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April 8, 2001 | DEBRA J. HOTALING
Funny how life works out. One day you're in the dorm rolling your own (not really you, of course--you were in the library studying for midterms when this mischief was going on). And now, 20-odd years later, here you are, cognac in hand, watching someone roll one for you. "People are enthralled seeing a cigar being made," says Victor Migenes Jr., president of La Plata Cigar Co. in Los Angeles, who conceived party appearances as a sideline in the early '90s.
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March 6, 1991 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The hand-rolled cigars on his humidor shelf represent his past. Victor Migenes figures that the roll of hand-drawn blueprints on an office shelf represents his future. "This is what I want to do," Migenes said, unfurling architectural sketches that depict an unusual floor plan: an old-fashioned cigar factory in a gleaming new downtown Los Angeles high-rise. "This would be the work area," he said, pointing to the proposed layout. "And over here we'd have the smokers' den. Dark wood.
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September 3, 1992 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
All of the cigar fans were turned on Tuesday night at a Los Feliz restaurant. The ones bolted to the ceiling and mounted on the roof were pumping away, expelling the huge quantity of smoke in the place. The ones standing in the bar and dining room were puffing away, extolling the high quality of the smoke in the place.
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June 23, 1996 | Dave Gardetta
When a shipment of tobacco leaves goes missing in Los Angeles, as one did recently in a downtown storage warehouse, the list of prospective owners is short. Tobacco, especially cigar tobacco, is an East Coast plant of commerce; cigar makers on the West Coast are rarer than pre-Castro robustos. The La Plata Cigar Co., a storefront that has done business for the last 20 years on Grand Avenue just south of Olympic, is the only family-run cigar business in California.
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