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Episode 40: Catching-Up with Lee Marsh of Stolen Throne Cigars

Episode 40: Catching-Up with Lee Marsh of Stolen Throne Cigars

October 15, 2020
James catches up with one of the founders and blenders of Stolen Throne Cigars, Lee Marsh. The pair discuss how Stolen Throne has handled the pandemic, their new releases (Call to Arms, Argos, and Oath Takers), what makes boutique cigars boutique, and much more!
 
Episode 39: A Revisit with Capital Cigar Lounge in Lincoln, NE

Episode 39: A Revisit with Capital Cigar Lounge in Lincoln, NE

October 1, 2020
I sit down and catch-up with co-owner Tony Goins, and humidor coach Jeff Fry. We discuss their response to COVID-19 and how it has impacted their business. Jeff and I talk about the changes in their stock, their approach to customers, and how they treat their employees and customers like family. I also got the opportunity to talk with Tony about his new book Something in the Water, where the project came from, and who it is benefiting.
 
Visit Capital Cigar Lounge at 5505 South 16th Street, Lincoln, NE 68512 or at https://capitalcigar.com/
 
Please check out Tony Goins new book at https://somethinginthewaterbook.com/
Episode 38: Jeff and Mari Doll of Safari Cigars & Lounge

Episode 38: Jeff and Mari Doll of Safari Cigars & Lounge

September 26, 2020

James sits down with the owners of Safari Cigars & Lounge, Jeff and Mari Doll. They discuss lounge etiquette, the impact that small business has on the local economy, how they got into the industry, and much more. This is a great interview with a couple of genuine, and down-to-earth entrepreneurs.
Safari Cigars and Lounge is THE destination cigar lounge in Omaha, NE or Council Bluffs, IA. 

https://safaricigarsandlounge.com/

Safari Cigars and Lounge
13110 Birch Dr #108
Omaha, NE 68164

Episode 37: FDA News and Cuban Cigar Retailers

Episode 37: FDA News and Cuban Cigar Retailers

September 15, 2020
I am finally back in my studio with power and internet! Thank you for your patience during my forced hiatus!
I talk about the victory the cigar industry had over the FDA in court, what it means to small businesses and the industry at-large. I also give my opinion on where the next legal battles will likely take place. Then I move on to discussing my favorite Cuban Cigar retailers, and who I think you can trust when ordering Cuban cigars.
 
*DISCLAIMER: None of the retailers mentioned are sponsors or have paid for any advertising. The opinions are mine and mine alone. Ordering Cuban cigars in the US is illegal and can carry fines. We strongly encourage you to not break the law.
Episode 36: A Discussion About Cuban Cigars

Episode 36: A Discussion About Cuban Cigars

August 31, 2020

First, allow me to apologize to my listeners who may not follow me on social media. Where I live was hit hard by a derecho on August 10. I lost power until August 20 and I lost internet until August 30. For more information, check out the latest episode of Simply Stogies Podcast Presents: Cigars and Coffee here.

This episode, I welcome Cuban Cigar expert, Joe, back to the podcast. Joe and I discuss the changes in the secondary Cuban cigar market, box codes and their importance, who you should look to before buying those Cubans you see on Facebook or Instagram, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the Cuban cigar market. 

Episode 35: Project E Gran Ola Review

Episode 35: Project E Gran Ola Review

August 1, 2020
I give you my review of the Epic Cigars limited edition Project E Gran Ola. You can follow along with my review here. I also go over our new Statement of Ethics and why it's important to our staff and to our fans.
 
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Episode 34: Getting to Know Our New Content Director, Matthew Kang

Episode 34: Getting to Know Our New Content Director, Matthew Kang

July 15, 2020
James welcomes the new Content Director/Editor of simplystogies.com, Matthew Kang. Matthew discusses his cigar journey, and how his real job at Eater LA will help us give us some direction. We also talk a little COVID-19, and Matthew mistakes a travel humidor for a takeout box.
James also announces a brand new Cuban Cigar review, a new pipe tobacco reviewer, and a new YouTube Channel featuring a new show called, Simply Stogies Presents: Cigars and Coffee hosted by Tim Allen and James Giehm.
Episode 33: Up and Down with Phil Ledbetter from Up Down cigars

Episode 33: Up and Down with Phil Ledbetter from Up Down cigars

July 1, 2020
I had the opportunity to sit down with co-owner of Up Down Cigar (located at 1550 N. Wells St., Chicago, IL) and current PCA Board Member, Phil Ledbetter. Phil and I discussed his cigar journey, starting from pipe smoking and going all the way through his becoming co-owner of Up Down Cigar. We discussed the cigar industries love limited editions, the cigar community, how COVID-19 has affected his business and business model, the PCA, the FDA, and the cigar industry in general. It was a fantastic conversation, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
 
You can contact Up Down Cigar toll free by calling (800) 5UPDOWN. You can also reach them at  (312) 337-8025 or at http://www.updowncigar.com/index.cfm  Please visit Up Down Cigar at 1550 N. Wells, Chicago, IL 60610. You can email Phil directly at phil@updowncigar.com 
Episode 32: Catching Up with Glynn Loope

Episode 32: Catching Up with Glynn Loope

June 15, 2020
I get to catch up with the Executive Director of the Cigar Rights of America, Glynn Loope. We discuss how COVID-19 has impacted cigar retailers and manufacturers, the government's response, and the current fight against regulation and why it's so important given the global pandemic. We also discuss the cigar industry as a whole, we talk about the political divide in the country right now and how cigars can help bring everyone together.
 
Please, join the fight against Federal regulation of the cigar industry by supporting the Cigar Rights of America at https://www.cigarrights.org/ and becoming a member!
Episode 31: Zooming with Andy Yaffee of Micallef Cigars

Episode 31: Zooming with Andy Yaffee of Micallef Cigars

June 1, 2020

I sat down, via Zoom, with Andy Yaffe, National Sales Director for Micallef Cigars. Andy tells the story of how his cigar journey began, how he came to in the cigar industry, and the friendships he has made. Andy and I then have a frank discussion on the impact COVID-19 has had on local B&Ms, and how Micallef is making good on their promise to support brick and mortar retailers, including Micallef's new Phoenix Program fro retailers. . We also talk about the PCA, trade shows, and the industry at large. It was a great conversation! 

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