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.
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.
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.
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.
Thomas Supply Trade Cigars opened the retail area first and then the classy and classic lounge in December of 2018, “The Living Room” is now a place to relax, work and socialize on the busy town center.
The Smoke Inn Cigars franchise, which is comprised of 11 retail and lounge locations throughout Florida and Internet retail, hosted hundreds of cigar enthusiasts from all over the East Coast in beautiful West Palm Beach, Florida February 14th – 17th for the 13th Annual Great Smoke.
Nice Ash owner Rob Roth opened 2007 in New York his own establishment with all of the services and amenities he felt were missing in the Buffalo/Depew cigar landscape.
Justin Harris ventured north of Baltimore, MD where off the beaten path lies a true gem: the Main Street Cigar & Pipe Company. Upon entering the lobby, Justin could already tell that he was in for a treat and a few hours of enjoyment.
What could possibly make a visit to an already awesome adult playground even better? A cigar lounge, that’s what!
Looking around the landscape of the cigar industry, one thing notably missing is the presence of African-American brick & mortar owners, especially females. Shirley McClellan opened the Fire & Smoke Cigar Parlor in Baltimore, MD with a mission.
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.
Classifying the QG as a one-stop-shop would be an insult and understatement. This “department store” is a comprehensive experience and a must-visit locale when visiting Baltimore, MD.