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Merchants miffed over cigars

Some downtown merchants recently complained about cigar smoke from a newly opened shop wafting into their businesses.

For a short while, the Tinder Box at 200 N. Palm Canyon Drive, allowed patrons to smoke cigars at a table outside the store, just as they did when the store was located at 245 S. Palm Canyon Drive.

But the smell was too much for some of their new neighbors, who want to snuff out the smoking.

"You wouldn't believe the obnoxious odor of six cigars coming in here," said Dick Rogers, owner of the Canyon Rose Boutique, 218 N. Palm Canyon Drive.

Rogers, along with Andreas Hotel & Spa General Manager Charlie Robles, wrote to City Hall about the smoke. Robles also manages several retailers on Palm Canyon Drive, including Canyon Rose Boutique and Fit to be Tyed.

City officials stepped in, telling the Tinder Box that until it has a permit for the table, the table must be removed. Tinder Box's owner declined to comment.

Now those cigar patrons are puffing away at Ignition Coffee Lounge across the street, where they have been welcomed and there haven't been any complaints, said owner Amy Raei.

"It seems in this economy, if you want businesses to stay, you need to overlook some of the little things," said Tony Seirafi, 29, who was smoking a $3 Tinder Box brand cigar at Ignition on Friday morning.

Seirafi, a police officer in the Marine Corps. said he shouldn't have to hide the fact that he enjoys a good cigar.

"We're not drinking, we're not causing trouble," he said.

The Tinder Box is in the process of applying for an outside table permit, however. If that happens, Robles would like the table to be placed on the Andreas Road side of the business, instead of on Palm Canyon Drive.

He said the smoke wafts into his hotel rooms - which range from $300 to $500 a night. His guests have to pay a $350 cleaning fee if they smoke in the rooms and they have come to him saying, " ‘Hey, I didn't do this,'" Robles said.

"I can't tell you how it reeks," Robles said.

He said he wouldn't mind if the smokers sat elsewhere, as long as they do it where his guests and his retailers can't smell it.

Bob Brickman, who was puffing on a $7 Macanudo cigar, said the Tinder Box is 40 feet from the other retailers. The 77-year-old Army veteran still remembers his first cigar 55 years ago. He was hunkered down in a foxhole in Korea, waiting for an attack.

"A guy had a cigar and he shared it with me," Brickman said.

Brickman said he certainly doesn't want to offend anyone and he never heard of complaints at the former location.

But Cilantro Gallery Manager Odel Bonnin heard plenty of complaints. His business was located right next to the Tinder Box on South Palm Canyon Drive and his customers would complain about the smoke, which would come through the vents and from outside, he said.

"It used to bother us," Bonnin said.

Last year, the city of Palm Desert approved a law stating that smokers can no longer light up in places that share common air-conditioning or heating vents with nonsmoking areas.

It was unclear Friday whether Palm Springs has a similar law.

John Freedberg, owner of Desert Board Company, 220 N. Palm Canyon Drive next to the new Tinder Box location, said he has never smelled cigar smoke at his business.

"That's awful for anyone to complain," Freedberg said. "They are bringing people here."

He said he wouldn't mind if the smokers sat elsewhere, as long as they do it where his guests and his retailers can't smell it.

Bob Brickman, who was puffing on a $7 Macanudo cigar, said the Tinder Box is 40 feet from the other retailers. The 77-year-old Army veteran still remembers his first cigar 55 years ago. He was hunkered down in a foxhole in Korea, waiting for an attack.

"A guy had a cigar and he shared it with me," Brickman said.

Brickman said he certainly doesn't want to offend anyone and he never heard of complaints at the former location.

But Cilantro Gallery Manager Odel Bonnin heard plenty of complaints. His business was located right next to the Tinder Box on South Palm Canyon Drive and his customers would complain about the smoke, which would come through the vents and from outside, he said.

"It used to bother us," Bonnin said.

Last year, the city of Palm Desert approved a law stating that smokers can no longer light up in places that share common air-conditioning or heating vents with nonsmoking areas.

It was unclear Friday whether Palm Springs has a similar law.

John Freedberg, owner of Desert Board Company, 220 N. Palm Canyon Drive next to the new Tinder Box location, said he has never smelled cigar smoke at his business.

"That's awful for anyone to complain," Freedberg said. "They are bringing people here."

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Source: The Desert Sun

Merchants miffed over cigars