Fiesta Day 2022 – Presented by J.C. Newman Cigar Co.

Fiesta Day 2022 – Presented by J.C. Newman Cigar Co.

Join J.C. Newman Cigar Company at the 75th Annual Ybor City Fiesta Day!

Ybor City Chamber’s Fiesta Day is a family-friendly, FREE “street festival” celebration commemorating the Cuban, Italian, Spanish, Jewish and German immigrants that settled in Ybor City in the late 1800’s as the cigar factories thrived. Fiesta Day attracts families and people of all ages.

The event originally started as a “verbena” or day of rest for the cigar workers who settled in Ybor City’s “Cigar Capital of the World” from Spain, Cuba, Germany and Italy. It now attracts thousands of passionate people to the festival’s exquisite ethnic food and entertainment.

Fiesta Day is the only event which closes Ybor City’s famed “La Septima” or 7th Avenue to traffic allowing pedestrians to explore the historic streets freely.

Join J.C. Newman Cigar Company and many other Ybor institutions as we celebrate the unique culture which built Cigar City through food, arts & crafts and music.

 

J.C. Newman Brings “El Reloj” to The Premium Cigar Association Trade Show

J.C. Newman Brings “El Reloj” to The Premium Cigar Association Trade Show

J.C. Newman Recognized for its El Reloj Booth at PCA 2021
Won “Best in Show” and was the world’s largest cardboard trade show booth

Drew Newman, fourth generation cigar maker, said:

“It was wonderful seeing so many friends at the Premium Cigar Association trade show last week.  We were honored that our J.C. Newman booth won “Best in Show!”  My father, uncle, and I are especially grateful to our friends at GOKARTONwho recreated our historic El Reloj cigar factory out of 2,000 pieces of recycled cardboard.  Because I am very proud of the restoration of our 111-year-old cigar factory in Tampa, I wanted to bring a replica of El Reloj and our cigar museum to the trade show in Las Vegas. 

My family and I hope that you will visit us in Tampa, tour El Reloj, and experience our new three-level cigar museum, interactive theater, and hand rolling room.  Our goal is to continue our centuries-old tradition of American cigar making.  Just as many wineries, breweries, and distilleries welcome visitors, we hope that El Reloj will become the premier cigar tourism destination in the United States.”

To see photos of J.C. Newman’s booth, interviews with Drew Newman, and other recaps of the 2021 PCA Trade Show, please use the buttons below.

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J.C. Newman Brings “El Reloj” to The Premium Cigar Association Trade Show

J.C. Newman Brings “El Reloj” to The Premium Cigar Association Trade Show

J.C. Newman Brings “El Reloj” to The Premium Cigar Association Trade Show

Constructs World’s Largest Cardboard Trade Show Booth

LAS VEGAS, NV – J.C. Newman Cigar Co. has recreated its iconic “El Reloj” cigar factory to the 2021 Premium Cigar Association Trade Show in Las Vegas this weekend.  J.C. Newman’s booth is a quarter-scale model of the west end of its 111-year-old cigar factory in Tampa and features a 26-foot-tall clock tower.  Visitors can walk inside El Reloj, tour a replica of J.C. Newman’s cigar museum, and view cigar artifacts from the company’s history.  Photos of the booth are below.

“In celebration of our company’s 125th anniversary last year, we restored our historic El Reloj factory in Tampa and opened a new three-level cigar museum, interactive theater, private events space, hand rolling cigar room, and factory store,” said Drew Newman, general counsel and fourth generation cigar maker.  “For the 2021 Premium Cigar Association Trade Show, I wanted to bring El Reloj to Las Vegas.” 

 J.C. Newman’s historian, Holden Rasmussen, will be giving tours of El Reloj to trade show visitors and sharing the history of the cigar industry in Ybor City and the United States.  J.C. Newman is the only cigar company with a full-time historian on staff.

“My family attended the first cigar trade show in 1933 and every show since then,” said Newman.  “Our replica of El Reloj is unlike any booth that has ever appeared at a cigar trade show.  It highlights the history of our family business and the premium cigar industry in America.”

The replica of El Reloj was built entirely out of recycled cardboard by GOKARTON, the leader in cardboard displays.  It is the world’s largest cardboard trade show booth.  After the trade show, it will be recycled.

