INGALLS — Rob Boyland’s passion is now his business.
After retiring from his sales job of 30 years and spending one year as the general manager of a cigar lounge in Greenwood, Boyland has brought a cigar and whiskey lounge to Ingalls.
Final Third Cigar and Whiskey Lounge is located at 180 East Broadway Street (formerly Serendipity Hair Salon). The business, which opened its doors in March, had a ribbon-cutting ceremony performed by the Madison County Chamber of Commerce over the weekend to introduce the outdoor patio, “The Cigarden.”
“It’s a beautiful facility they completely renovated. They’ve added a classy amenity,” Madison County Chamber President/CEO Clayton Whitson said. “South Madison has seen a lot of population growth and a lot of new folks coming up along the Ind. 67, I-69 corridors. This is just another quality business that our community can now feature in southern Madison County.
“As far as our municipalities in Madison County go, Ingalls, with their town planner (Neil Stevenson) and the planning department in Pendleton, they’ve set their communities up to be ahead of the curve,” Whitson continued. “They are really in a good position to be able to control the growth. They have a really solid strategic plan and a strategic vision for how they want to grow. I really appreciate their long-term vision and long-term planning.”
On the business’ website, finalthirdcigar.com, Boyland tells the story of the lounge’s name.
“The name Final Third Cigar came one night as I was enjoying a great cigar. Flavors were complex and smoke was billowing. I thought to myself, smoking this cigar through the first, second, and final third all the way to the nub is the experience I will always look back to as I compare simply good cigars to the most excellent cigars!”
He wrote on the website the lounge is “a comfortable space where everyone feels valued and welcome, sharing my passion for cigars and bourbons.”
Boyland added that the lounge offers a lot of cigar brands that aren’t common in Indiana. He wanted to bring those brands in so his customers can try them. He said the same goes for a variety of brands of their liquors.
“We’re working with a lot of our distilleries that aren’t as common as your Jim Beam or Jack Daniels. We have those products, but we have a wide range of bourbons and other liquors we like to promote around here, too. We like to work as much local as possible. The only beers we offer are from local breweries, Pax Verum Brewing Company out of Lapel, Black Dog Brewing out of Mooresville, and we’re getting ready to add Scarlet Lane Brewing Company out of McCordsville.”
He said they also stayed local when it came to their building, using local contractors such as Risch Innovations (Anderson), Kemper Electric (Pendleton) and Good Guys Heating and Air (Westfield and serves a lot of surrounding counties). “They are local people we definitely like to support,” Boyland added.
Rob and, his wife, Lisa Boyland are local owners. They have been residents of Pendleton for over 30 years.
“We have a good regular base that is building,” Lisa said of the clientele. “We knew going in it would be six months to a year to really let people know we are around.
“The cigar clubs and the bourbon clubs know we are here because of social media, but the local community, if they aren’t traveling down State Road 67 for some reason or another, they don’t see it unless they hear about it from someone else.
“The town has been great to work with and our neighbors have embraced us,” she added. “It has been a great environment to be in so far.”