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Cigar Factory

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The storied history of the Cigar Factory was long left to a mere historical marker situated behind the giant building. Now, thanks to its renaissance as a multi-retail and business space, Charlestonians are rediscovering the history of the place and doing what any historic preservationist will tell you is the best way to save an important spot — use it. Now home to Garden & Gun, Mercantile and Mash, and the soon-to-open Rappahannock River Oyster Company’s restaurant, the space is no longer an empty shell, but a viable part of the landscape of Charleston and recently named one of “Preservation’s Best of 2015” by Preservation Action, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Trust Community Investment Corporation. —Kinsey Gidick

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