With $40,000 in renovations, Diana Petrich turned a musty, struggling cigar and pipe shop into Perfect Ash, a premium cigar and tobacco store. Sales are up 250% since she bought the store in 2004, but she's had to deal with legislative and tax issues along the way. "She knows what she's doing, she has a vision and that vision works. It's a unique business she's created and I'm not sure anybody else could have done it but her," said one customer.

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