Esco Statues Now Available from Arango Cigar
Esco statues used to be a favorite with tobacco retailers, especially those that sold gift items, but they disappeared from the market for some time says Arango Cigar Co. president Michael Gold. As the newly-named master distributor for all Entertainment Statue Company (Esco) statues, Arango is again offering these collectable gift items. Ohio-based Esco manufactures high-quality caricature statues of celebrities, historical figures, cartoon characters, and advertising icons. The full-color figures stand 12 to 17 inches tall, cast in fine quality imported resin and hand-polished, capturing the subject's personality in fine detail and natural color. Offerings include Al Capone, a Cigar Indian, George Washington, George W. Bush, Harry Carey, and James Dean. Many statues become collectors' items, as they are only available until their production run is sold out. Suggested retail is $59.95 to $89.95.

Arango Cigar Company, Northbrook, IL, Toll-free: (800) 222-4427, Fax: (847) 480-1221.

Water Pillows Portable Humidifier
ARK Group has developed a simple, low-cost portable humidifier element called Water Pillows that are a great way for tobacco shops to build add-on sales. To activate these small, light weight units, just dip in distilled water for 20 seconds. Use them to keep gift packs fresh, to boost humidity in humidors in severe dry climate conditions, in portable humidors when traveling, or in resealable bags. They're inexpensive enough to give away to your best customers. Humidity levels are maintained at least 30 to 45 days, according to the manufacturer. Water pillows are shipped in a countertop POS display, and also come in a larger size that can be used for smaller display cases.

ARK Group, Shawnee Mission, Kansas, Toll-free: (877) 811-7056, Email: sales@waterpillows.net.

Craftsman's Bench Humidors Expand
J.C. Newman Cigar Co. has introduced ten new Craftsman's Bench humidors and a new humidor gift set to its highly successful affordable humidor line. Several of these new additions sport a unique and modern look, including a six-sided, high-gloss humidor with marquetry border and a lightweight, aluminum travel humidor which is compact enough to fit into any suitcase. For a traditional look, the Mountaineer features dark red mahogany and the Champion features a stylish cherry finish.

For the holiday season, Craftsman's Bench also unveils a handsome humidor gift set which includes a matching ashtray, humidifier, analog hygrometer, two-finger, and stainless steel cigar cutter. The gift set is beautifully arranged inside an attractive black marble veneer, hi-gloss Craftsman's Bench humidor with marquetry border and inlaid wood edges.

J.C. Newman Cigar Co., Tampa, Fla., Tel: 813) 248-2124, Fax: (813) 247-2135, Web: www.cigarfamily.com.

Xikar Xi3 Cutters Showcase Exotic Woods
Xikar, Inc., the innovative manufacturer of quality cigar cutters, has introduced two new iterations of its Xi3 double guillotine cutters. Joining the original redwood- and rubberized-handle Tech models are two new models featuring Zebra wood or Beech wood handles, mated seamlessly with the innovative Xi3 frame and stainless steel blades. The polished stainless steel frame features the line line's innovative, ergonomic teardrop shape and complements the handsome satin-patina woods. Like their predecessors, the Zebra wood and Beech wood Xi3 cutters have a safety-lock button to hold the spring-loaded blades closed until ready for use and can accommodate cigars up to 56 ring (80% ring-gauge cut). Suggested retail price is $79, and includes a full lifetime guarantee.

Xikar, Inc., Kansas City, Mo., Tel: (816) 474-7555, Fax: 917-464-6398, Web: www.xikar.com.

Fuente Family Documentaries, Special Edition DVD SET
In commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the Fuente Fuente OpusX, Prometheus International is releasing the Special Edition of its two documentary movies on the Fuente family and the Fuente Fuente OpusX cigars. For the Special Edition, The Fuente Family: An American Dream and Fuente Fuente OpusX: Making of a Legend, are now accompanied by a soundtrack composed and performed by Cuban-born, Grammy Award winning jazz musician Arturo Sandoval. The documentaries, produced by Prometheus president Keith Park, were filmed on location at Chateau de la Fuente in the Dominican Republic. The Special Edition DVDs are only being sold in a gift set with two cedar wrapped, glass-tubed Fuente Fuente OpusX Carlito's Forbidden X cigars (7 5/8 x 41), featuring a "cock tail." Suggested retail, $50. Only 20,000 of these gift sets will be released; future gift sets will feature different collectible Fuente Fuente OpusX cigars.

Prometheus International, Inc., Bell, Calif., Tel: (323) 261-7200, Web: wwwprometheuskkp.com.

Don Salvatore Rolls Out Cutters
Don Salvatore has added three cigar cutters to its existing line of bullet cutters. The 1557 Big Ring Gauge Cutter accommodates cigars up to 56 ring gauge, and can be custom printed with store or company logos, while the 1556 Crystal Double Blade 56 Ring Gauge Cutter is available in either clear or blue. The 1558 High Polish Stainless Steel Round Scissor Cutter is packaged in a gift box.

Two bullet models are also available. 1549 Twist Bullet Cutter features retractable stainless steel blades to make cutter and plug cleaning a cinch, while a key ring attachment and lightweight aluminum design make it easily transportable. It's available in black, gold, or silver and presented in a gift box.

The 1553 Solid Brass Bullet Cutter is equipped with a solid brass chain that makes the cap impossible to misplace. The ejector swiftly removes the cigar plug from the cutter. The stainless steel blades are replaceable for a clean fast cut.

Don Salvatore, Chicago, Il, Toll-free: (800) 886.8688, Fax: (312) 733.8356, Web: www.buddyproducts.com/prodcigar.

Z-Series Copper Project from Zippo
The Z-Series Copper Project from Zippo Manufacturing Co. is the first in a series of first-run, limited-production Zippo lighters crafted from innovative materials and manufactured with state-of-the-art processes. The Copper Project lighter is 99.9% pure copper, engraved with a frosted-etch Z-Series logo. The letters "A", "E" and "AP" will be indicated on lighters allocated to the Americas, Europe, and the Asia/Pacific Rim region. A special reserve of 100 Z-Series Copper Project lighters has been allocated for Zippo Click members and will carry a "ZC" designation. Total production of the Z-Series Copper Project is limited to fewer than 25,000 pieces worldwide. "Collectors are always searching for the next rarest Zippo lighter," said Mark Paup, director of global marketing for Zippo Manufacturing Company, "and the Z-Series is unlike anything they have ever seen."

Zippo Manufacturing Co., Bradford, Pa., Tel: (814) 368-2700, Web: zippomfg.com.

New Music City Humidors Combine Beauty, Affordability
Music City Marketing has added a new line of humidors for people looking to get the very best quality at the lowest possible price. These new imported humidors are lined with Spanish Cedar and come with a humidifier and a humidity gauge. They have gold-plated hinges and lock and key. The "Blues" Humidor holds 100 cigars and wholesales for $74. The "Glass Display" Humidor holds 75 cigars and wholesales for $68. This humidor comes with two humidifiers and a gauge that can be checked without opening the lid. This humidor is also ideal for a retailer or restaurant owner looking for a point-of-sale display for cigars. Music City Marketing carries an extensive line of humidors ranging in wholesale price from $15 to $75.

Music City Marketing, Inc., Nashville, Tenn., Tel: (615) 331-8041.

SMOKESHOP - October, 2003