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Sometimes, we come across some unique creators in our search for Artisan’s Corner, and Skate Chair definitely fits this mold. Not only are John’s creations different, but they reuse items that would typically be thrown away, so we loved the sustainability part of these pieces. Read about how John came to be in this “quirky” business below.

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We were fortunate to spend a day with Sandy Cobas and her daughter, Giselle Herrera, at El Titan de Bronze on our most recent trip to Miami and learn all about Sandy, the factory, and the amazing, empowering story to how they got started.

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For this week's Cigar World WCW we spent some time with Izola Woods, better known as Izzy. She is a brand ambassador for Drew Estate, a Broadleaf Broad, a Bourbon enthusiast, and an overall leader in the cigar space.

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You may or may not have heard of the Sisters of the Leaf Global Movement (SOTLGM), and we have featured them on Cigar World before, but we wanted to bring some light to the amazing things this project is working on, and amplify the founder, Dr. Anastacia Psomiadi. Read all about the newest SOTLGM initiatives and get to know Anastasia a bit more.

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For decades, Miami has served as a hub for some of the most talented cigar artisans in the world. In the years following the Cuban Revolution, Miami became a haven for refugees — many of whom brought their cigar expertise with them. Today, we’ll take a closer look at some of the most famous cigar manufacturers and brands that make Miami one of the premier smoking destinations.

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In honor of International Women’s Month, we wanted to feature a woman artisan for our Artisan’s Corner series. When we came across CSA Creative, we just had to reach out. CSA Creative has been featured on HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, BuzzFeed, NBC News, Uncommon Goods, and the list goes on and on. This is a one-woman operation. Cristie designs and creates all of her products, and they are unique and beautiful. You can find skeletal spine plant stakes, lunar moon calendars, skull head planters, insect-themed curiosity domes, and more.

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For our first edition of Women Crush Wednesday, we had to feature Sandy Cobas from El Titan de Bronze Boutique Cigar Mfg. in Miami, FL.

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Great cigars can enhance any occasion. Cigars spark lively conversation, pair beautifully with a wide array of drinks, and make a wonderful after-dinner treat. If you love delicious food and cigars (who doesn’t?), and you’re thinking about spending time in Miami, then you’ve got to check out this smoker-friendly guide to Miami cuisine.

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Miami’s coffee culture is an integral part of the city’s long traditional and vibrant identity. The rich flavors, cultural heritage, and community connections create a tapestry as rich and beautiful as the city. 

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Not only is Miami one of the most desirable vacation destinations on the planet, but it is also a hotbed of cigar culture and history. In the first entry to our Cigar World City series, we’ll take you through everything you need to know about visiting Miami. Consider this the ultimate cigar lover’s guide to the Magic City.

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