Lovett’s combines fine art with good tobacco

Lovett’s combines fine art with good tobacco

Father-son combo Jason, left, and Doug Lovett are bringing a selection of tobacco and featuring local artists to Chepachet Village with their shop, Lovett’s Fine Cigars and Art, 1184 Putnam Pike. (Breeze photo by Jacquelyn Moorehead)

GLOCESTER – Douglas Lovett of Lovett’s Fine Cigars and Arts located at 1184 Putnam Pike said he was inspired to bring diversity and culture to Chepachet Village when opening his tobacco and art shop in town. Lovett, who operates the cigar and art shop with his son, Jason, said Main Street in Chepachet is filled with antique stores and boutiques, and he wanted to bring in something different. In 2015, after 24 years as a program manager at Fidelity, Lovett said his idea began to shape into a reality when he opened his shop in North Providence, Smokestack Cigars and Lounge.

A Louisiana native, Lovett moved to Chepachet in 2001, and fell in love with the community. After three years in North Providence, Lovett sold the business and opened shop in Chepachet with a new concept store in the old Cristy’s Liquors. Primarily a cigar shop, Lovett built a humidor using repurposed wood into the shop, with fixtures made by local artisans.

“Smoking a fine cigar has always been my escape. I’ve always enjoyed the smell of tobacco and the joy of smoking good tobacco,” Lovett said. Lovett’s Fine Cigars and Arts sells fine cigars and tobacco, smokeless tobacco products, E-cigs, CBD, roll-your-own, Juul, pipes, tobacco accessories, commissioned and consignment art and more.

Lovett said he is as passionate about fine tobacco as he is about art. Just past the front door are two of Lovett’s original art pieces featuring musicians from New Orleans and another of men smoking. Each month, Lovett’s Fine Cigars will feature local artists of any media type in the shop’s art gallery, named the Village Gallery. He said his focus is on local artists now, to help feature all the characters and crafts of Glocester. “My goal is to bring exposure to these artists,” Lovett said. He said the Lovett’s Fine Cigars will hold monthly events on the front or side patios where guests can enjoy a featured cigar while looking at art. “I’ll be smoking a brisket while they smoke cigars,” he said.

The shop even has a yoga studio, Underground Yoga, in the back of the building. Lovett’s Fine Cigars and Arts is open Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.