New Event Space Photos

New Event Space Photos

Standing in the heart of historic Ybor City, this iconic treasure is the perfect venue for anyone looking to create a unique experience in an authentically Tampa space. Several local vendors came together to show off just that! 

The result of that collaboration is the below photos, which show how unique and historic the space can truly be. These photos can serve as an inspiration for your own event. Click through, and then fill out an event inquiry form to start working on your own event today!

Ready To Book Your Event At J.C. Newman Cigar Co. Factory?

J.C. Newman at PCA 2020

J.C. Newman at PCA 2020

 

As America’s oldest, family-owned, premium cigar manufacturer, we are proud to say that we have attended the very first RTDA trade show in 1933 and have attended every RTDA/IPCPR/PCA trade show since then. This year will be no different.

Throughout the many ups and downs in the cigar industry, the trade show is the one time of the year family-owned cigar manufacturers and brick & mortar retailers come together to discuss ideas to further our business and protect our industry. Given the many regulatory and legal challenges that manufacturers and retailers are facing today, the show is more important and relevant than ever.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Las Vegas in July. We will be at the PCA Trade Show and hope you will be too.

 

Sincerely,

 

Eric Newman
President
Third Generation

 

Bobby Newman
Executive Vice President
Third Generation

 

Tinder Box Rapid City Diamond Crown Lounge

Tinder Box Rapid City Diamond Crown Lounge

On September 6 of 2019, Tinder Box Rapid City opens their Havana Room as a designated Diamond Crown Lounge! There’s so much you won’t want to miss!

Cigar Deals and Special Appearances

From 6 pm – 9 pm on September 6, the Tinder Box Rapid City Diamond Crown Lounge will host their grand opening party featuring a ton of great deals. Those who purchase any single cigar in the Diamond Crown Royal Family (Diamond Crown, MAXIMUS, Julius Caeser or Black Diamond) received a free Diamond Crown Julius Caeser 1895 perfecto cigar. This 1895 perfecto vitola is only available to distinguished Diamond Crown lounges.

Those who purchase any box in the Royal Family will receive a free, limited edition, Diamond Crown Royal sampler and will be entered for a chance to win a Diamond Crown Alexander 160 Count Humidor.

And if the cigars weren’t enough, 3rd Generation Owner and President Eric Newman will be on premises, to meet, greet, answer questions and tell some stories about the J.C. Newman family legacy and the story of the Diamond Crown cigar.

Tinder Box Rapid City will have this event catered, and at 9 pm, the weekly live music will commence to roll patrons into the rest of the evening. No tickets are required for this event.

 

 

Tinder Box Rapid City: More than Just a Cigar Shop

Tinder Box has been a staple in the cigar smoking community of Rapid City for quite some time, but a few brand new additions will delight cigar smokers, old and new. Their new, expanded humidor is large enough to carry the most prestigious brands. Their private meeting space is perfect for small gatherings, parties, or meetings.

Tinder Box Rapid City Diamond Crown Lounge offers a wide bar selection to pair with your favorite smoke, as well as light fare, and cigar lockers. The live music from 9 pm – 11 pm every Friday and Saturday brings people in, while in-season, the outdoor patio allows patrons to enjoy the summer weather. The newly appointed decor sets the perfect mood for sharing a cigar with friends, or unwinding after a long day. 

The Diamond Crown Lounge Designation

 

Tinder Box Rapid City has a reputation that proceeds itself. As a staple of the cigar industry, we are honored to partner with them as they open their Havana Room as a Diamond Crown Lounge,

Diamond Crown lounges are places where cigar aficionados can meet up and enjoy an unparalleled selection of fine and exclusive premium cigars. This is a lounge you’ll want to visit time and time again for Diamond Crown events or to relax with other cigar lovers.

 

Frisker the Bar Dog

 

 

Tinder Box Rapid City
Address: 518 7th St. Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone: (605) 341-8466

Website: https://rapidcitytinderbox.com/

Hours:
M – T: 12 pm – 10 pm
F – S: 12 pm – 11pm
SUN: 12 pm – 6pm

Tinder Box Rapid City Entrance

Underground 420 Private Event Space

Havana Room Private Event Space

Drew Newman Testimony at Small Business Hearing in Tampa

Drew Newman Testimony at Small Business Hearing in Tampa


U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, convened a hearing on Friday, April 5th, 2019 titled, “Keeping Small, Premium Cigar Businesses Rolling.”

