Houston Strong: The Cigar Industry and Hurricane Harvey

Houston Strong: The Cigar Industry and Hurricane Harvey

It’s hard to believe that there’s anyone out there who hasn’t heard about Hurricane Harvey and the devastation that it caused over the Greater Houston Area. In a period of less than a week, Hurricane Harvey dumped enough water on South Texas to fill the entire San Francisco Bay TWICE! The television images of flooded neighborhoods, helicopter/boat rescues, overworked first responders, outpourings of support from around the country, and JJ Watt being JJ Watt had the whole country transfixed. Yet, as bad as things looked on TV, there is something way different when you’re watching your hometown (or adopted hometown) suffer from the greatest natural disaster in its history. With that in mind, we are making this week Houston Strong week on ToastedFoot.com.

Houston’s vibrant cigar culture was deeply effected by the events of the past ten days. Obviously, shops from Davidoff to The Briar Shoppe were closed during the storm, and the flooding that followed. In the aftermath of the storm, several smaller shops experienced some minor looting. And the last time I checked Cigar Towne, which is located in the area effected by the release of the water from the reservoirs, is still closed at the street it is located on resembles a river. Many cigar shop regulars have homes that are under water. One super nice employee at Stogies World Class Cigars ended up with his house, car and belonging all underwater.

The outpouring of support for Houston from all around the cigar industry has been so impressive. Erik Espinosa announced that Espinosa Cigars would be releasing a special 5-pack of cigars from his La Zona Factory where all the proceeds would go to fund relief for those effected by Hurricane Harvey. The Espinosa One Love 5-pack is available online from Stogies World Class Cigars for $49.95.

Gurkha Cigars is sponsoring a Hurricane Harvey Fundraiser from September 1st to 15th at Stogies. Gurkha is donating $2 for each cigar sold at Stogies World Class Cigars to help those effected by Hurricane Harvey. It doesn’t matter if you purchase singles, boxes or multipacks, still $2 from each cigar will be given to those who need it most. Unfortunately, the $2 per cigar does not apply to online sales, so if you’re a Gurkha smoker in the Houston-area make sure to swing by Stogies before September 1st.

Several other companies, including Kristoff Cigars, are all making an effort to help those BOTL/SOTL in the Houston area effected by the super storm Harvey. The big hearts of these companies willing to help when times are rough are certain to be remembered by cigar smokers in Houston for some time to come.

Article by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)