Jim and Teresa hanging out with their good friend, Erik Nording.

Jim and Teresa hanging out with their good friend, Erik Nording.

Owners

Meet James and Teresa Knaus. This unstoppable husband and wife team opened their first Tinder Box store over 30 years ago in the Mall of Memphis. The business began with a few firm handshakes and a handful of vendors willing to give them their best chance at success. Today, this duo oversees the success of the only four Tinder Box locations in Tennessee. 

You can visit with Jim and Teresa at any of our locations throughout the week. They claim to be semi-retired, but these folks work just as hard as anyone here and have taught their staff everything they know. Any well seasoned Tinder Box staff member here will remember the days Jim showed him/her around the store and explained the fine nuances of pipe and cigar smoking. The staff at Tinder Box has gained a deep respect and appreciation for premium tobacco because of Jim's mentoring.

His lovely wife Teresa is an expert in gift giving and story telling. You can hardly ever find her behind a cash register, because she does her best work on the floor. Point to anything in any of our stores and Teresa can tell you all about it! Ask her about her cats, she'll have a story that would put internet cat interest to shame. Her knowledge, patience, and attention to detail have helped to make Tennessee Tinder Box stores the friendliest in town. The staff at Tinder Box has paid attention to her cues, and their customer service, inspired by Teresa, is unmatched in this industry. 

 

 
Don't ever tell Lynne she doesn't know her cigars, on the contrary, she has been up close and personal with the leaf! 

Don't ever tell Lynne she doesn't know her cigars, on the contrary, she has been up close and personal with the leaf! 

Managers

Lynne Norton- General Manager

Anthony Vanelli- Poplar Manager

Brett Hitchell- Collierville Manager

Devin Kelley- Wolfchase Manager

Jeff Norton-South Main Manager

 
Your loyal Tinder Box staff!

Sales Associates

Baron Harris

Zwemer Ingram

Sam Zorbino

Ulric Johnson

Logun Love

Annie Wade

Zachary Dacus

John Phillians

Cordero Blake

 

 

Memphis Smoke 2015. Photo by Mallary F. Vanelli.

Memphis Smoke 2015. Photo by Mallary F. Vanelli.