Smoke ‘N’ Sticks October Newsletter

Dear Friends,

October is here (I say it as if you did not know it.) I will start off this newsletter by apologizing as I have done a few times in the past when I’ve missed sending out a newsletter as I did in September, no excuse just overwhelmed as most of us are during that time of the year, but we are back on track a boy do I have news to share!

Great news from the East as I’m sure some of you already know, Sam Leccia sold his Black & White and Luchador brands to General Cigars.  Come enjoy some pre-General Leccia Cigars and Sam Congrats on a well-deserved deal!

New cigars are in the house for you to enjoy, the “New World” by AJ Fernandez the maker of the San Lotano brand, also the Aging Room Small Batch M356 by Boutique Blends Cigars, and Gurkha Cigars 125th Anniversary as well as the Cellars Reserve. All great blends with distinct taste and wonderful aromas that will enhance your cigar experience.

We truly strive to make your cigar immersion exciting, come talk with our in-house “aficionados” they will give you great suggestions.

Humidor Locker Owners Update – Just recently we have had some vacancies with our humidor lockers.  These lockers are inside our humidor made of Spanish cedar and are in the perfect environment to keep your cigars the way you like them, the lockers are always accessible during business hours and gives you a desirable location to keep your cigars, come in and ask me about the rental details.

A reminder to our locker owners that the maximum store credit that can be accrued and use in a month is $150.00 Thank You for your cooperation and understanding.

 

SMOKER EVENT

 AJ FERNANDEZ

SATURDAY OCTOBER 11TH

1:00-5:00 PM

 

Tabacalera Fernandez, best known to the English-speaking world as A.J. Fernandez Cigars, is a maker of cigars primarily grown and produced in Nicaragua.  The company is run by Abdel J. Fernandez, a third generation cigar maker, and is the prominent manufacturer of cigars sold under a variety of labels, including “Man O’War,” “Diesel,” and “San Lotano,” today the Fernandez factory in Estelí is among the largest in Nicaragua, and produces some 9 million cigars a year.

 

In the summer of 2010, AJ revived the long-discontinued San Lotano brand which was previously made by his grandfather in Cuba in the years before the Cuban Revolution of 1959, and has reinstated it and is one of the most talked about cigars today.

 

Come enjoy some great AJ Cigars talk with their West Cost Rep Giovanni Bonilla and spend aSaturday afternoon watching football.  We will have some great deals, raffles and give-a-ways.  Weather conditions permitting our car washing team will be here as well, these guys do a great job and are truly professionals!

 

SAVE THE DATE

NOVEMBER 8TH

GURKHA

SMOKER EVENT

1:00-5:00 PM

MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW

 

ARE YOUR READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!!

Football is in full swing and we are enjoying the games at Smoke N’ Sticks!  Monday night, Thursday night and of courseSunday form the First game to the last one.  We are your NFL weekly ticket.  Sundays Football hours: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM.  All football all the time!

ROLLER & HOUSE CIGAR

Smoke N’ Sticks House Cigars are always available in the shop, and for that special event you have planned ask me about having our Roller come roll cigars for you!

 THANK YOU

 As always, to show our appreciation for your continued patronage and support, please visit the coupon page on our website at http://smokensticks.com/coupon/?id=ShowCoupon for your October discount coupon.  Just print out the coupon and bring it in before the end of October. We’ll give you $10.00 off on your purchase of $25.00 or more (this coupon cannot be combined with any other offering or can it be redeemed during special events.)  All the best! – Vince.

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Smoke ‘N’ Sticks August Newsletter

Dear Friends,

And so it goes, last newsletter I sent out I started it by saying that June had been a whirlwind month and July has proven to be a very fast blur.
July started off with that wonderful summer holiday (Independence Day) that nostalgically reminds me of a more innocent time in this wonderful country, and even though the way we celebrate it today is different than the way we did when I was much younger it remains my favorite holiday of the year.

IPCPR (Tobacco trade show) as always took place in July, and even though I did not make the pilgrimage to the desert MECCA this year, most if not all the reps came by and gave me a wonderful update.  So within the next week we will be receiving recently released San Lotano & Gurkah cigars strictly “brick & mortar” cigars.  Come in and ask me about them!  Also below is the blur we wrote last month on the new Quesada cigars, if you have not tried them do so you will be happily surprised.

The Quesada 40th Anniversary Cigars – On the cold draw a strange but delicious note that almost reminds me of premium saltines cracker appears. Once the cigar is lit there are subtle notes of cocoa and leather, there is also a zest that is consistent of the San Andreas wrapper, just a wonderful tasting Cigar.

