Bongo Ron’s

Company: Bongo Ron's Cigar & Lounge

Location: Old Saybrook

Company/organization description

Bongo Ron’s Cigar & Lounge is a unique retail shop and premium cigar lounge with a laid back “Island vibe”. It is a premier hot spot on the Connecticut shoreline and is known as the most unique cigar lounge in Connecticut. Bongo Ron’s is a “destination” in the cigar aficionado culture. There are three public cigar lounges, a fun Tiki deck and two private membership lounges. Some Bongo Ron's events are "Open Mic", cigar pairings, classes, workshops, private parties, & wedding cigar bars!

Tell us about the entrepreneurial milestones you accomplished?

Bongo Ron’s was voted Best New Business in Old Saybrook in 2018 and Best Cigar Lounge on the Shoreline in 2019 and 2020! Opened in April of 2018, Bongo Ron's growth rate continues to significantly increase in sales & revenue each year. We are very committed to the Old Saybrook community, being members & supporters of the OS Chamber of Commerce and participating & donating to many local charities and fundraising events. Bongo Ron's owners support fellow local businesses and B2B relations!

What type of entrepreneur are you?

Main Street - local business focus

What CT entrepreneur ecosystem resources have helped you succeed?

Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce workshops, business programs, and events, Score Southeastern CT workshops, Connecticut Small Business Development resources.

Nominator Justification

Established a community. Won numerous local awards, including best new business, best on the shoreline 2 years in a row. Unique and cutting edge

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