An Interview With Cigar Aficionada & Entrepreneur
OWNER OF “LIPS, STICKS & FINGERTIPS”
I can't quite remember how I came across this Cigar BO$$DIVA, but the fact that she's a female entrepreneur killing it in the male dominated cigar industry instantly caught my attention.
She's an absolute beast and I admire her turning her passion into an empire! I mean there a so few brick and mortar female-owned cigar lounges, so how about a luxury mobile cigar & hookah lounge?!?!
Now keep in mind, we have NEVER met but I look forward to the day that we do so we can enjoy a fine cigar and cocktail together.
Allow me to introduce you to a phenomenal BO$$DIVA, Christine "Cinderella" Morgan, Founder and Owner of Lips, Sticks & Fingertips!
Name: Christine "Cinderella" Morgan
A Little Bit About Her: Christine is a mother of four, wife, and grandmother (NO WAY!!!). She was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and has resided in Georgia for the past 12 years. Ms. BossDiva has not 1...not 2....but 3 degrees (so she's UBER smart)! And obviously...SHE LOVES CIGARS!
Her Life's Passions: Keeping the cigar industry informed, educated and sexy!
Business Name: Lips, Sticks and Fingertips
When She Started Her Business: 2016
Brief Description of Business: Lips, Sticks and Fingertips (LSF) is one of the top innovators in providing luxury mobile cigar & hookah lounge upscale services. LSF is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
You can purchase your cigars in advance from their store front at The Smoking Room cigar lounge where they keep their humidor or bring your own. If you're a hookah smoker, they have a wide selection of hookah flavors and you can purchase one within the luxury lounge.
The mobile lounge has sofas that recline and massage you, 4 flat-screen TVs, WiFi, Bluetooth, 2 patio decks, 1-1/2 baths, and a partial kitchen. LSF's goal is to make you feel like you're at home when you're with them!
Additionally, Christine also owns the cigars, cigar accessories, and cigar lockers inside The Smoking Room located at 5495 Old National Highway, College Park, GA 30349.
Why Go Into Business: Christine originally wanted to open up her own brick and mortar lounge, but she still wanted the freedom to travel. She decided to invest into something that could give her the best of both worlds. Being mobile allows her more flexibility with her other business ventures. Since launching, the exposure and feedback from customers has been tremendously positive!
Is It Her Only Business: BossDiva Christine also owns a transportation company in partnership with her husband. They transport freight in the southeast states.
What Did She Do Before Going Into Business: Christine's background is as a marketing coordinator and event planning. She also dabbles in websites and (graphic) designing flyers , business cards, etc.
What Obstacles Did She Face: Just getting herself known in a city where she's not a native. "New kid on the block" syndrome. Starting her business was a little rocky because there is obviously other well established cigar lounges in the Atlanta area. However, her lounge concept is definitely "one of a kind" so it stands out on its own which has been extremely helpful to her business' growth.
How Did She Overcome Them: Christine said she worked extremely hard to brand herself.
Some of Her Favorite Brands/Products: Christine has expanded her business beyond the mobile cigar lounge. She has truly done an amazing job branding herself and has a full like of LSF merchandise. Her favorites are her "LSF" branded apparel, custom humidors, shot glasses, koozies, fans, etc.
Did She Always See Herself Doing This: Not 10 years ago!
Advice To Women Thinking Of Starting a Business: Don't give up! Surround yourself with positive people that can help motivate you and vice versa.
Advice For Women Hesitant To Follow Their Passions: Be Strong. Be Consistent. Be Resilient.
Favorite Book That's Helped Her BO$$DIVA Journey: "Piece of Cake" by Cupcake Brown
I really wanted to dive in and ask Christine some more detailed questions as a "cigar aficionada" and I'm hoping to be able to do that one day. You see, I'm curious to know at what age she started smoking cigars and the story behind how she got into it in the first place. I wonder what her favorite "go to" brands are and what's the BEST cigar she's ever had. I'd also be interested in knowing where she sees the industry going in terms of women making their mark in it and taking it over!
So MAYBE I can catch up with her again one day and make this a 2-part interview. But in the meantime, check her out on social media & her website for some cool stuff. Be sure to look her up the next time you're in Atlanta...IF you can catch her!
And, from one "sister of the leaf" (SOTL) to another... Christine, #STICKSUP my sister & I'll see you in the ATL soon!
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