, Brandon Hayes