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Waynesburg couple opens business that caters to smokers

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Dads Tobacco Shop
BUSINESS OWNERS. Shannon (left) and Ken Bratschie are shown in their Waynesburg business, Dad’s Tobacco Shop, with daughters (kneeling from left) Dawn, 8 and Abbi, 3 and the family dog.

Ken and Shannon Bratschie are pleased with the reception from the community to their new business, Dad’s Tobacco Shop in Waynesburg.

The couple, both smokers, said they understand how difficult the high price of cigarettes is on smokers and wanted to provide them with the supplies they need at a reasonable cost. Thus the opening of their business at 117 N. Main St., last year.

“It’s all about customer service and helping the community for me,” said Ken. “If I can afford to keep my prices low and pass the savings along to my customers, that’s what I plan to do.”

He also strives to provide the products his customers want and to help out the community in any way he can.

The store carries supplies for roll-your-own cigarettes, hand roller machines (and parts for the Top-O-Matic machine), a selection of cigars in a variety of prices, pipes, lighters and lighter fluid as well as chewing tobacco and a selection of pre-packaged cigarettes.

The store also sells the Volt e-cigarette, which has become popular over the last few years.

The couple has expanded the store’s wares to include candles made by a Minerva area woman and takes consignments of items from local residents of items to sell in the store.

“Anything we can do to help out the community,” Ken commented.

Shannon noted the candles with wicks come in 17 scents. They also sell electric scented candles and accept special requests on them.

“We have candles that feature logos of area high schools and professional teams,” Shannon noted. “We also accept special order requests. If a customer has a photo they want on it, just supply us with it and we will have the candle made,” Shannon stated.

Hours are 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The business is closed Sunday. For additional information, call 330-771-7862. 

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