It all started when, Johnny Mennillo, the inventor of THE quintessential counter-culture accessory boutique, was born in Campobasso, Italy on April 16, 1958.
A Kid with ambition
At the age of twelve, his family moved to Montreal, Canada in the pursuit of a better life. Johnny adjusted quickly to his new environment, embracing two new languages and continuing his education. After graduating, he realized his entrepreneurial drive, venturing into his passion for social smoking. This led to him giving birth to the first retail smoking accessory store Prohibition.
The First Prohibition
This first Prohibition was little more than a flea market stall, but even then he believed that the recipe for success was to offer high quality products alongside excellent customer service. These values enabled the business to grow quickly and the first storefront location was established in Laval, Quebec.
The Rest is history
Over the next 30 years, Prohibition has grown exponentially, opening more than 20 locations Canada-wide, and continuing to add to that total yearly. It is now an established staple in the smoking accessory industry.
What the future brings
Prohibition has become a symbol of quality, and is now offering franchises with the intention of expanding and offering its brand throughout Canada.
Prohibition intends to grow in both locations and brand equity, without ever losing sight of their humble beginnings.