At my local B&M there is a sign that says in order to smoke in the lounge you have to have made a $15 purchase per person. However, its ok to bring a cigar from home to smoke as long as you make that purchase before hand.
Thats not a way to get a repeat customer. The propriator should know his customers and after a while know your habits. So its basically a 15 dollar charge to smoke in his shop. Say you have been there ten days in a row and purchased a 20 dollars cigar each time.
Then on day 11, you are in the mood for a short smoke, say an r and j, that runs 6 bucks. He wont let you smoke then?
Thats why I like one of my local b #ms. He likes to chat, and sit on his couches, and doesnt care if you buy one this visit, or bring your own. He takes all customers as individuals and gets to learn who the glamers are and who are decent folk.
I dont always buy much there, if I am looking for something in particular, but I will always buy at least one cigar and a newspaper. That is enough to get me the utmost couertesy.
I asked him for an empty box recently for my wifes projects, I received all the boxes I could stick in my truck. I took about 40 empty wood boxes, and why???because he knew I was polite, and alwasy purchased something and never dickered on price.
And yes, when he was selling chocolates for his kids school at a buck apiece, I purchase a 40 dollar box of them, (but dont tell me wife, these are my secret stash).
And please, do not ask me to get you boxes. He asked me if I am going to sell them or give them away, and I said no I wont, and I am good on my word to the utmost. If he didnt care one way or the other, believe me I would send them to whoever wanted.