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Spring Street Cigars

A Blueprint for Growth: Spring Street Cigars

John Higgins has been a casual cigar smoker for many years, getting into the hobby with what he thought—at the time—were quality cigars. As...
Dr. Gaby Kafie | Kafie Cigars

Second Life: Dr. Gaby Kafie and Kafie 1901 Cigars

At the height of Dr. Gaby Kafie’s career, things unexpectedly came to a screeching halt. It was 2007, and Kafie found himself in a...
Peter James Co.

The Rule Breakers: Peter James Co.

The most successful businesses find a weakness in a market and then offer a service or a product that will fill the gap. That’s...
Two Groups Call Out FDA Inaction on Menthol Cigarette Regulation and Ban

An Update on FDA Regulations

Federal law and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations require that tobacco products that were introduced into the market after Feb. 15, 2007,...
Erik Espinosa for Tobacco Business Magazine | Photography: Slav Gordeyev

The Underdog’s on Top: Espinosa Cigars’ Erik Espinosa, Part 2

For part 1 of this Tobacco Business cover story featuring Erik Espinosa, click here. Cooking Up a Hit with Guy Fieri A big part of Espinosa’s...
Cigars for Warriors | Volunteering

Reimagining Making Money and Doing Good

Over the years, I have hinted about and touched upon some of the fundraisers that retailers put on to benefit Operation: Cigars for Warriors...
Erik Espinosa for Tobacco Business Magazine | Photography: Slav Gordeyev

The Underdog’s on Top: Espinosa Cigars’ Erik Espinosa, Part 1

There’s no one in the cigar industry quite like Erik Espinosa. He’s a businessman but not the type you’ll find sitting behind a computer...
Rocky Patel

Rocky’s World: A Look at the Business of Rocky Patel

Rocky Patel is a man on a mission: He wants to make cigar smoking exciting for a new generation. As a longtime brand owner...
Dissident Cigars | Cynn Coburn

Doing Things Her Way: Dissident Cigars’ Cynn Coburn

It was in the final days of 2021 when it was announced that Joshua and Cynn Coburn would be taking over as the owners...
Serino Cigar Co. | Tony and Carson Serino

Blockbuster Results: Serino Cigar Co.

Anthony “Tony” Serino entered the cigar industry soon after selling his South Florida video rental store business nearly 30 years ago. With the money...
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