May 2014 Newsletter


May 21, 2014

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Kurt's Corner
On April 10, 2014 my iPad was stolen, along with
other “personal effects” (my briefcase and suitcase),
from my vehicle in Houston.  Theft is a crime that deprives
us of our property, and to some degree our liberty (having
to go shopping for clothes and sundries instead of calling
on customers), and ultimately of our enjoyment or prosperity
in life.  Our criminal laws are very clear on this matter –
theft is a prosecutable crime.  I have been very
impressed with the Harris County Sheriff’s
department’s handling of the matter – I may even get my
iPad back!
Our Constitution’s laws are also very clear on the matter of theft: Article V. states “(No person shall) be deprived of life, liberty or property, without due process of law.”  On July 8, 2014, you may be the victim of a crime.  You may be deprived of your liberty and ultimately your property by the FDA, who will on that date decide how to regulate your enjoyment of cigars.  Unfortunately, when the perpetrator and the prosecutor are the same, the handling of the matter is much less impressive.  You will not get due process of law from a regulatory agency whose purpose is to eradicate your access to a legal product!
I know some smokers who are complacent on this and other smoking issues.  They say, “I don’t mind warning labels”.  “Won’t regulation of production protect us?”  Don’t be fooled – you already have the choice, the liberty to smoke or not to smoke, to choose between brands, and try new products, to congregate with others of similar tastes.  Through regulation, the FDA will create a burden on manufacturers that will effectively eliminate new items, killing small manufacturers and also small retailers.  This will be a theft, a death by decree. 
But we have a chance!  You do have a voice – the FDA has given us a sliver of hope by suggesting that they may choose to not regulate premium cigars.   We now have 48 days left in the “comment period”.  Your comments will count!  Go NOW to the 
CRA website. Review the situation, click the link, make your comment.  Our passion for cigars, our business, our industry depends on YOU!


Kurt Van Keppel

Featured Product: 
MTX Multi-Tool 

    The MTX Multi-Tool is the ultimate cigar tool with five functions in one! These lightweight stainless steel cigar cutters now feature a large screw driver to easily adjust your flame height. They also feature a cigar poker, small screwdriver/lighter flame adjuster and bottle opener.
     The MTX Multi-Tool conveniently folds into itself, creating a compact instrument that will effortlessly travel with you to your next smoking adventure!

    Get your XIKAR MTX Multi-Tool here!

XIKAR Lighter Troubleshooting

      XIKAR lighters are engineered and manufactured to perform at the highest quality. Over time and with use, debris may find its way into your lighter's burner, causing it to clog and misfire. This may result in your lighter to produce a soft flame instead of the usual torch, or cause it not to light with every strike.
     Check out our latest
XIKAR U video for step-by-step instructions on how to unclog your lighter and get it back to it's superior function! 



From the Satisfied Consumer...

Kurt received this glowing testimonial from a happy user of our PuroTemp Digital Hygrometers. Join in Mr. Crane's excitement by purchasing your own PuroTemp Digital Hygrometer here!

     Long Time! Hope this finds you well! I just wanted to drop you a  quick note to say congrats on another awesome innovation! I saw these in an email you sent and ordered them immediately. I have two cabinet humidors and one large desk top, and it's a pain checking the humidity in all three. Much of the stuff is collectible and the only reason I open them is to check the humidity and add fluid. The PuroTemp system allows me to check all three in seconds, without opening and altering the regulated humidity.... WINNER!!! Thanks for your efforts!
                                        Best regards, 
                                         Shawn Crane

Upcoming XIKAR Events

     There are a lot of great events for you to check out and get awesome XIKAR deals! To hear about all of the latest events/news, visit our tab for Events on Facebook. Here are a few coming up from our XIKAR retailers:
5/21 Havana Connections

Richmond, VA 5:30-8 p.m.
5/22 Mr. B's Cigar Box

Avon, IN 3-10 p.m.
5/22 Fidel's

Kansas City, MO 5 p.m.
5/22 Buttshead Tobacco Emporium

Danbury, CT 4-9 p.m.
5/22 JR Cigars

Paramus, NJ 12-4 p.m.
5/22 Elite Cigar Cafe

Addison, TX 4-8 p.m.
5/24 East End Cigar Co
Myrtle Beach, SC 3-8 p.m.
5/28 Tinder Box of the Carolinas
Charolette, NC 5-8 p.m.
5/29 Cigar Vault Emporium, Asylum Cigars
Staten Island, NY 6-10 p.m.

