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

Blend

Primings

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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