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It's not easy being a cigar shop in a city where smoking is barely legal. When Davidoff of Geneva opened its first Madison Avenue store in 1987, nobody worried about where shoppers would go to sample the goods. But its current location, which dates from 2000, has gotten in trouble over the years for being a locus of secondhand smoke, and store owners have banned smoking entirely since May.
Now, Davidoff is moving to Madison and 53rd, just a block south of the current shop, to a space with a 300-square-foot smoker's lounge. Hosting a sort of smoker's café is apparently a growing trend in cigar shops, which are feeling increased pressure to let their customers light up without going outside. The new space will retain the old shop's staff and ST Dupont store-in-store, and it will remain smoke-free except for the lounge.
· New Flagship Store For Davidoff [Cigar Aficionado]
· Davidoff Madison [Official Site]