Re: Opening up a Lounge
Personal opinion on selection - I think most will be looking for selection in flavor more than brand + flavor. If you carry the same flavor in 5 different brands, you'll probably end up with 1-2 selling and the others not at all.
If you carry full lines of say 2 brands (ie. AF and Nakhla or SB and Nakhla, etc...), you could offer a regular menu (with Nakhla) and a premium menu (with Starbuzz or whatever your "upscale"/pricier option is). Both offer large flavor selections but appeal to the two ends of the spectrum in terms of tobacco types. Unless you'll have an online store, I think carrying more than 2-3 brands will not prove beneficial.