Welcome to Nolan's Tobacco
Located in downtown Traverse City Nolan's Tobacco has been providing Imported Cigars, Pipes, Tobacco, Gifts and a warm community atmosphere since 1978.
MICHAEL NOLAN: Owner, Operator and Comedian
Mike's career in cigars began at Churchills of Birmingham Michigan in 1976. In 1978 Mike and his lovely wife Kathy purchased a Churchills franchise and opened it on Union Street in Traverse City. In 1981 the store moved onto our first Front Street location and remained there for 10 years. The doors opened at the current location in 1991 and in 1993 he purchased the franchise from Churchills and from then it was known as Nolan's Tobacconist.
Mike holds a Bachelors degree from Wayne State University in Communication and taught Debate at Traverse City High School for 9 years. During that time he lead his Debate team to 3 State Championships and is remembered as one of the premier debate coaches of the 20th Century.
He is a member and has served as President of the Downtown Traverse City Association and has been a member of the Traverse City Chamber of Commerce for 31 years. Mike is currently serving as the President of the Michigan Cigar Association (which he recently helped to found) and is very active in smoking rights and legislation. In 2004 Mike and his wife took a weeklong trip to the Dominican Republic where they toured Cigar Factories and rolled their own cigars.
Ben started working at Nolan's in May of 2004 and is the resident sports and cigar expert. Ben enjoys all sports but football is somewhat of an unhealthy obsession. He may look a little short but claims he can dunk on an 8-foot rim. Ben is a student at Ferris State University and will graduate in May 2010 with his Bachelor degree in Accounting. Ben was born and raised in Traverse City and graduated from Traverse City West Senior High in 1998. After high school he attended Northwestern Michigan College for 2 years before moving to San Diego, California (where he contracted the San Diego Chargers virus). He lived there for 4 years while managing 5 stores for Cingular Wireless. In early 2004 he moved back to Traverse City to be closer to friends and family.
Andy started working at Nolan's in October 2003 and specializes in sales and witty signage. He enjoys outdoor sports including snowboarding, sailing, auto racing and has a deeply engrained fear of carnies. Andy is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts and Science with a Political Science major. He also attended Midland Community College and completed his Associates in Aviation with a Multiengine Commercial Pilots License. Andy grew up in Leelanau County and graduated from Leland High School in 2001.