The Pillars Club in Jacksonville, Fla., a private and member-supported club, partners with the Jacksonville Historical Society to share images of “community titans” on its walls, to help foster a more intimate setting. The facility has incorporated recurring events to attract foot traffic, including functions centered on giving women a place to smoke, and a watch party for a recent heavyweight boxing match.
The Pillars Club, a cigar lounge and social club in Jacksonville, Fla. is designed to serve as a co-working space or lounge that allows its patrons to puff in peace, the Jacksonville Business Journal reported. Simone Williams opened the 1,250-sq. ft. facility to start a conversation, one cigar at a time.
Williams entered the cigar business in 2013 and served as the operator of another Jacksonville location, the Business Journal reported. She wanted to transition into an owner and the Pillars Club provided an opportunity.
“I liked the thought of elevation and [trying] to always become better,” Williams said. “…The way you challenge yourself is you are always pushing for the next things. Having experience with a public bar and a public-private space, I wanted something that was more elegant and catered to a different clientele.”
The Pillars Club is private and member supported, with memberships costing $2,399 a year for individuals and $4,500 for a four-person corporate package, the Business Journal reported. In the months between Pillars soft opening this spring and its recent grand opening, the space has incorporated recurring events to attract foot traffic, including functions centered on giving women a space to smoke and a watch party for the heavyweight boxing match between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.
The club’s name is designed to honor Jacksonville’s history: Through a partnership with the Jacksonville Historical Society, the club will share images of community titans on its walls in an attempt to foster a more intimate setting, the Business Journal reported.
“No matter their gender, their color or their affiliation there is a lot of greatness that has come through our city,” Williams said. “The great thing about history is it should be remembered. But, you can take from it and move forward. …One of the things we look to do is we look to remember all parts of the city and we do it through our partnership with the historical society.”
Williams is an ardent believer in Jacksonville’s downtown, the Business Journal reported. She cited the hotels and concepts that have been approved this year, as well as reinvestment, as projects that would not have taken place a decade ago.
“To be a part of that fabric of downtown is super special,” Williams said. “To be a part of it as it grows, and not once its grown, [is special]. It’s a great opportunity. It wasn’t something to be missed.”