Caitlin Fitch

Scene in S.B.

Santa Barbara Cigar and Tobacco

I enjoy the camaraderie and friendship you make when smoking cigars,” said Matthew Lanford, who has owned and operated Santa Barbara Cigar and Tobacco (10 W. Figueroa St.) for the last 20 years.

Lanford got his start in the world of tobacco at a shop in San Luis Obispo and has since been providing Santa Barbarans with hundreds of varieties, including his best-selling brand, Arturo Fuente. As for the long-awaited legal Cuban cigar, he said, “I’d love for it to happen, but it will be a long time, and I expect [when it does], the quality will suffer.”

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Lavagnino’s Sudden Victory

5th District supervisor a shoo-in as filing window closes; Gregg Hart also unopposed for 2nd District.

One Half of Old Town Streets to Get Sidewalks

Walkways planned for one side of Goleta neighborhood streets; parking, lighting talks at community meeting March 22.

After Disaster in Montecito, Where Is All the Money Going?

Santa Barbara nonprofits account for millions spent on relief efforts.

Santa Barbara Experiences a Rainy March, but a Dry Year

Water year only 34 percent of normal for precipitation.

City Says Franceschi House Has Got to Go

The estimate to rehabilitate the historical building was nearly $7 million.