Jim Clark celebrates 40 years at Straus Tobacconist


For nearly 30 years as the owner of Straus Tobacconist, Clark has largely considered himself a steward of the 138-year-old business. Wanting to protect its legacy, he has been very active in supporting the premium cigar industry and has served on the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailer association board. He is also president of the Ohio Premium Cigar & Pipe Association, an organization that he was instrumental in starting to protect the premium cigar industry in Ohio. These days Clark’s just as likely to be speaking to representatives at the statehouse in Columbus as he is to be helping customers pick out their favorite stogies.

Premium cigar retailers and manufacturers in the U.S. owe plenty of thanks to Clark for his willingness to stand up and fight against over regulation of the industry. Likewise, Cincinnati-area cigar enthusiasts have much to be thankful for Clark’s tireless dedication to ensuring that Straus Tobacconist’s future is as secure as its past.

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