Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Smoke Shop

Perfect Ash

Most “locker room talk” guys probably don’t actually use locker rooms, and are more likely to say something off-color over a nice cigar. Don’t go pulling that at Perfect Ash: The store’s owned by Diana Anaya, a Mexican-born businesswoman and University of Minnesota law school graduate, who claims to be the only female owner of a cigar store in the state of Minnesota. (Care to argue?) Heralded for its constantly rotating selection of imported cigars and pipe tobacco, Perfect Ash is a welcoming place to aficionados and new smokers alike. Take a stogie out to enjoy on the benches, which afford a view of the bluffs of the Mississippi River Valley; or become a member next door at the Lilydale Social Club, the only place in Minnesota where you can enjoy a drink and a smoke indoors.

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