Surroundings came in to existence in 1997 when Karen’s brother and sister in-law David and Wendy Kmaloski purchased a store called “Candle World” in downtown Manistee, MI. Initially they kept the name “Candle World”, but settled on “Surroundings” after about 6 months of ownership.
For over a year, Surroundings only sold candles. At the time, downtown Manistee was geared mostly towards women. Surroundings decided that the downtown needed something of interest for men, so they entered into the cigar business. It all started with a simple upright humidor, and then expanded with the cigar boom of 1998. During the 1998 boom, another humidor was added to keep up with demand and the ever increasing amount of brands that the store kept in stock. After awhile, upright humidors simply didn’t allow enough room to increase cigar inventory, so a walk-in humidor was built. With the walk-in humidor, a Smoking Lounge was also created and Smoke Nights were held every first Wednesday of each month, a tradition which continues to this day.
In 2005 Karen and Oscar Carlson purchased the store from David and Wendy and continue expanding their candle lines and cigar inventory and also added the third Wednesday to the monthly Smoke Night schedule. Surroundings has between four and five cigar events a year, and also sets up a booth for selling cigars at events such as the Blessing of the Bikes in Baldwin, MI and the Suds On The Shore in Ludington, MI with the hope of taking on more events throughout the area.
Our lounge motto is “Enter as Strangers, Leave as Friends”, so stop in and enjoy our hospitality.