In most restaurants and many other facilities, smoking is prohibited. In the planned Cigar Lounge, 16515 Bellflower Blvd., smoking cigars and maybe a pipe or two will be mandatory.
The location is south of Oak Street in the city’s downtown area. Ream more »
Straight out of the box I’ll let you know that I don’t like cigarettes. But then, I am an ex-smoker so it is practically mandatory for me to start hacking whenever I take in a lungful of second-hand smoke. Otherwise, I might remember how much I used to adore the joy that only a cup of coffee and that first cigarette in the morning can bring, the heady release of having a nicotine fit Ream more »
As I noted last month when I reviewed the San Andreas, I didn’t know what to think when Camacho announced a partnership with jewelery maker Matt Booth, whose Room 101 brand is named after the torture room in George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. The original Room 101, while far from a bad cigar, didn’t do much for me. Ream more »
Three of the most high-profile young ladies in the cigar business have collaborated to create a new, limited-edition cigar called Tres Reynas, which translates to “three queens.” The new project is the brainchild of Quesada sisters Patricia and Raquel of S.A.G. Imports in the Dominican Republic, along with Janny Garcia of My Father Cigars Inc. in Nicaragua. Ream more »
A few weeks ago, California voters narrowly rejected another tax increase not only on cigarettes, but also on those mass murderers — cigar and pipe smokers. As expected, proponents of Proposition 29 blame its defeat on all the money tobacco companies spent on ads against the proposition. Whenever a candidate or vote supported by progressives is defeated, the loss is attributed to money. Ream more »
When the owners of Milan Tobacconists recently celebrated the shop’s 100th anniversary, Glynn Loope was front and center. The Executive Director of the group Cigar Rights of America lives in Botetourt County.
“Done 28 states in the last 24 months, and we’re back and forth to Washington 2 or 3 days a week,” Loope told us in an interview, “so the cigar industry for the first time in its history is getting its act together politically.” Ream more »
Although the Food and Drug Administration has expressed its intention to regulate cigars under a 2009 law that gave it authority over the tobacco industry, it has yet to specify what’s ahead as it ramps up efforts to curb the death and disease caused by tobacco.
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I don’t like to be a complainer. I have way too much to be thankful for than to spend my time griping about this and whining about that. As a writer, reader, and lover of cigars, though, I recognize that sometimes grievances need to be aired. Today is one of those times.
In a previous listing of my top cigar pet peeves, I noted that while I consider cigars to be one of the great joys of my life, there are a number of cigar-related problems that continually irk me. Ream more »
Called L’Atelier Imports, the new company will be headquartered in Miami, rather than Los Angeles, where Havana Cellars is based. The company plans to debut a flagship brand, also called L’Atelier, that will be rolled at My Father Cigars from all-Nicaraguan filler and binder and wrapped in Ecuadoran leaf.
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Riverside entrepreneur Bill Bromley developed a taste for cigars during smoke breaks on construction sites when he was in his 20s.
He turned his hobby into a business in 2006 when he took over operation of the Mission Tobacco Lounge in the city’s downtown. Now, Bromley, 35, is moving further up the supply chain with his own brand of cigars and a partnership in a manufacturing facility in Honduras. Ream more »