Witness, 4th Generation Owner, and General Cousel  Drew Newman, delivered the following testimony:

 

Testimony of Drew Newman

General Counsel and Great-Grandson of the Founder

J.C. Newman Cigar Co.

April 5, 2019

Good afternoon Mr. Chairman and Members of Congress.

In 1895, my great-grandfather, J.C. Newman, founded our family business.  Four generations and 124 years later, we are the oldest, family-owned, premium cigar company in America.

Here in Tampa, we proudly roll premium cigars the same way that my great-grandfather did a century ago – both by hand and by hand-operated, antique machines from the 1930s.  We have 136 hard working and dedicated employees. 

Premium cigars are all natural, handcrafted products that are just like fine wines.  Just as the soil, sunlight, wind, and rain cause a grape grown in California to taste differently than the same grape grown in Oregon, the same is true of premium cigar tobacco.  As with wines, certain vintages or years are better than others.  And aging both wines and cigars enhances their taste.  Many winemakers blend different grapes to create unique tasting wines; we do the same with premium cigar tobacco.  We harness natural variation to make interesting blends for low-volume, limited edition cigars.  None of this is standardized, written down, or formulaic.  It is not a science.  It is an art, and the tradition has been passed down from generation to generation.

Premium cigars are just 3% of the cigar industry and just one half of one percent of the tobacco industry as a whole.  We are a tiny sliver of the tobacco world. 

We are deeply concerned that FDA is regulating our small industry out of business by treating our handcrafted, premium cigars like a scientific product and creating standards that are impossible for us to meet. 

In 2016, FDA adopted a “one size fits all” policy for tobacco and applied the massive and costly regulatory scheme developed for cigarettes to handcrafted, premium cigars.  This approach simply does not work for several reasons:

To create a new cigar, FDA requires it to be “substantially equivalent” to one sold in 12 years ago in 2007. This process is so exhaustive that it is expected to cost $250,000 for a single new cigar.  Moreover, the concept of “substantial equivalency” does not work because no two premium cigars are alike, and they change over time.  A cigar rolled in 2007 tastes different today than it did a decade ago.  

FDA is requiring that we redesign our packaging to apply massive new warning labels.

FDA is requiring us to test every type of cigar. Not only are there are no standards for testing premium cigars, but costs ($18,000 per size) are enormous.  This is particularly a problem since premium cigars are often made in small batches like craft beer.

We are paying thousands of dollars in user fees per day so that FDA can regulate us.

According to current estimates, it will cost approximately $30 million for our historic Tampa cigar factory to comply with FDA regulation.  This is why FDA estimated that regulation would force as much as 50% of the cigar industry out of business.

Unlike “Big Tobacco,” the premium cigar industry is made up almost entirely of small, family businesses like ours.  We sell our premium cigars to 3,000 specialty retailers across the country.  These are mom-and-pop, small family businesses with just a handful of employees.  Our boutique premium cigar industry simply cannot absorb these massive regulatory costs.

In 2009, Congress gave FDA authority to regulate tobacco products to address (a) youth usage and (b) addictiveness.  However, FDA’s own research has shown that (a) children do not smoke premium cigars and (b) the typical consumer smokes 1.7 premium cigars per month, a frequency that is not consistent with addiction.  Premium cigars are an old-world, handmade craft enjoyed by adults infrequently for relaxation and celebration. 

We respect FDA’s mission and the important work that it does to protect public health.  However, there is no scientific basis for FDA to regulate premium cigars.  

We are extremely grateful to Chairman Rubio and Congresswoman Castor for reintroducing bipartisan legislation to exempt premium cigars from FDA regulation.  The entire premium cigar industry, including the Cigar Association of America, Cigar Rights of America, and the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association, supports exemption.

Our one goal as a family business is to continue my great-grandfather’s legacy and hand roll premium cigars in America for another four generations and 124 years. 

Thank you very much.

You can also watch the full hearing on Facebook. Click here.

