It started last month when we added a new cigar called “Naked Nicaraguan," which was supposed to be a price-leader at $3.75. Instead, it led to havoc.
First, a NYC policeman Ryan Dowling tried the new smoke and reported that he liked it. That infuriated Captain Joe Brown (“Perdomo Joe”), who polices Monroe’s contentious Town Board meetings about the Village of Kyras Joel. Captain Joe asserted that “Real police officers smoke Perdomos – not upstart brands."
Then the cigar’s manufacturer saw the photo of our cigar display and objected to the price, claiming that Naked Nicaraguans sell for $5.00 to $8.00 at every other store in the Country. So, even though pricing is our prerogative, we raised the price to $3.95 just to appease our supplier. Finally, the Naked Nicaraguan is such a great smoke we decided to design and invest in a cigar band to make it our house brand. We set out to copy Flor de las Antillas, the 2014 Cigar of the Year which has a naked lady on its band, by featuring a Latin lady on ours. But finding the right lady has become a hassle. Please help out by telling us which of these first two candidates you prefer.
Results of September Cigar Band Contest
The results of the cigar band contest are in! The bowl held 1221 cigar bands. Bethany Negersmith, the principal at St. Stephens Catholic School in Warwick won the contest with the closest guess of 1211 bands. Here she is with the prize -- the new $35.95 Padron 80th Anniversary smoke, which she plans to give to her lucky husband. Should she be a candidate for the cigar band?
Holiday Season Approaches - Think Candles and Cigars
It’s not too early to think about holiday gift-giving. The Depot has a variety of options from hostess gifts for Thanksgiving to stocking stuffers for Christmas and more!
Cigar aficionado John Scherne has been in the Monroe Highway Department for 29 years. Now he's running next month for his boss's job "Highway Superintendent" after his boss went to jail and lost in the Republican Primary. Here is democrat John endorsing a Chubby Long.
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