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ventory maintains its optimal moisture level and freshness. "We have people who come in from major cities and places from all around the country frequently," said Bogardus. "They said they read about us on Yelp or heard about us from the concierge at their hotel. We've been in all the cigar publications, we had Jerry Seinfeld and Steve Harvey here [taping part of their Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee]; so people know about us." Beyond the well-known commer- cially available cigar brands (and less- er-known gems in the making), Biggs has also set out to build a unique inventory of rare and vintage cigars. Through a unique partnership with Darren Cioffi, president of Tennes- see-based Principle Cigars and an avid 30 SMOKESHOP August 2016 > RETAIL PROFILE > Above: One of the Bigg's well-equipped walk-in humidors that serves a broad demo- graphic cross-section of clientele. Right: Rhoda Bogardus has brought 35 years of premium cigar experience to Biggs Cigar Emporium, overseeing retail operations. Below: Vintage cigars at Biggs are true one- offs sometimes exceed century in age.

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