‘My long friendship with Jason and Lou, along with all of our love of cigars and whisky, paved the way for my partnership with The Opihi Group’ says the one everybody calls ‘Lefty’. With his close special relationship with the Fuente family, Lefty brings his enthusiasm for premium cigars (as well as Oscar Peterson and Frank Sinatra), to provide a special camaraderie to The 9900 modeled after Jason’s and Lou’s incredible friendship to him for so many years.
Noah ‘Lefty’ Munnerlyn was born and raised in Whittier and Hacienda Heights CA. His parents and two older brothers are from Texas and moved out to California just two years before he was born. His father was a pastor of a small family oriented church which mostly met in their home. He is the fifth of six boys, with two becoming his brothers later in life after his parents adopted them.
After graduating from Whittier Christian High School with a major in basketball and car racing, Lefty proceeded to go to Westmont College to further his major in basketball and ‘added a minor in having as much fun as possible all the time with as many friends as I could make’ says Lefty. During his freshman year at Westmont, Lefty met Jason Chambers and the beginning of a great friendship. Leaving Santa Barbara, Lefty bounced around to several other schools, eventually graduating from Cal State Long Beach with a Jazz Piano degree, and then on to Talbot Seminary with a degree in the New Testament of the Bible.
After college, he worked as a bouncer at a night club and valet before moving to Portland OR to work with Jason at All Sports Card Shop, where they would frequent the location now known as The 9900. Then, after moving back to Long Beach, CA in 1994, Lefty taught individual music lessons as well as teaching P.E. at an elementary school and junior high, all the while coaching many sports. In 2005 he became the production manager of Noah Fine Art, which introduced him to the Fuente family of Arturo Fuente cigars as Noah Fine Art was their official painter of cigar artwork (there are many art pieces hanging in The Chamber).