Of course Argentina’s loss in the FIFA Futbol finals was just upsetting, although it was a wonderful Sunday here at Smoke N’ Sticks with a bunch of people over to watch the final game and enjoyed great tasting  Argentinian finger foods to complement the whole cultural thing.

ARE YOUR READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!!

The start of this year’s NFL season is less than a month away, and I know a lot of anxious folks yours truly included who can’t wait.  Remember that Smoke N’ Sticks is your Football connection so come watch a game, and enjoy a cigar.

Mark your calendars first game of the season – Thursday September 4th 5:30 PM Green Bay at Seattle

ROLLER & HOUSE CIGAR

Smoke N’ Sticks House Cigars are always available in the shop, and for that special event you have planned ask me about having our Roller come roll cigars for you!

 THANK YOU

 As always, to show our appreciation for your continued patronage and support, please visit the coupon page on our website at http://smokensticks.com/coupon/?id=ShowCoupon for your August discount coupon.  Just print out the coupon and bring it in before the end of August. We’ll give you $10.00 off on your purchase of $25.00 or more (this coupon cannot be combined with any other offering or can it be redeemed during special events.)  All the best! – Vince

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Smoke N’ Sticks July Newsletter

Dear Friends,

What a whirlwind June we have had – with schools closing down for the summer, my children coming home for summer break, relative visiting from Argentina a little bit more remodel in the store it has definitely been a busy June. And know in two days we will be celebrating the two hundred and thirty-eight birthday of our great nation. Can it get any better!
So let’s begin with our Pre-Father’s Day Leccia event what a great time we had and Sam was here hanging out, smoking and telling us about his new lines. Lots of people, lots of great Leccia cigars (Black, White as well as the Luchador) lots of give-a-ways just lots of fun. I will post pics on our web site as soon as I can. BTY – just got some more Leccia’s in, so if you have not yet tasted them you’re in for a treat come by and get some for your 4th of July festivities!

MORE NEW CIGARS

The Quesdad 40th Anniversary Cigars – On the cold draw a strange but delicious note that almost reminds me of premium saltines cracker appears. Once the cigar is lit there are subtle notes of cocoa and leather, there is also a zest that is consistent of the San Andreas wrapper, just a wonderful tasting Cigar.
We also have the New Gurkha Line of Cigars. – Come in and ask us you will be happily impressed.

WORLD CUP 2014

The world is celebrating in Brazil with the Round Robin and the round of 16 behind us we are in for a treat on Friday and Saturday with the final eight.

Now of course we will be closed on the 4th to celebrate our Independence Day – But the 5th come early get a cigar, get comfortable in your seat and let’s watch some great Futbol!

July 4th France vs. Germany – 9:00 AM
Brazil vs. Colombia – 1:00 PM
July 5th Argentina vs. Belgium – 9:00 AM
Netherlands vs. Costa Rica – 1:00 PM

ROLLER & HOUSE CIGAR

Smoke N’ Sticks House Cigars are always available in the shop, and for that special event you have planned ask me about having our Roller come roll cigars for you!

THANK YOU

As always, to show our appreciation for your continued patronage and support, please visit the coupon page on our website at http://smokensticks.com/coupon/?id=ShowCoupon for your July discount coupon. Just print out the coupon and bring it in before the end of July. We’ll give you $10.00 off on your purchase of $25.00 or more (this coupon cannot be combined with any other offering or can it be redeemed during special events.) All the best! – Vince

Ps. it’s here – it’s happening!

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Smoke N’ Sticks June News Letter

Dear Friends,

June is one of the best month of the year – June is the month that my children come home from schools and my house get’s full of those wonderful sounds of summer (yes…including the yelling,) June 21 will herald the beginning of summer with all its infamous glory, June 12 marks the beginning of the World Cup, June 14th will be the pre-father’s day Leccia event, June 15th is Father’s day.  June is also the month when culminations and graduations take pace, for those of you who will be celebrating the aforementioned my most sincere congratulations to your graduate, as well as your family!

June also ushers in the NBA and NHL finals, and even though our beloved home teams (whichever team is your home team particularly the Lakers or Clippers for us Angelinos) is not in the finals our Los Angeles Kings will be engaging in a coast to coast finals that promise to be great.  Come join us at Smoke N’ Sticks, enjoy a great cigar and watch a great game  – Yes, June is a fun filled, event packed month!

