Cigars are synonymous with celebration, which means they change the tone of even unhappy events such as Friday nights alone or having your vintage LP collection destroyed by a storm of monarch butterflies. Turn that frown into a smoky smile with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of fine cigars, pipes, shaving accessories, and other gentlemen's goods from Cigars Limited. Enjoy this classy hot box at either of two locations, on Palm Avenue or in Clovis.
Whichever smokeporium you choose to patronize, you'll be greeted by a plush interior lined with more wood than the HMS Pinafore, punctuated by guffawing conversation and the squeak of soft leather chairs. While the odd fresh-air enthusiast takes a breather on the outdoor patio, dive into a 20-count box of Drew Estate Isla del Sol smokesticks ($99), a basket pipe made from Italian briarwood ($30), or the loose-leaf joy of the Dark English tobacco blend with Latakia and "Oriental" flavors ($8.50 for 2 ounces), best served poured piping hot with a little cream and a biscuit. Cigars Limited serves up lifestyle products as well: the man-pampering Art of Shaving four-step shaving cream and aftershave balm kit ($40), fine 12-once bags of FG Beans coffee, and the manliest product of all, woodwick candles ($20 each).
The knowledgeable, enthusiastic men at Cigars Limited know the right cigar for every occasion, whether it's smoothing over relations with the Belarusian consulate general, playing golf with the governor's press secretary for secretary affairs, or attending eight-year-old Stacy's birthday party. Even if you're a cigar neophyte, they'll teach you to choose a cigar based on wrapper color and aroma, explaining the full blending process and ending with a demonstration on the perfect, proper way to light, cut, and smoke that stogie. They'll make your first cigar experience a memorable one, treating you to long draws of their special infused sweet cream and vanilla tobacco-by-the-foot rollups.