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Name of Shop: Cigar Emporium
Date Visited: 05/20/09 (first of several)
Street Address: Woburn Mall; 269 Mishawaum Road
Phone Number: 781-933-0231
Hours of Operation: Mon – Sat 10:00 – 9:30; Sun 12:00 – 6:00
Meh. It’s in a mall, and not a particularly enticing one. But it’s convenient, at the confluence of Routes 93 and 95. Nothing special.
Meh. Just paid clerks. Sometimes they know a little, sometimes they don’t. One guy didn’t know whether he could accept a coupon (the Punch “Tax Relief” promo), but tossed me a free Punch anyway. Another time, the cashier was too involved with her cell phone to pay me any mind.
Better than the downtown drugstores or North End smoke shops, but nothing like Peretti, G-Street, or even Leavitt & Peirce. A broad, middle-of-the road spectrum at reasonable prices. Major brands. Definitely a shop for the consumer (it’s across from a Tux rental shop), but not the splurger. Lots of smoking-related items, some pipes and supplies, starter kits, a few head-shop type items.
None, and nothing nearby (it’s a MALL!)
Overall Opinion: Below Average
It’s okay, just okay. None of the personality (for good or ill) of downtown smoke shops; clean and convenient and not too pricey; in the mall. Good enough in a pinch, but not necessarily good for the adventurer and definitely low on the understanding and camaraderie scale. Would not go out of my way to visit.