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A True Halloween Horror Story: The End of Latakia

Latakia After & Before

T’was the night before Halloween and all through the flat, not a creature was stirring, not even a bat. The treat bags were hung, by the doorway with care, in hopes that good neighbors wouldput candy in there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of peanut butter cups danced in […]

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A Chat with Chris Gawith of Gawith and Hoggarth

I had a chance to sit down with Chris Gawith and chat to him about his two brands, Samuel Gawith and Gawith and Hoggarth. It was an audio interview, so I have transcribed it as such. Are you thinking about dropping one of the brands? No, not at all. They are all made under the […]

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IPCR 2019 Update #2 What’s New in Pipes? Dunhill is back?!!?

James Foster, CST After my previous article covering the regulatory affairs in the industry and the changes to International Premium Cigar &; Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) tradeshow, I thought a good follow up would be all the good news and great new products that are still hitting the market this year as a bit of […]

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IPCPR 2019 Update #1 Regulatory Affairs and Changes to IPCPR

James Foster, CST Well, friends, it’s that time again where I’ve trekked out to Vegas for you in the summertime…  Braving the heat, strange offers from Uber drivers, and Brian Levine’s attempts at comedy to bring you the latest news that’s fit to print about the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) trade […]

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Bisgaard Pipes Under New Ownership and Growing

James Foster, CST If you haven’t heard of Bisgaard Pipes you’re not alone. I actually hadn’t heard about them either until Kevin mentioned to me that they were under new ownership. “New Ownership? I didn’t know the old owners, how long have they been in business?” I asked. “Why don’t you write an article about […]

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Briarworks Gets New Digs

James Foster, CST The fact that Briarworks has moved everything to a new location is nothing new. What is new though is the fact that they have opened up a storefront to have customers stop by and buy a pipe, or sit down in the lounge and smoke a cigar from their humidor. I had […]

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Changing of the Guard: The End of the Dublin Era at Peterson

James Foster, CST While it’s not late-breaking news at this point about the purchase of Peterson pipes by Laudisi, and the Peterson tobacco line to Scandinavian Tobacco. I did feel it was important to talk to the stakeholders about what the future holds. So strap yourself in as I had a chance to talk to […]

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Tobacconist Spotlight: The Country Squire

James Foster, CST You may or may not have heard about the fact that Mississippi’s oldest tobacconist is moving. The Country Squire opened in August of 1970, and this August will celebrate its 48th year of continuous operation. Luckily the shop will only be moving a couple doors down in the same shopping center. Over […]

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Exploring The Current Vintage Tobacco Market

James Foster, CST With the recent demise closing of McClelland, it got me thinking how prices will fare with the change in the landscape, and how the existing tobacco retailers and suppliers are handling the changes and how does the vintage tobacco market look today after the dust has begun to settle. Who better to […]

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Unsung Heroes: Craig Watness from the Seattle Pipe Club

A. Miller Our community is a unique one. And this month I had the opportunity to speak with a man who for 31 years has been passionate about working with the Special Olympics as a coach. For the unfamiliar, the Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities. Craig Watness, […]

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