The scent of a cigar can awaken long-forgotten memories of the birth of a child or the year you spent sleeping in a humidor. Get a nostalgic whiff with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of cigars and cigar accessories at C.I.G.A.R.. This Groupon is valid at locations on Blanco Road and Thousand Oaks Drive in San Antonio and on West Wright Boulevard in Universal City.
C.I.G.A.R. furnishes fingers with aromatic accessories perfect for personal delectation and elegant gift giving. C.I.G.A.R. offers a trove of fine cigars, lined in boxes redolent with bouquets of oak, spice, and leather roses, from venerable producers including Arturo Fuente, J.C. Newman, and Montecristo, alongside those from relative newcomers such as Curivari, Illusione, and Tatuaje ($2−$25/cigar). Diamond Crown Julius Caesar cigars ($10.80−$18.50/cigar) round up a bold South American blend to conquer stateside noses, and My Father Limited Edition 2011s ($20/cigar) embrace an earthy, spicy hybrid of Ecuadorian and Nicaraguan smokeables.
Knowledgeable tobacconists reveal the heady notes played by four kinds of cigars in the CAO Cuban Press sampler ($75 for a box of 12), explaining how the cigars' squared edges result from Cuban trunk-press processing and afternoons spent listening to Huey Lewis and the News. While mouths are busy puffing their cylindrical treats, hands grasp gleaming Xikar lighters and cutters ($29.95+) to outfit home smoke shacks, and ears crane to catch advice from TV weathermen forecasting the optimal weather conditions inside Craftsman's Bench and Ashton humidors ($22.95+).
Although all locations host events for cigar aficionados, each of C.I.G.A.R.'s three shops creates a unique vibe with savvy decorating and barbershop quartets humming at different frequencies. The relaxed Blanco Road storefront hosts Ladies and Cigars meetings on a select Tuesday evening every other month, the Thousand Oaks shop pampers members in the exclusive Diamond Crown Lounge, and the Universal City's garage-themed showroom encourages visitors to sink into repurposed auto chairs while celebrating the arrival of a new baby car seat.