Cigar Factory
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The Art of Cigar Rolling
As you stroll along 5th Avenue with dinner and drink specials thrown at you back and forth, you might glance over and see aged and leathered hands delicately rolling cigars, or cigarillos. You walk into the shop enticed and curious. The ceiling is invisible due to the abundant amount of tobacco leaves hanging and drying for another day. You're pulled into the back room by a friendly staff member where she shows you the empty boxes, the labels they use on the boxes, and the bags filled with tobacco leaves that are the size of barrels, if not wider. The Cigar Factory off of 5th Avenue is a tiny "how to" cigar shop with friendly and knowledgeable staff that are eager to show you around. Even if you're not a cigar smoker, the shop is a tiny cigar museum where you can see what it takes to make them. All cigars are hand made on the premises and there are two tables where you can observe staff rolling, the tiny one outside, and the bigger one inside. The owner is an older gentleman that has a fantastic sense of humor and likes to give young 20 somethings deals on cigars for their Godfathers. Tip: Cubans can be bought here but they're not made at the shop. I'm not familiar with what qualifies as "good quality" when speaking on terms of cigars, but either way, the shop is a fun little detour.
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