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Red Cloud Fine Cigars and Tobacco and Martini Lounge, California
Fulfillment in Fullerton.
Posted: October 9, 2006
In California, extraordinary efforts sometimes must be made to accomplish what in most places requires only an idea. Here, significant hoops are involved, but in the case of the Red Cloud Fine Cigars and Tobacco and Martini Lounge, the owners have done most of the jumping through them. They've created, in a small city in Orange County near Anaheim, an oasis out of old horse stables.
All you have to do to enjoy smoking a cigar at Red Cloud is pay the $250 membership fee, be a guest of a member and buy your cigar there. (Red Cloud has a particularly strong variety of selections for Southern California). If you're visiting from out of town, general manager Dean Morris will invite you to enjoy one of the two rooms that comprise the lounge.
|An event night at Red Cloud is packed.|
And especially when cigarmakers drop by to show off their artistry, as Rocky Patel did one night in June.
"He stayed until early in the morning," general manager Morris explained. "Everyone had just a great time."
|Inside the walk-in humidor.|
One curious feature of the humidor is a sort of waterfall trickling down the tile wall in one corner. Morris explains that usually the water flows onto the floor and creates a shallow liquid pool.
"It helps with the humidification," Morris said.
Southern California is dry, so let's just call this a "unique" method to moisten.
Red Cloud has a second retail outlet just a few miles away in the town of Orange, just across the street from Felix's, a Cuban restaurant. Can you feel the synergy? The store in Orange is being outfitted as a club and should be open soon. Look for membership fees to rise.
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