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post #21 of 24 Old 09-27-2016, 02:32 PM
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I really lucked out when I moved to Ohio a couple years ago. Previously had stops in rural Illinois (no shop within an hour+) and Indiana (just 1 shop in my area and it had crappy selection and a ridiculous markup, still it took a bad experience before I decided to never go back). My new B&M is 5 minutes away, has a great selection, and by all accounts is run properly. No more winter hiatus!
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post #22 of 24 Old 09-27-2016, 11:29 PM
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Sorry to hear of this as being your first experience. As others have said, just keep looking for the right fit. My experience, since moving to a smaller, rural area is to not go at all any more. Not because I don't want to, but because there just isn't one close to me now. Enjoy your cigars regardless of where you find yourself smoking them.
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post #23 of 24 Old 09-28-2016, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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Sorry to hear of this as being your first experience. As others have said, just keep looking for the right fit. My experience, since moving to a smaller, rural area is to not go at all any more. Not because I don't want to, but because there just isn't one close to me now. Enjoy your cigars regardless of where you find yourself smoking them.


Thank you. I was more looking for a place to buy to and occasionally go on a weird day off or early day.


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post #24 of 24 Old 09-28-2016, 02:32 AM
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If you find yourself in Montclair, NJ check out Fumé on Bloomfield Avenue. Best B&M I've ever found, and although their prices are on the high side (it IS New Jersey after all) they're still cheaper than NY. There's also J.R. in Whippany. It's huge, a bit loud in the lounge, but the selection is good and there's almost always room to sit down and enjoy a drink or a meal.

A B&M I would prefer not to name finally opened up in my own town last year. They were the most customer-unfriendly place I'd ever been in, and the humidor was fed with tap water (leaving a pall of white dust on all the cigars after the first month they were open). I bought ten Anejos the week before Christmas from the old guy running the place. The next day I came back with a stick I'd bought from them the week before and was told to get out because I didn't buy one and light that one up. I even had the receipt from the Anejos. He didn't care. Buy-and-smoke. Unless you're a friend of the owner or manager, then you can do what you want. The clientele was a bunch of old guys in track suits. I'm betting many of them had a middle name of "The."

Karma caught up with them shortly afterwards, though. They were told by the town that smoking wasn't allowed in the premises and the local cops fined anybody caught with a lit anything $200 and threatened arrest. They can only sell sticks to go now, despite putting in a $200k ventilation system. I'd gladly have gone to bat for them had circumstances been different.

So yeah, there are some crappy stores and some real gems. Keep going 'til you find a gem.
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