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Tuesday, 25 November 2008

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Anybody can stand outside in the cold smoking a cigar. But there are finer options.

At the members-only La Casa De La Habana private cigar club in downtown Plymouth MI, aficionados pay $1,000 to $1,800 a year for the right to puff on fine stogies and unwind on comfy leather furniture with other affluent cigar buffs. The private club is on the second level of La Casa De La Habana retail smoke and gourmet coffee shop.

A Little Havana
Members get brass plaques with their names engraved that are placed on handcrafted mahogany and Spanish cedar cigar lockers (humidors). The humidors are airtight and have temperature and humidity controls to preserve the cigars.

"It is a way to socialize for a specific high-end type of clientele," said owner Ismail Houmani. A second private cigar club is to open in Ann Arbor MI next week.

All the Rage
Many restaurants, bars, country clubs and casinos have added smoking lounges for guests. Cigar lovers build rooms with humidors next to their wine cellars.

Southfield attorney Gary Nitzkin took his passion for fine cigars to work, installing a commercial humidor inside his office to accommodate a collection of nearly 600 cigars. He keeps the bottom storage units containing a few pricey sticks ($150 each) locked.

"I am a cigar fiend," Nitzkin said. "I like the camaraderie and bonding that goes along with a good cigar. I like to smoke with a friend or two."

La Casa De La Habana members get four premium cigars a month, first priority on purchases of hard-to-find cigars, access to two lounges, a conference room with Internet service, a card room, kitchenette area and invitations to exclusive cigar sampling events. Go to www.lacasadelahabana.com.




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