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Lindley Estes is a business writer for The Free Lance-Star and This blog is on Fredericksburg-area business. Send an e-mail to Lindley Estes.

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Hogshead Cigar Lounge opens in Spotsy

The area’s newest cigar retailer has opened shop in Spotsylvania at 9849 Jefferson Davis Hwy.

Hogshead Cigar Lounge, owned by Hector Rodriguez Jr., opened its doors in July and held a grand opening event last week.

Rodriguez is an active duty Marine who will soon retire and is embarking in selling cigars as a second career.

He and his family moved to the area two years ago from Okinawa, Japan, where he was stationed.

As a goodbye present, a friend gave him a humidor. He said that upon filling it in the area, he was surprised by the lack of lounges for cigar smokers.

“It’s a friendly atmosphere,” he said about the business. “I greet people at the door. There’s a real camaraderie in cigar culture that I wanted to see here locally.”