 

9TH ANNUAL PRE FATHER’S DAY SMOKER EVENT

JUNE 14, 2014

1:00 – 5:00 PM

FEATURING SAM LECCIA AND THE LECCIA CIGARS INCLUDING

THE BLACK & WHITE LINE AND THE NEWLY RELEASED LUCHADOR LINE

                Mark your calendars June 14th will be the date for our 9th annual pre-father’s day smoker event. This year the creator of the famed Nubs and Cain cigars hailing out of Pittsburgh, PA Sam Leccia will be hanging with us and sharing how he created the Leccia Black and White and the new “Luchador” line which for the time being will only be available at you guessed it, Smoke N’ Sticks.

Sam tells me that for the Luchador he uses a Mexican San Andrés wrapper over an Ecuadorian habano binder and fillers from three countries: ligeros from Pennsylvania and the Jamastra region of Honduras, viso from Estelí, Nicaragua, as well as tobacco from the Ometepe.

                The Black & White brand has two blends, one called Black and one called White. White is being rolled by a small cigar maker in Nicaragua, while Black is being rolled in a small factory in the Dominican Republic. Black features a leaf of fire-cured tobacco, seldom used in the cigar business. (Almost all cigar tobaccos are air cured.) “I have never smelled anything like this,” said Leccia. “We ended up using half a leaf in the blend…. Its dark fired, its wood cured, which gives it that smoky aroma—it’s incredible. Come experience them for yourselves!

 

ROLLER & HOUSE CIGAR

Smoke N’ Sticks House Cigars are always available in the shop, and for that special event you have planned ask me about having our Roller come roll cigars for you!

WORLD CUP 2014

                June 12th through July 13th Smoke N’ Sticks will be televising all the games come join us; sport your national team’s jersey on game days for an additional discount on your purchases.

 THANK YOU

 As always, to show our appreciation for your continued patronage and support, please visit the coupon page on our website at http://smokensticks.com/coupon/?id=ShowCoupon for your June discount coupon.  Just print out the coupon and bring it in before the end of June. We’ll give you $10.00 off on your purchase of $25.00 or more (this coupon cannot be combined with any other offering or can it be redeemed during special events.)  All the best! – Vince

Ps. 10 days and counting!

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Smoke N’ Sticks March News Letter

Dear Friends,

There is change in the air, daylight savings starts this weekend (so remember to “Spring Forward” and set your clocks/watches ahead 1 hour.) This Wednesday past marked the beginning of Lent for Christians throughout the world and will culminate with Passover (April 14th through the 22nd) for our Jewish brothers and sisters and Easter (April 20th) for our Christian Brothers and Sisters.

Needless to say this time of the year is spiritually filled for many people, whatever your beliefs and traditions are I hope that you are at peace with yourselves, families and friends.

The Vernal Equinox on March 20th will usher in the beginning of spring. Ah, yes spring! This season brings increasing daylight, warming temperature (for our neighbors to the east) the rebirth of flora and fauna and of course those stunning spring photos that we will share on facebook!

For those of you who want to know – the word “Equinox” is derived from the Latin words meaning “equal night.” Days and nights are approximately equal everywhere and the Sun rises and sets due east and west.

CHANGE IS COMING – CHANGE IS GOOD

Thrilling times at Smoke N’ Sticks! And my way of saying THANK YOU for your continued patronage.

The upgrades to the shop will begin this month with a new air filtration system that will be installed as well as other changes to our lounge area and display showcases, come by and ask me about them – that is good and we are certainly looking forward to the changes, but the more exciting change is beginning to take place in the humidor that I’m not going to tell you about in this newsletter – come in and begin to experience it yourselves.

VISITOR FROM THE EAST AT SMOKE N’ STICKS

We are beginning to talk to an old friend from Back East to see if we can get him out here for the launch of his new cigar that has been getting just wonderful reviews. I will let you know if and when it materializes.
ROLLER & HOUSE CIGAR

Smoke N’ Sticks Casa Cigars are always available in the shop, and for that special event you have planned ask me about having our Roller come roll cigars for you!

WEB SITE AND COUPON PAGE

Yes Friends, our WEB site is still down strictly due to me for the same reasons that I didn’t want to go into in last month’s newsletter – but I predict that this month will not end without our web site up and running, Jared, what do you think? All the best! – Vince

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Smoke N’ Sticks February News Letter

Dear Friends,

January came and went without much fanfare, pomp nor circumstance, I don’t believe February will follow suit. February comes complete with Valentine Day which our spouse, significant other or partner will not allow us forget. It’s also has the distinction of being a shorter month than all the rest, oh yeah President’s Day on the 17th of February – yup all-in-all a very significant month!

JESUS FUEGO AT SMOKE N’ STICKS

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 6TH 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Mr. “Connoisseur” and “Sangre de Toro” himself will be at Smoke N’ Sticks. Come meet Jesus as he shares with us his passion for cigar making!

