Our Story

About Lighthouse Cigars and Gifts

about us

Our History

Lighthouse Cigars and Gifts was established in 2004 on the idea of bringing quality cigar and pipe tobacco products to the beautiful community in Summerville, South Carolina. This idea lives on as we continue to bring you the quality you have come to expect. We have grown with our community and enjoy providing a home away from home for some of our patrons.  Our mission is to continue giving our all to every single patron, making them feel at home while passing on our knowledge of cigars and pipes.

With our lounges and our friendly and knowledgeable staff, we will never steer you wrong when you are looking to enjoy a good smoke and relax. Our goal is to greet you with a friendly face and provide a place of relaxation where you can let all your worries melt away.



Erich is a 10 year veteran of the U.S. Navy.  After leaving the service, he worked in the alcohol industry, giving him the in-depth knowledge needed to help you pair your tobacco selection with the perfect drink.

Following years in the alcohol industry, he took the opportunity to return to the water as a commercial diver/underwater welder. Although he will always enjoy the water, the opportunity to pursue entrepreneurship, be home with his family more and to get to know the Summerville community was too precious to let go.  With the help of his wife, Tara, and the support from his family, they purchased Lighthouse Cigars and Gifts in early 2021.  Erich believes he is very fortunate to be part of this wonderful Summerville shop.

Erich Lighthouse Cigars and Gifts
Tara Lighthouse Cigars and Gifts



Tara is happily married to Erich and the mother of their three beautiful children. Her professional and educational background is in business and accounting.  These skills allow her to help support Erich with Lighthouse Cigars and Gifts as well as other local small businesses. In her free time, she enjoys decorating and carving the cigar boxes to sell at the shop, target shooting, and exploring the beautiful lowcountry area.

Come to Shop & Be Prepared to Sit a Spell

Our Customers are So Kind

We get some of the nicest visitors to our tobacco shop in Summerville.
We hope you'll come join us soon, too.