 

Rubio to Hold Small Business Field Hearing in Tampa

Rubio to Hold Small Business Field Hearing in Tampa


Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, will convene a hearing titled, “Keeping Small, Premium Cigar Businesses Rolling” on Friday, April 5, 2019, at 1:00 PM. Directly following the hearing, Rubio will hold a brief media availability.

The hearing will look at the climate of overregulation of the premium cigar industry, an iconic staple to Florida’s economy. Earlier this year, Rubio re-introduced the Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act of 2019, which seeks to exempt premium cigars from excessive and overly burdensome U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations and fees. Last year, Rubio spoke on the Senate floor on behalf of his amendment to save the premium cigar industry after leading a bipartisan letter to the FDA that urged an exemption of premium, hand-rolled cigars from these overreaching regulations, which threaten American premium cigar manufacturers and retailers, and could force this industry of mostly small businesses across the country to close. In 2016, Rubio visited Tampa’s J.C. Newman Cigar Company to meet with workers whose paychecks are being threatened by destructive regulations from Washington. In 2014, Senator Rubio penned an op-ed that called for “a halt to unnecessary federal regulations that threaten” this industry.

The hearing will be live-streamed on Senator Marco Rubio’s Facebook page.

Members of the media planning to attend must RSVP to RubioPressShop@rubio.senate.gov

Witnesses
Mr. Charles Maresca, Director of Interagency Affairs, Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration

Dr. Brad Rodu, Endowed Chair, Tobacco Harm Reduction Research, University of Louisville

Mr. Jeff Borysiewicz, President and Founder, Corona Cigar Company and Florida Sun Grown, Florida’s only tobacco farm

Mr. Drew Newman, General Counsel and great-grandson of the Founder, J.C. Newman Cigar Company

Hearing Details:
Keeping Small, Premium Cigar Businesses Rolling
Friday, April 5, 2019
1:00 PM, EDT
Hillsborough Community College, Ybor City Campus
Performing Arts Building
2112 North 15th Street
Tampa, Florida
Note: Directly following the hearing Rubio will hold a brief media availability.

Cigars of Tally: Diamond Crown Lounge

Cigars of Tally: Diamond Crown Lounge

Cigars of Tally Diamond Crown Lounge Grand Opening

On April 4th of 2019, Cigars of Tally opened their second location in Tallahassee, Florida as a designated Diamond Crown Lounge! There’s so much you won’t want to miss – be sure you stop in soon!

Cigar Deals and Special Appearances

From 6 pm – 10 pm on April 4th the Cigars of Tally Diamond Crown Lounge hosted their grand opening party featuring a ton of great deals. Those who purchased any single cigar in the Diamond Crown Royal Family (Diamond Crown, MAXIMUS, Julius Caeser or Black Diamond) received a free Diamond Crown Julius Caeser 1895 cigar. This 1895 is a cigar only available to distinguished Diamond Crown lounges. 

Those who purchased any box in the Royal Family received a free, limited edition, Diamond Crown Double Belicoso Gift set and was entered for a chance to win a Diamond Crown Alexander 160 Count Humidor.

And if the cigars weren’t enough, 3rd Generation Owner and President Eric Newman was on premises, to meet, greet, answer questions and tell some stories about the J.C. Newman family legacy and the story of the Diamond Crown cigar.

The Diamond Crown Lounge Designation

Cigars of Tally has a reputation that proceeds itself. As a staple of the cigar industry in the state of Florida, we are honored to partner with them as they open their second location as a Diamond Crown lounge.

Diamond Crown lounges are places where cigar aficionados can meet up and enjoy an unparalleled selection of fine and exclusive premium cigars. This is a lounge you’ll want to visit time and time again for Diamond Crown events or to relax with other cigar lovers. Cigars of Tally Diamond Crown Lounge offers a wide bar selection to pair with your favorite smoke. The lounge also boasts a number of flat screen televisions, an outdoor smoking patio, and is well appointed with a beautiful humidor full of your favorite premium cigars.

Cigars of Tally Diamond Crown Lounge
Address: 926 Monroe St. Tallahassee, FL 32303
Phone: (850) 727-0085

Thank you to everyone who came out to join us last week! We appreciate your support. Be sure to stop in again soon.

You can see this lounge location and a list of all our Diamond Crown Lounges by clicking here.