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 Post subject: Cigar Culture -- Hand Makers in New Jersey, Miami and others
PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 6:24 pm 
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Perhaps the moderators would like to start forums in each category for discussions relative the culture and use of the most popular tobacco products.

This story is from an old --- 1993 -- copy of Cigar Aficionado Magazine. It refers to small cigar makers in Miami, Union City, New Jersey and Los Angeles.

Some of the list members are in Tampa and Los Angeles. Any chance of discovering if the business mentioned is still around?

A great article on cigar culture.

Leigh M
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Cigar-Rolling Factories Are Closer To Home Than You Think

by Michael Frank

An intense August heat blows in through the narrow doorway of a dimly lit, hallway-shaped store in Union City, New Jersey. A few yellowing posters look as if they are melting into the stucco walls behind them. The air inside is thick with the aroma of cured tobacco and recently smoked cigars. On a tabletop blackened by oily wrapper leaf and scarred by thousands of tiny knife cuts, an old man's hands move with precise regularity, rolling a narrow, long panetela cigar while he talks with a fellow roller.

At the front of the store, a customer patiently leans on the wobbly, glass-fronted display case. Eventually a middle-aged woman gets up from her chair where she has been banding cigars and shows the customer a cigar-shape chart. No words are exchanged--they don't speak the same language--but the man points to the panetela cigar in the photo and holds up four fingers. "Quatro?" the woman asks. The customer nods, but when she pokes a hand into the case to grab four dried-out panetelas, the man says, "No, no!" and points wildly at the rolling table where three bundles of hour-old panetelas are resting. She slowly relents and retrieves four cigars from one of the bundles. The man hands the woman $4 and some change and lights up in a cloud of strong, rich smoke, which follows him out onto the boiling sidewalk.

<mostly snipped> go to the link for the whole story.

 Post subject: Re: Cigar Culture -- Hand Makers in New Jersey, Miami and others
PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 8:37 pm 

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Hi Leigh, try Googling the manufacturers. That may bring up some current info.

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