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Something’s smokin’ in the Village

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Shawn Jewell is proud to announce the grand opening of the Village Cigar Lounge and Gallery at 104 W. Branch in the Village of Arroyo Grande. Jewell owned and operated Renegade Tobacco and Gifts in the lobby of the Pismo Beach Hotel before the hotel was closed for renovation earlier this year.

The purveyor of fine tobacco products has taken advantage of his relocation to expand his business into a more spacious art gallery and lounge. Cigar connoisseurs are invited to light up their wares in the upstairs lounge, which offers a wide-screen TV, and where Jewell soon plans to install a billiards table — as soon as he can figure out how to get it up the stairs. The former location had an exceedingly strict nonsmoking rule, but outside the auspices of the Pismo Beach Hotel, Jewell can claim exemption to the indoor smoking ban on the grounds that more than 90 percent of his business involves tobacco products.

In addition to the eclectic range of gift items, including die-cast model cars and an assortment of Mardi Gras paraphernalia, the Cigar Lounge has also made room to exhibit local artists. Currently on display are a series of arboreal landscapes by Fred Hewitt and a half-dozen sketches and portraits by Scott Frazier, who specializes in Native American motifs.

Conveniently located two doors down from Ralph and Duane’s Office and Cocktails, Jewell points out that he is maintaining the artistic tradition of the location, which formerly housed Raspberry Palette Fine Art Painting. Once his liquor license is approved, Jewell also hopes to add wine tasting to the business’ many offerings, a service he believes the village is thirsting for.

The mild-mannered tobacconist looks forward to a prosperous holiday season and a number of activities being coordinated by the Village Association, including Christmas in the Village, which kicks off Nov. 27 and 28.

For more info, call the Village Cigar Lounge and Gallery at 674-3109.

 

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Staff Writer Jeff Hornaday compiled this week’s Strokes and Plugs. E-mail him at jhornaday@newtimesslo.com.

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