“I do not consider a sale complete until the customer is satisfied,” says Famous Smoke Shop CEO Arthur Zaretsky, who took over the modest New York City cigar store that his parents’ established in 1939. Now located in Easton, PA, today Famous Smoke Shop is the leading online distributor of discounted premium cigars, specializing in offering the web’s widest selection of cigars at the lowest prices. Several thousand miles away, in Nicaragua, Jorge Padrón has been carrying on his family’s primary mission: making cigars of “exceptional quality,” while striving to give cigar smokers “the confidence that each cigar is perfect,” as his father has done since 1964. In celebrating over seven decades of quality and integrity, these two second-generation cigar men have collaborated on the release of an exclusive, limited edition Padrón cigar – the Famous 75th Padrón Anniversary cigar.
Famous 75th Padrón 1926 Series cigars are made in one size, a 5″ x 54 box-pressed robusto rolled in two wrapper choices – Nicaraguan Habano natural or Nicaraguan Habano maduro. Presented in boxes of 10 cigars, these puros are exquisitely handcrafted with 5-year-aged Nicaraguan tobaccos offering a smooth, creamy, well-balanced smoke brimming with Padrón’s signature earthy-spicy, full-bodied flavor profile. Only 3,000 boxes have been made, and like all Padrón Cigars, they will have individual, serial-numbered cigar bands.
Arthur and Jorge, both born of humble beginnings, both focused on providing the best to their customers; throughout their combined 115 year history they have built companies that today are honored fixtures of the cigar world, respectively. Jorge’s father, Orlando, owned and managed cigar factories in Nicaragua and Honduras. Like the progeny of many tobacco growing, cigar making families, Jorge worked closely with his father since childhood, traveling with him daily to the office, learning every aspect of the cigar business.
Likewise, Arthur Zaretsky learned the retail side of the business from his parents, David and Rose, who owned the original Famous Smoke Shop on West Broadway in Manhattan. Virtually living behind the sales counter, Arthur worked 80 hours a week to support the family business. After his father passed-away, Arthur continued to work with Rose, whom the customers affectionately called “Rosie.” While Rosie took care of the customers, Arthur began building the little cigar store into a thriving direct mail business from their new location on West 39th Street.
Living and breathing a passion for cigars, Arthur and Jorge have come to recognize and appreciate what their families have created. Backed with confidence and a commitment to quality and customer satisfaction, both men took what their families had built and grew them into prosperous internationally-renowned businesses.
“Both Jorge and I owe a lot to our parents and the values they taught us,” said Mr. Zaretsky. “So, in celebrating our 75 year legacy as Famous Smoke Shop, and in the spirit of family, we celebrate you – our customer – with this special cigar from Padrón.”