Vendetta’s motto is “living well is the best revenge” and owner, Bruce Rothenberg, is all about the finer things in life. This is more than evident at his shop in Nob Hill’s Fairmont Hotel, where he sells high quality items like fine Italian caps and Persol sunglasses. But Bruce’s real specialty, his baby if you will, are the pre-embargo Cuban cigars he lovingly sells to customers with the reluctance of someone selling his offspring. He knows the history of these babies, dating from 1947 to 1962, and assures that, like a fine wine, they only get better—more complex and more character—with age. As one of the only (if not the only) stores in the country selling Cubans, you will pay the price for one of these rare stogies—cigars range from $125 to $250 apiece. Bruce has added a separate smoking room with a cushy sofa for a few guests to light up and enjoy their purchases. Don’t worry, if the Cubans are a little out of your price range, he carries Dominican and Nicaraguan cigars for a fraction of the price. Open Tuesday through Saturday, noon through 7pm.
- Erika Lennert