Back in 1997, Steve Zengel started a company called Shore Hoops which offered basketball summer camps. On one Fall day guest speaker Pete Carril of Princeton University requested that Steve “Go get me five cigars.” Steve returned with six with the anticipation of sharing his very first cigar with the famous Coach Carrill. At this point his love of cigars was born.
Steve took the summer of 2011 off after receiving his Doctorates and began working at Emerson’s cigar shop. The experience was beyond what he could not have imagined. He quickly learned every aspect of the “business” side of Emerson’s was done with such class and focus on customer service that he came to really appreciate all the previous times he had been in as a customer.
Steve’s love for cigars continued to grow. And on March 10, 2012 Beach House Cigars was open for business!
On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy hit the Jersey Shore. And Beach House Cigars store was damaged, but nowhere to the extent other businesses. After such a devastating event, he felt fortunate to have his family healthy and his home intact. Steve was saddened to witness the despaired crying families, walking away from their homes with only a plastic bag or two of whatever was most important to them.
After reading Jack Canfield’s “The Success Principles” Steve was driven to give back. Beach House Cigars reopened on August 30, 2013 with the resolution of being a charitable cigar company in which every cigar or accessory sold benefited someone in need. This is now Beach House Cigar’s mission!