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Ian Walker, Northern Briar pipes

Classically English: Ian Walker’s Northern Briars

Ian Walker, owner of the English pipemaking company Northern Briars, is celebrating a big anniversary this year—the 60th year of his company’s birth in...
Jon Huber, Crowned Heads

Carve Your Own Path: Leveraging Authenticity with Crowned Heads’ Jon Huber

Authenticity is a trait that many successful brands and entrepreneurs have learned how to master. It can’t be faked or manufactured—you either keep it...
Art Garcia, Antigua Esteli

Into the Groove: Art Garcia and Antigua Esteli Cigars

You’re likely to find Art Garcia in a studio, making music and developing new talent for several companies. You’ll also find him hard at...
FDA Cigar Warning Requirement Delayed by Courts

Courts to the Rescue: FDA Cigar and Pipe Warning Statements

On July 5, 2018, a federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued an injunction preventing the U.S. Food...
Tobacco FDA Compliance Deadlines

A Changing Compliance Landscape: Upcoming Tobacco FDA Compliance Deadlines

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not only set a number of compliance deadlines that the cigar industry must comply with, but...
Lissette and Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, E.P. Carrillo Cigars

A Lasting Impression: Ernesto Perez-Carrillo and E.P. Carrillo Cigars

Since establishing EPC Cigars in late 2009 with his children, Lissette and Ernesto III, Ernesto Perez-Carrillo has regularly introduced new cigars—both long-term brands and...
Jose "Jochy" Blanco, President, Tabacalera Palma

Branching Out: A Look at Tabacalera Palma

One of the oldest cigar companies in the Dominican Republic is also one of its least famous, but Tabacalera Palma’s president, Jose “Jochy” Blanco,...
Starky Arias, Marketing Director at AJ Fernandez Cigars

Creating Brand Recognition: The Marketing Behind AJ Fernandez Cigars

As a graphic designer, Starky Arias has always been focused on appearance and visually communicating a brand’s message. He got his start in the...
Culture of Influence: Sales Tips from Alec Bradley's Jonathan Lipson

Culture of Influence: Sales Tips from Alec Bradley Cigars’ Jonanthan Lipson

While Jonathan Lipson was attending college at Boston University, he met a cigar rep at a local cigar shop who set him on a...
Jeff Borysiewicz's Florida Sun Grown Tobacco FSG

Purely For Passion: A Look at Jeff Borysiewicz’s Florida Sun Grown Tobacco

Jeff Borysiewicz has been proving doubters wrong throughout his entire professional career. In the late 1990s, Borysiewicz left his family’s successful auto repair business...
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