Meet The Staff
Nick Goebel, Owner/Operator/Founder
Originally from New Jersey in 1997 decided to migrate to the south and open up the first location in North Myrtle Beach because cigars were a passion and thought it would be fun. It is and he really likes going to work even at his age. He has been married to his wife Holly for 46 years and they have two daughters Erin & Jamie. In his spare time enjoys Sundays with his granddaughter Caroline.
NICK’S FAVORITES INCLUDE:
FOOD: Fresh Swordfish
SPIRIT: Seagrams VO & Italian Wines
HOBBY: Work 4 days, Golf 2 Days, Beach 1 day. Living the life
SPORT TEAMS: PGA Tour
GOLF COURSE SMOKE: Sindicato Maduro
FAVORITE LOCAL RESTAURANT: The Surf Golf Club (my country club)
Jamie Ketola, General Manager
Jamie was born and raised in Ramsey, NJ. In 1997 she left to attend college at Elon University in North Carolina for a degree in Communications. After graduation she moved to Myrtle Beach and worked for Burroughs & Chapin Company for five years as a tournament sales coordinator for their golf division. She also ran the Horry Country chapter of the South Carolina Junior Golf Association. In 2004 she started part time helping out at Nick’s. In August 2006 she moved over permanently into the General Manager role to start preparing for Nick’s retirement that is never happening. Jamie is married to local golf professional Dale Ketola and has a 2 year old daughter Caroline.
JAMIE’S FAVORITES INCLUDE:
FOOD: New Zealand Lamb Chops and NY Style Pizza
SPIRITS: Champagne & Rose
HOBBIES: Traveling, Going to Sporting Events and the Beach. Golf when she can.
SPORT TEAMS: UGA Bulldogs
FAVORITE SMOKE: Heiress Cigars
FAVORITE LOCAL RESTAURANT: Joe’s Bar & Grill
Lane Ross – Store Manager
Lane is North Carolina born and bred. He owned and operated Skateland USA. After spending 27 years in Hickory, NC he decided to move to the beach. Lane is our store manager and give a little bit of Southern Hospitality to everyone. He joined us in 2011 and has a son Charlie and a dog named Petee
LANE ROSS’S FAVORITES:
SPIRITS: Crown Royal
HOBBIES: Golf & Surfing
SPORT TEAMS: Carolina Panthers
FAVORITE SMOKE: Padron 1964 Exclusivo Maduro & Ashton Maduro #60
FAVORITE LOCAL RESTAURANT: New York Prime
Jaime “LJ” Mosco – Customer Relations Manager
Jaime is originally from Erie Pennsylvania. Fun fact, she was the original Nick’s Cigar Bar Bartender but left to go back home. Three years later she decided to come back to work with us on the cigar side. She keeps us all in line and makes sure all our customers are happy with their purchases and experience shopping at Nicks. She has two amazing sons.
JAMIE MOSCO’S FAVORITES:
FOOD: Eggplant Parmesan
SPORT TEAMS: New England Patriots
FAVORITE SMOKE: Ashton Classic
FAVORITE LOCAL RESTAURANT: Bistro 90
Chris Johnson – Tobacconist
Chris is our North Myrtle Beach native. He is a retired Police Lieutenant from the North Myrtle Beach police department. He is our “mister fix it” here at the store. In his spare time he will be fishing, hunting or building. He has an awesome wife Susan (who bakes really good) and 2 sons and a granddaughter.
CHRIS JOHNSON’S FAVORITES
FOOD: Wild Game (venison, boar & saltwater fish)
SPIRITS: Rum, Gin & Quality American Whiskey
HOBBIES: Fishing, Reloading Ammo, Hunting and Boating
SPORT TEAMS: USC Gamecocks & Chicago Cubs
FAVORITE SMOKE: My Father Lebijou 1922
FAVORITE LOCAL RESTAURANT: do not have one
Rick Roff – Tobacconist
Rick is originally from South Jersey. He grew up on the beach and after high school he spent 4 years in the US Marine Corp. After coming home he joined the Atlantic City Police Dept. After 28 years he retired and moved south. This year he married his wife Leigh and is enjoying semi-retirement here at Nick’s.
FOOD: My wife’s Chicken Parm is the BEST!
RICK ROFF’S FAVORITES:
SPIRITS: Johnny Walker Black
HOBBIES: Golf & Surf Fishing
SPORT TEAMS: Philadelphia Eagles & Flyers
FAVORITE SMOKE: Oliva Master Blend
FAVORITE LOCAL RESTAURANT: Wahoos on the Marsh Walk
Lonnie Van Wagner – Tobacconist
Lonnie lived in Vermont for 35 years as a Meat Manger. He got sick of shoveling snow and decided to move south in 2010. He has two sons and two grandsons. He lives in the Conway area with his girlfriend Sally.
LONNIE VAN WAGNER’S FAVORITES
FOOD: USDA Prime Strip Steaks, Fresh Seafood & Italian
SPIRITS: Heineken & Grand Marnier
HOBBIES: Guitar & Skiing
SPORT TEAMS: NY Yankees & NY Giants
FAVORITE SMOKE: Leaf by Oscar & Perdomo Champagne