I have been in the Premium Pipe tobacco and cigar
business since 1975. I started as a part time employee
with The Tinder Box in 1975 and within a year was managing
the store in St. Louis at age 19. From day one I enjoyed the
business and the products we carried. I spent 5 years managing
stores throughout the country before settling in Fayetteville NC. My wife and I purchased the Fayetteville Tinder Box Loculation in 1983, In 1990 we separated from Tinder Box International and became an independent Tobacco shop… Anstead’s Tobacco Company. We operated in Cross Creek mall for 37 years before moving to our current freestanding location in 2013....know as
The Big Red Barn. The Big Red Barn was built back in the 40's as a dairy and hay barn. It was later used as a sporting goods store and men's clothing store before sitting empty for years. Understanding the culture of the business we felt we needed to create a location that customers would want to come purchase cigars as well as come smoke with us in a lounge. After a full blown remodel we opened our new lounge which is large enough for over 100. As well a full bar to complement the cigars that we offer. This large venue has given us many opportunities to host manufactures reps and owners. As a well offering a unique opportunity to grow the shop into one of the best on the east coast.