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Smokin' U S A

In The 1920s There Were Speakeasies. In The 1990s There Are Cigar Lounges
Shandana A. Durrani
From the Print Edition:
Danny DeVito, Winter 96

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The Cigar Smoking Lounge at Oasis Winery
14141 Hume Road
(540) 635-3103



Federal Way

International Cigar Store
31840 Pacific Highway South
(206) 946-5016

A Lounge Leader

The cigar lounge craze sweeping the nation is nothing new to one man in California. For more than 10 years, Nazareth Guluzian of Nazareth's Fine Cigars and Smoke Lounge in Beverly Hills has been offering a sanctuary for cigar smokers at his cigar shop.

With its all-cedar interior, leather chairs and relaxed atmosphere, Nazareth's 800-square-foot private smoking lounge is a haven for the who's who of Hollywood: from Schwarzenegger to Stallone to Cage. Guests can kick back and enjoy an espresso or tea while savoring a cigar from Nazareth's well-stocked humidor, which includes Montecristos, Avos and the store's signature brand, Romeo and Julieta, made exclusively for Guluzian.

"We upgraded [the cigar] until it became a quality cigar and we put my name on it," says Guluzian, who has been working with Romeo and Julieta since 1985. The cigar, which is known as Nazareth's Romeo and Julieta Cabinet Selection, comes in five different shapes: Churchill, corona, lonsdale, robusto and palma.

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