Cigar and Tobacco Shop Opens on South Avenue

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A new tobacco shop opened last Friday in downtown New Canaan.

Sam Mustafa stands inside the walk-in humidor at L&A Cigars and Tobacco, 13 South Ave. Credit: Michael Dinan

Sam Mustafa, owner of L&A Cigars and Tobacco, said he got the idea for the New Canaan location when he went out to dinner in town with friends and having a hard time finding a place to buy a cigar afterwards.

“Maybe this town needs a cigar shop,” Mustafa recalled thinking.

The owner of two existing tobacco shops, including one in New Fairfield, he applied to the town in the fall and received approval from the Planning & Zoning Commission in December after some deliberations.

L&A Cigars and Tobacco opened Jan. 14, 2022 at 13 South Ave. in New Canaan. Credit: Michael Dinan

The bright, clean space at 13 South Ave. includes a walk-in humidor with 600 boxes of cigars priced from $3 to $27 apiece, and shelves with ashtrays, cutters, lighters, humidor boxes, pipes, hookahs, chewing tobacco, cigarettes and vapes.

Asked about what steps the shop takes to ensure that those purchasing tobacco products are of age, Mustafa said identification is always required in order to complete a transaction. 

“People have been coming in, checking out the cigars,” he said. “We’re happy to be here.”

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