This interview came by way of email. Victor, one of our readers, conducted an email interview with our good friend Ed Nazare from St. Pete Pipe and Cigar. Below is the result of that short interview
Victor: When did you start smoking cigars?
Ed: I smoked some cigars about 15 years back, but in 04 full blast
Victor: What was your first cigar?
Ed: A Cohiba Cuban
Ed: A few Camacho triple maduro, ESV perdomo, tatuaje 2003, anejo Arturo fuente, good enough for now
Victor: What started your interest in cigars?
Ed: My brother, being in the business for 15 years
Victor: When did you decide to open your own business?
Ed: When I got back from Germany in ’04 and had no job, again my brother got my interest
Victor: What influenced you to open a cigar shop, and is St. Pete your first shop?
Ed: Been here for 30 years or so minus 8 in Germany
Victor: With anti tobacco legislation on a near strangle-hold with consumers, do you think cigar smokers will still be able to afford it?
Ed: Yes yes yes
Victor: How has the combination of a rough economy, and anti-tobacco legislation effected your business?
Ed: At the moment, zero
Victor: How have the two factors (i.e. rough economy, legislation) effected you as a cigar smoker?
Ed: So far no effect, but from here on don’t know
Victor: Any advice for new cigar smokers on how to make the most out of their dollar, when it comes to buying cigars?
Ed: Smoke cigars that you like but don’t waste them, smoke your cigars to the very end