The Fuego family has been in the business of growing, blending, and rolling cigars for five generations (since 1876 when J.Fuego was founded as a leaf growing company) in “El Corojo” farm, Cuba.

It was in 1995 that the family left Cuba and immigrated to Central America. In 2006, after years growing, blending and making cigars for other companies, Jesus Fuego launched “Tabacos S.A.” releasing the “J. Fuego” brand with the Natural and Gran Reserva lines as a celebration of 130 years of his family in the cigar industry.

SUPER BOWL XLVIII

What a great time we had during the Super Bowl this past Sunday and even though the game was not as close as some folks would have liked, the cigars, camaraderie and food was just wonderful. Hope you all enjoyed your selves!

ROLLER & HOUSE CIGAR

Smoke N’ Sticks House Cigars are always available in the shop, and for that special Holiday event you have planned ask me about having our Roller come roll cigars for you!

WEB SITE AND COUPON PAGE

Friends, our WEB site is still down strictly due to me for reasons that I won’t go into in this news letter, ask me about it. All the best! – Vince

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Smoke N’ Sticks January Newsletter

Dear Friends,

January, Enero, Gennaio, Ianuarie, Hunvari, Januar, Ianouarios, in whatever language you say it the New Year is here! I pray this year is healthy, fulfilling and prosperous for us all.

My children are back at their respective schools and our home that just a few weeks ago was buzzing with activity is once again my quite sanctuary where I can sit in the back yard and enjoy the tranquility – although if I had my choice I prefer the chaos.

2014 is full of expectations, and grandness as we continue with our commitment of providing you with a better than average Cigar Experience, to that end plans are in the works for a remodel of Smoke N’ Sticks. I will keep you all posted as we get closer that finalizing what we are going to do.
2014 will also bring a slight but noticeable change to the humidor as we not only move cigars around (for those of you who are comfortable walking in and grabbing your cigars in autopilot) but will be adding and deleting some brands all in the effort towards our commitment to you all — exciting times are ahead.

FOOTBALL & SUPER BOWL XLVIII

The playoffs are here. Last week we saw some fantastic games and a few upsets according to the “Football Gods” this week we are looking for some of the same kind of football. Come joins us for fun times, great cigars and wonderful camaraderie and cheer for your favorite team. This year we will once again be at Smoke N’ Sticks for the 48th annual extravaganza on February 2nd let us know if you plan to attend!

ROLLER & HOUSE CIGAR

Smoke N’ Sticks House Cigars are always available in the shop, and for that special Holiday event you have planned ask me about having our Roller come roll cigars for you!

WEB SITE AND COUPON PAGE

Friends, our WEB site is down because — It was barely alive. Gentlemen, we are rebuilding it. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world’s first “bionic” site. Smoke N’ Sticks will be that site. Better than it was before. Better, stronger, faster. For those of you who recognize that above modified narrative, mention it to us next time you are in the shop. All the best! – Vince

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Smoke N Sticks November News letter

Dear Friends,

November 2013. It wasn’t that long ago that we were experiencing the summer heat waves, and now within a few days we will be remembering (and I for one thanking) all the vets who have continuously been the stewards of our freedom and liberties, an enormous wealth of gratitude for your commitment and sacrifice for us and our country!

A shout out to all the vest, come over on Monday November 11th and tell is which branch of the service you were in and (if you feel inclined) a bit of your story while in the service.

Two weeks and counting Thanksgiving is just around the corner, that time of the year when we get together with family and friends and give thanks for what we have and for what we don’t have.

On a personal note I am grateful for my family and the wonderful folks here at Smoke N’ Sticks who I consider my friends, thank you for your continued patronage and I wish you and yours a beautiful and fulfilling Thanksgiving.

FALL SMOKER EVENT
MY FATHER CIGARS
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 16, 2013
1:00 – 5:00 PM

Many of you have asked me about the lack of “smoker events” over the past several months and my answer
has been a constant, we will not have a smoker just for the sake of having a smoker I want to bring cigars
that people will enjoy and be intrigued by them, well I have rediscovered Pepin Garcia and his FRESH My
Father Cigars and I got to tell you it’s time to have an Event with these bad boys!

From the La Duena, and Jaime Garcia’s Reserva Especial to the No. 1 Cigars Flor de las Antillas line if you have not yet tasted these cigars you need to do so.  Come join our old friend Fadi Kerio (formally with Oliva Cigar Co.) for a good old fashion Smoker Event, Pepin and his clan have done an outstanding job with these cigars.  We will have great deal on box purchases as well as some very nice raffles.  We’ll see you on Saturday the 16th.

