One morning of the early '90s tenants of the new Pulitzer Building in Manhattan noted a new face at the small cigar stand that crouched between two pillars of the lobby. They noted too that their cigars that morning had a softer feel, a fresher tang. David A. Schulte had begun business for himself and already was anticipating the contentment of his customers. They ought to appreciate fresh smokes, he had reasoned, and quick service and low prices. They did. Now D. A. Schulte Inc.'s retail stores...

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