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CigarFest 2019

CIGARfest 2019 | Lake Harmony, PA

CIGARfest 2019 | Lake Harmony, PA

With the scenic Pocono Mountains in the backdrop and more than 6000 registered enthusiasts, Cigars International (CI), the world’s largest online retailer of premium cigars, hosted its 16th annual, 5-day cigar sensory overload known as CIGARFest.

W. Curtis Draper Tobacconist

Curtis Draper Tobacconist | Cigar Friendly: Washington, D.C

These days there are very few reliable things coming out of the nation’s capital. Despite all of the political craziness and friction, one place that is consistently peaceful is Washington, D.C.’s most well known tobacconist, W. Curtis Draper (Drapers). Founded in 1887 by William Curtis Draper, it is the oldest full service tobacconist in the District of Columbia, third oldest in the United States, and owned and operated by John Anderson and Matt Krimm.

E squared cigar lounger

E2 | E Squared Cigar Lounge | Cigar Friendly: Wilmington, DE

Former banking professional and amateur motorcycle racer Omar Hargis was a regular patron of cigar brick and mortars in the Wellmington, Delware area until a motorcycle wreck sidelined him for 10 months. “Sitting on your deck with a broken leg enjoying cigars…you have a lot of time to think,” says Hargis. Healing up and returning to corporate America, he quickly realized that it was time to flex his entrepreneurial muscle, build a shop of his own, and create a legacy that could be passed on to his children and his children’s children.

Mina’s Cigar Lounge | Cigar Friendly: Baltimore, MD

What started as an investment in a business quickly became a passion for premium cigars. For Mina Herran, owner of Mina’s Cigar Lounge, the venture didn’t go as originally planned, which proved to be a blessing in disguise. In June 2017 Herran became the first African-American Female owner of a premium cigar brick and mortar in the city of Baltimore, MD.

Primings Cigar Lounge & Bar Nashville

Primings Cigar Lounge & Bar in Nashville, TN | Cigar Friendly

Chase Lyle, Primings‘ owner, took his time in building a destination that encompassed everything he felt a cigar lover would appreciate. Located on the edge of the booming downtown convention, tourism and sports district, Primings boasts to “offer the finer things in life” while not putting a strain on the enthusiast’s wallet.

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