THE NFL @ SMOKE N’ STICKS

We are watching football at Smoke N’ Sticks every Sunday starting at 10:00 AM through the late game that starts at 5:00 PM.  Join us on Thursday, Sundays and Mondays for “The NFL @ Smoke N’ Sticks” come down get your favorite cigar and get ready for some football!!

ROLLER & SMOKE N’ STICKS CIGAR

Come on by, try it and tell me what you think.  Our house cigars are always available inthe shop, and for that special event you have planned ask me about having our Roller come roll cigars for you!

WEB SITE AND COUPON PAGE

Friends, many of you have notices that our web site and coupon page have been down, we are diligently working on getting them restored, until we do so next time you are in the shop ask me about them.  All the best! – Vince.

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Smoke N’ Sticks December News Letter

Dear Friends,

Happy Holidays, December 2013 is here and I will start with the proverbial “where did the year go.” It wasn’t but a few weeks ago (or so it feels) that we were celebrating Memorial Day and enjoying the end of summer heat and now we are beginning to bundle up as winter has come early (all be it a SoCal winter…but winter none the less.)

This time of the year is especially gratifying for me all my children come home from school, even if only for a few weeks, we are all together enjoying each other’s company and reminiscing of those Christmases when they were much younger writing letters to Santa Clause.

I do wish you the most sincere thoughts for a wonderful Christmas and/or Hanukkah and all the joy and prosperity for the New Year.

In a special way I would like to Thank and acknowledge Dave Samoska, Rich Greenberg and my son Vito for without their help we could not do what we do, also I want to thank Ryan Valentine our latest addition to our team who has fit in extremely well and definitely knows and enjoys fine cigars, if you have not met him yet come by and say hello to him.

With the utmost humility I thank you for continuing to patronize Smoke N’ Sticks, I hope we have been able to provide a haven and enjoyable place where you can at least for a short time forget things and enjoy a fine cigar and camaraderie.

The plans for 2014 are a little different than in years past. We are looking at some possible changes to the lounge area; I will keep you informed as plans come to fruition. I continue my commitment to bring in great and new cigars at a fair price, continue to host “smoke events” with manufacturers that care about the consumer and listen to our comments and to provide a place that you can call your cigar shop!

Again happy holidays to you all!

SMOKE N’ STICKS
“HOLIDAY THANK YOU”;
SMOKE EVENT
DECEMBER 14, 2013
1:00 TO 5:00 PM

We will be hosting our 4th annual holiday Thank You Smoker Event; our roller will be in the house rolling our house cigar, come and watch this artisan do his thing! Come enjoy some great finger foods and with the purchase of $75.00 or more you will be eligible to participate in raffles we will be having throughout the event. We have some great stuff including: Cigars, ashtrays, lighters, t-shirts & caps and a lot of other goodies.

Come and enjoy a wonderful Saturday afternoon with friends and take advantage of this great Smoke N’ Sticks promotion just before the Holidays.

A NOT IN EVERY STORE CIGAR

ARTURO FUENTE ANEJO (EXTRA VIEJO)

This year we will once again receive the Fuente Anejo Extra Viejo Cigar. The Fuente name is no stranger to cigar enthusiasts both at the novice and aficionado levels. For generations, the Fuente Family have been producing some of the best tobacco and cigars in the Dominican Republic.

BELOW IS WHAT WE HAD WRITTEN LAST YEAR ON THE ANEJO, STILL HOLDS TRUE TODAY!

So a little background on the Extra Viejo, after the hugely successful launch of their coveted OpusX family of cigars a new idea was born. This idea was for a cigar that uses the very best Dominican filler and binder, but adds a 5-year-old Connecticut maduro wrapper aged in a cognac barrel. This cigar became known as the Fuente Anejo extra Viejo. The Anejo is a full-bodied Dominican cigar with a unique aging process that leaves a very distinct finish and features that dark maduro wrapper. This cigar is typically available only around Fathers Day and/or Christmas.

FOOTBALL

We are in week 14 of the 2012 NFL regular season and things are really beginning to heat up. Come enjoy friends and cigars for Monday Night Football, and don’t forget we open early (10:00 AM) for the first game on Sunday mornings all the way through the last game in the evening, and of course Thursday nights we are here late whether we have football or not. Come joins us for fun times, great cigars and wonderful camaraderie!

ROLLER & HOUSE CIGAR

Smoke N’ Sticks House Cigars are always available in the shop, and for that special Holiday event you have planned ask me about having our Roller come roll cigars for you!

WEB SITE AND COUPON PAGE

Friends, many of you have notices that our web site and coupon page have been down, we are diligently working on getting them restored, until we do next time you are in the shop ask me about it. All the best! – Vince

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