Sigmund Freud once said, "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar," at which point he mistakenly attempted to light the lollipop dangling from his lower lip. Dig into the psychology of stogies with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of cigars, pipes, lighters, humidors, and accessories at The Tinder Box in the Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie.
For 36 years, The Tinder Box has supplied puffing enthusiasts with more than 150 pipes and fine cigars from brands such as Davidoff, Padrón, and Arturo Fuente. Friendly on-staff tobacconists expertly navigate patrons to the store’s walk-in humidor, where a showcase of premium cigars for the novice and connoisseur and cardboard cutouts of Humphrey Bogart age to complexity. After perusing pipes by brands such as Ardor and Savinelli, customers can transport olfactory cavities to the Dominican Republic with the robust aromas of Arturo Fuente cigars ($3.35–$10.85 each).
Like-minded enthusiasts can congregate to take puffs from holiday gift packs such as the Romeo y Julieta Collection, which includes an ashtray ($36.75), or a three-pack of La Gloria Cubana Serie R cigars ($22.20) to celebrate the birth of triplets. Humidors, such as the Chateau Cherry ($29.95) ensure cigars are kept to their zenith of freshness, and accessories such as the New Orleans Lampe Berger Frangrance ($18.95) or the Lampe Berger Swirl Clear Glass lamp ($45) appeal to the more aesthetic side of patrons. The Tinder Box is located in the Lakeside Shopping Center next to P.F. Chang's.
3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd.
Metairie, Louisiana 70002