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There are cigar shops and then there are cigar emporia, the former being just a seller of cigars while the latter is really a clubhouse, a hangout, a man cave. The Main Stogie, on Alhambra's handsome, historic Main Street strip, offers the atmosphere you want in a smoking establishment. The rectangular space is spacious yet cozy. Large, brown leather stuffed chairs and couches are set off by deep red walls, punctuated by various masculine paintings. The nicely stocked humidor in the corner features such gems as San Cristobal, Alec Bradley Black Market, Ashton and Ecuador's Aurora Emerald Edition. Come around the place in the evening and you'll find San Gabriel Valley's cigar cognoscenti chatting, playing cards, watching sports or news on the big-screen TV and, most importantly, enjoying a very fine cigar at a more than reasonable price. —Adam Gropman

419 W. Main St., Alhambra, 91801. (626) 457-5000.

LA Weekly