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New downtown Gastonia business owners continue making progress


Some new downtown Gastonia business owners say owning a business isn’t for the faint of heart.

But they still believe seeing their hard work pay off is worth it.


Jacob Hibberts opened his long-awaited high-end whiskey and cigar lounge, WhiskGars, in February.


The lounge sits along Main Avenue in Gastonia adjacent to the Rotary Pavilion.

“Having a business definitely isn’t for the faint of heart, but we’ve been enjoying building relationships with the businesses downtown and growing our memberships,” Hibberts said.

Hibberts’ lounge has 1940s and 50s-themed leather sofas and chairs, a 3,000-square-foot cocktail area and a full bar with a 36-foot granite-top bar.

Guests are served charcuterie boards, a full dessert menu and shrimp cocktails.

Hibberts has seen his business attract more than 2,000 members into the lounge’s special membership programs.


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