Before the days of the Racketeer a tobacco shop existed that was called Bulldog Pipe & Cigar. It was founded in 2001 by Ken Smitheman and was acquired by Paul Banducci & his wife Mary in early 2014. Since that time inventory has more than tripled, and when the Bulldog Lounge opened in October 2015, the square footage doubled! 

After a short hiatus in 2020-2021 The Racketeer was born. The Racketeer is a whiskey and cigar lounge with a built in store, memberships, subscriptions and more.

Our mission is to build and expand the premium tobacco culture and community in the area.


Thank you all for the years of support and excitement for this next chapter.


-The Racketeer Team



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