Couple converts building into co-working space and cigar lounge

Southern Flare Cigar & Social Lounge
Posted at 5:24 PM, Apr 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-29 21:28:35-04

SMYRNA, Tenn. (WTVF) — Two Rutherford County residents used downtime during the pandemic to pursue their dream projects.

Along North Lowry Street in Smyrna, their building has been a shoe store and mortgage company, but most recently it sat vacant until now.

"When people come in here they say ‘that’s a vibe,’ and that lets me know that it puts them in a very good place," said Lovely Lancaster.

Lancaster is an Army veteran and business consultant who has converted one section of the building into a co-working office and café. She named it Sellebrity Co-working and Business Solutions. It's equipped with technology to help entrepreneurs and independent contractors as we take steps to rebound from the pandemic.

"A lot of this has been so fun because we found out that we are an architect, and a plumber, and electrician, and I didn’t know this, but I’m a good painter," Lancaster said.

On the other side of the wall, Calvin Gatlin hand-built a humidor, cigar lounge, and a bar where business leaders in Smyrna can converse. "I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, I am quite excited to see furniture go in, floors start to shine, and just see what my customers are going to feel," Gatlin said.

When business slowed during the pandemic, Gatlin put his heart and soul into this investment in honor of his father who was a successful bar and club owner in another state. The business has been named Southern Flare Cigar & Social Lounge. "It means a lot,” Gatlin said, “And I hope it shows those that even in tough times, that’s when you got to persevere to that, persevere and accomplish, stay with your goals."

He's not alone in the endeavor. He has Lovely by his side, and they're now engaged! Lancaster said, "What greater gift than that: is to share your dreams with the person you love the most."

The co-working space is open, and they’re accepting members. Go here for more information. Their goal is to have the cafe, cigar lounge, and bar officially open over Memorial Day Weekend.

Once this project is complete, they will start planning a wedding with all their family and friends.