5/29 Jungle Jim's

Fairfield, OH 5-8 p.m.
5/30 Maxi's Franklin Square
Franklin Square, NY 4-9 p.m.

5/31 Havana House

Bath, OH 3-10 p.m.
5/31 C.A.T.S Festival
San Antonio, TX 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
6/2 Fairport Smoke Shop
Fairport, NY 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
6/5 JR Cigars
Whippany, NJ 12-4 p.m.
6/5 Top Shelf Cigar and Tobacco Shoppe
Martinez, GA 4-8 p.m.
6/5 Town and Country Cigar of Euless
Euless, TX 4-8 p.m.

6/7 Finck's Lone Star Cigar Bash

San Antonio, TX 3-8 p.m.

6/7 Smokin in the Carolina's JR Cigar Festival

Burlington, NC 12-5 p.m.
6/10 Dallas Discount Cigar
Richardson, TX 5-8 p.m.
6/11 Red Wine and Brew
Mentor, OH 4-8 p.m.
6/12 CI Father's Day
Bethlehem, PA 3-7 p.m.
6/12 The Smoke Pit
Knoxville, TN 4-9 p.m.
6/13 CI Father's Day
Hamburg, PA 3-7 p.m.

6/13 Cigar Warehouse
Dallas, TX 2-9 p.m.
6/14 CI (superstore) Father's Day
Bethlehem, PA 12-6 p.m.
6/14 Cigar Warehouse

Plano, TX 2-6 p.m.
6/16 Little Smoke- Lake Country Cigar

Delafield, WI 6 p.m.
6/18 Fairport Smoke Shop

Fairport, NY
6/18 Tinder Box of Waldorf
Waldorf, MD 5-9 p.m.
6/19 Spring Street Cigars
Tupelo, MS 5-10 p.m.

6/19 Tinder Box of Williamsville

Williamsville, NY 4-8 p.m.
6/19 Farmer's Market Annex of Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN 4-8 p.m.
6/22 Godfather Cigars
Brandon, MS 12-6 p.m.
6/26 Davidus Cigars
Gaithersburg, MD 4-6:30 p.m.
6/27 Davidus Cigars
Ellicott City, MD 4:30-6 p.m.
6/27-6/28 Famous- Cigarnival
Easton, PA


The Target is no Longer on our Back. It is on our Chest!

     The Food and Drug Administration is attempting to regulate the premium cigar industry.
We only have until July 8 to comment on the FDA's proposed  regulations. 

XIKAR encourages everyone who has a passion for the world of cigars to send in your comments and sign the petition to fight these regulations! Help protect the premium cigar industry by
providing your comments
to the FDA and
signing the petition
against these regulations.
Please help share this information and spread the call to action!

It's time to tell the FDA to stay out of our humidors!


Hall of Fame Member Nominations

     The XIKAR FOR LIFE Hall of Fame Award is designed to recognize outstanding individuals of XIKAR Nation. Nominees are selected based on their love of XIKAR plus their passion for the cigar lifestyle.
 If you  know someone who represents XIKAR Nation with a passion for the brand, love for the lifestyle and appreciation of quality, please fill our newly revised
nomination form.

XIKAR Product Reviews

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VX V-Cut Cutter
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Father's Day Gift Packs are Here!

XIKAR has everything for all you great dads out there in our 6 Father's Day Gift Packs! The X8, Executive, All American, Suit & Tie, Par 4 and Black Tie Gift Packs are the perfect gift to honor that special male figure in your life.
Supplies are limited, so visit your local tobacconist to pick yours up today!


Play Ball!

 We want to know which baseball team out there has the biggest XIKAR Nation fan base! It could be little league, the major leagues or your company softball league -- we love it all!
    Send a picture of you and your group all decked out in your team's colors and gear. The photo entry with the most hardcore fandom will receive some XIKAR gear to match: A colored Stratosphere lighter, Ashtray can, and XIKAR baseball cap! Our favorites will be featured on our social media pages as well as in next month's Newsletter. All final entries must be submitted by June 24th at 11:59 pm CST.

Play Ball!

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