Special guest Ken Mansfield Southeast Representative for Gurkha cigars on the show today!
Lane and Harris are on as usual today broadcasting from Cigars & More 280
Gurkha Cellar Reserve 21 year Solara 5×58 #nowsmoking – Harris
It is an easy medium body cigar
Ken: There has been an update to all of the Cellar Reserve cigars. They now all only come in perfecto shapes. The non perfecto shapes has been discontinued.
Lane: This is an interesting move. Why the change Ken?
Lane: The Gurkha Cellar Reserve Limitada Maduro is a great evening cigar with Bourbon and Scotch
Ken: Gurkha has really worked hard in the last few years to expand our Brick and Mortar only cigar lines. It is very extensive now and well protected.
Harris: Ken, I definitely agree with this. Several years ago you guys did not have any of this.
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Atlanta Cigar Destinations
Cigar City Club
Cutters Cigars and Fine Spirits
Cigarros Cigar Bar
Rocky Patel Burn – near the new Braves stadium
Cigar City Sports new location
Scottich Tobacco new location
The Leaf – City block in midtown
Cigar Bar Trend
Nashville Cigar Destinations
Casa de Montecristo
Crown Cigars – Cool Springs (was stogies 2)
Ken: Gurkha Scavenger hunt in Atlanta was a very unique event we did
Gulf Coast Cigar Destinations
PCB Cigars – Massive humidor
Shore Thing Cigars – owned by singer Luke Bryan
Harbor Cigars – The place to go in Destin for cigars
Expensive Gurkha Cigars
Boss Cigars – great shop with cigars at every price point for all people
IPCPR coming up
What are we expecting?
Ken: On the manufacturer side, lots of new rules on samples etc. I expect to see smaller companies shutting down or not attending the IPCPR. The Medium size companies are trying to get prepared to deal with the FDA.
Harris: I expect prices to be going up to comply with the new FDA rules. I think the very small companies will struggle with the FDA rules.
Why Go to the IPCPR?
This is always a big question this time of year. Why should retailers attend the IPCPR?
Harris: If at all possible all cigar retailers should attend the IPCPR. Why? It is the best place to see all of the new releases in one spot. Also it is a great chance to network and get new ideas for your shop. I love to ask other retailers what do they feel like they are doing that is working well for their business?
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