Cigar News: 2018 Davidoff Golden Band Awards

will host the Seventh Annual this year, also hosting a White Party to celebrate 50 years of innovative cigar making. The winners will be announced at an exclusive event on July 15th at , Las Vegas Cigar Bar. The are honoring those Appointed Merchants who best represent the standard of excellence.

Jim Young, Chief Commercial Officer, Oettinger  AG, said of the event: “The provide us with an opportunity to recognize our Appointed Merchant network and, in particular, those Appointed Merchants who have really taken their business with
to the next level. The success of has been made possible through decades of close and longstanding partnerships with trusted merchants. has a strong track record of cooperation with its family of retailers to help them grow their businesses, align on best practices and contribute towards the increased growth of the brand,” 

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“The provides us the opportunity to say thank you to our Appointed Merchants not only for their partnership, but also their support, enthusiasm and commitment to high standards,” added Richard Krutick, Vice President of Marketing and Retail,  USA.

The nominees for each category are listed below:

Best Performance – Single Location
Hemingway Cigars, Palo Alto, CA
Maxamar Ultimate Cigars, Orange, CA
Owl Shop, New Haven, CT
Regency Cigar Emporium, East Greenwich, RI
Tobacconist of Greenwich, Greenwich, CT

Best Performance – Multiple Locations
Ambassador Fine Cigars, Phoenix, AZ
Anthony’s Cigar Emporium, Tucson, AZ
Blend Bar Cigar, Indianapolis, IN
Corona Cigar Company, Orlando, FL
W. Curtis Draper Fine Tobacconist, Washington, DC

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Growth – Single Location
Cigar Room, Fort Lee, NJ
Franklin Cigar, Franklin, TN
Tobacco Grove, Maple Grove, MN
Up Down Cigar, Chicago, IL
Smoky’s Fine Cigars, Broomfield Hills, MI

Growth – Multiple Locations
Anthony’s Cigar Emporium, Tucson, AZ
Club Cubano Cigars, Countryside, IL
Diebel’s Sportmens Gallery, Kansas City, MO
Humidor of Westmont, Westmont, IL
Smoke Inn, Boynton Beach, FL

– Best Merchandising
Ambassador Fine Cigars, Phoenix, AZ
Club Humidor, San Antonio, TX
Franklin Cigar, Franklin, TN
Hemingway Cigars, Palo Alto, CA
The Tobacco Shop of Ridgewood, Ridgewood, NJ

Growth – AM of the Year
Blend Bar Cigar, Indianapolis, IN
Cigar Room, Fort Lee, NJ
Cigar Time, Cerritos, CA
Corona Cigar Company, Orlando, FL
Tobacco Grove, Maple Grove, MN