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Ye Olde Cigar Shops

These seven standout shops are the oldest cigar stores in the United States­, each of which opened their doors well over 100 years ago
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Ye Olde Cigar Shops
Iwan Ries & Co. Chicago • Founded 1857 “Don’t kill each other.” That’s the half-joking reply from Kevin Levi, the general manager of the nation’s oldest tobacco shop, when asked the secret to  maintaining a family business for five generations and counting. Chuck, his father and the president, concurs: “We’ve had a rule going way back that we do not discuss business outside of office hours.”   “Way back” is a relative term for the custodians of a retail legacy that began before the Civil War. For Kevin, it means at least a quarter century at the shop and for Chuck 63 years. Within its long history, the business has undergone several changes …
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