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.

The 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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