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July 2016 Newsletter

XIKAR NATION
July 2016
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IPCPR 2016
 

           The 84th Annual International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailer Trade Show and Convention took place this week in Las Vegas, Nevada. XIKAR is thrilled to introduce several new innovations to our product line, as well as stunning new finishes to existing fan favorites and a variety of Limited Edition Gift Sets that will be available in time for the holiday season.
   These products were very well received by our valued XIKAR retailers, and we are overjoyed for them to deliver to stores throughout the upcoming months and into the hands of the XIKAR Nation!
   The XO cutter was perhaps the most highly anticipated launch at IPCPR this year. This ultimate cutting machine's revolutionary planetary gear system and unique circular form create an instant visual intrigue, with the popular opinion, "Once you get it in your hand, you’re hooked!”
   The Xidris single flame lighter was another popular item at the show, sure to fast track its way into your accessory collection. This high performance inspired lighter comes in a variety of eight striking color combinations and is equipped with XIKAR’s reliable Direct Inject™ Flame Technology.
   Find an overview of all new product introductions throughout this newsletter and on the XIKAR 2016 New Innovations Page, and keep an eye out for more exciting information including availability, coming soon!

      
     

June 2016 Newsletter

XIKAR NATION
June 2016
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Kurt's Corner
 

        XIKAR is dedicated to our mission to serve great products through honest and ergonomic design to achieve superior form, feel and function. Our team is constantly at work developing innovative concepts and products to deliver only the most attractive and superior functioning accessories to the XIKAR Nation. Over the next couple of weeks leading up to the IPCPR Trade Show and Convention, we are delighted to share sneak peeks of our newest, cutting edge accessories, some of which have been fine tuned in research and development for over 3 years. In celebration of our 20th Anniversary, we reflect back on the original products and constant values that have built the XIKAR brand into the industry leader it is today, while aspiring to revolutionize the standard of accessories in the cigar industry. Stay tuned!

Kurt Van Keppel
President, XIKAR Inc.

 

May 2016 Newsletter

XIKAR NATION
May 2016
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Kurt's Corner
 

     We in the cigar trade have finally received the FDA’s ruling of regulations it “deems” to impose on the premium cigar and other tobacco trades.  Unfortunately, these new regulations will make it extremely difficult and expensive to innovate cigars (up to $300,000 and three years to introduce each size of each blend).  To add insult to injury, the FDA has grandfathered only those brands / cigars in existence for sale before February 2007, when Congress gave them the right to regulate tobacco.  Thus, all of the innovations in cigar blends and brands that you have enjoyed since February 2007 will simply cease to exist by June 2018. By some estimates, this includes up to 50% of the cigars in the typical cigar shop humidor.
    Yet we hold out hope!  A Bill to exempt premium cigars, H.R 662, has passed the House Appropriations Committee, and now goes to the whole house for vote.  A similar bill exits in the Senate: S. 441.  How can you help? Go to www.cigarrights.org. Sign the petition. And take “Action” with your Congressman and Senator via the “Action Alert” banner at the top.  Your favorite pastime needs you, NOW!

Kurt Van Keppel
President, XIKAR Inc.

20 Years of XIKAR, 20 Days of Giveaways

March 7th - April 1st 2016
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XIKAR Nation! We want to thank YOU for the past 20 Years of XIKAR with 20 Days of Giveaways! 


Every Monday through Friday from March 7th - April 1st, we will be giving away a prize representing a year-anniversary of XIKAR or a limited edition 20th Anniversary accessory. Participate on the XIKAR Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages for your chance to win one of 20 great prizes!

How to enter:

  • “Like” each post for your chance to win the prize for that day (1st 19 days)
  • “Comment” on each post tagging 2 friends to enter yourself into a drawing to win the special Limited Edition Grand Prize on April 1st (no foolin’!)
Other Rules/Regulations:
 
  • Participants can only be entered into each drawing once per day per social media outlet.
  • Winners will be selected at random from qualifying entries received on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • The winner for each day will be announced the following morning, with the exception of the grand prize
  • The grand prize winner will be announced the morning of Friday, April 1st
  • Entries will be accepted up until the announcement of the winner, with the exception of the grand prize
  • All entries for the grand prize must be received by 11:59 on Thursday, March 31st
  • All decision are final

December 2015 Newsletter

XIKAR NATION
December 2015
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Happy New Year!


   Happy New Year! We all say that as a matter of course to celebrate the passing of the old into the new. What does that mean?  In my case, I take a moment of gratitude for the good things of 2015 (your support for example), and hope to find, create and enjoy even more blessings in the coming year.
   I’ve also noticed that my festive greetings have changed over time. Certainly into my mid-twenties, happiness (and a good party) were my primary motivations. Between 25 and 45, I usually also wished people a prosperous new year, hoping for the same myself, I’m sure.  More recently I have offered greetings of a joyful new year, as “joy in the journey” has risen in value now that I’m in the third phase of my career (I’m in my mid 50’s).  I anticipate wishing people a peaceful (and healthy) new year in the not too distant future.
   I think “Happy New Year” means all the above, depending on where we each find ourselves in life’s journey.  I wish, for 2016, that your own needs and dreams are fulfilled, so I wish you a Happy New Year!
 
Kurt Van Keppel
President, XIKAR Inc.

November 2015 Newsletter

XIKAR NATION
November 2015
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#XiDay Black Friday

   Throughout the month of November, we find ourselves taking moments to reflect on the blessings in our lives that we are truly thankful for. At XIKAR, we have an endless list of opportunities, successes and experiences for which we are immensely appreciative. Each item on our list seems to connect directly with the one entity we are the most thankful for year in and year out: the XIKAR Nation.
   To show our appreciation to each and every member of XIKAR Nation, we have teamed up with our retailers to present the #XiDay Black Friday Sale! This event, running Friday, November 27th – Sunday, November 29th, features 20% off ALL XIKAR accessories at participating locations. It’s the perfect opportunity to complete all holiday shopping for the cigar smoker on your list, while also picking up a little treat for yourself!
   In addition to 20% off all accessories, we are also offering a special giveaway to #XiDay Black Friday participants, with the opportunity to WIN a new accessory every 15 minutes! Click here for full giveaway details.

   We wish you the happiest holiday season filled with the warmth of family and friends and, of course, a great cigar! 


 
Kurt Van Keppel
President, XIKAR Inc.

October 2015 Newsletter

XIKAR NATION
October 2015
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A Cigar Lifestyle

   I love to travel.  Hunting and fishing trips, cigar events, vacations, in a variety of combinations fill my calendar each month. And I fill my bags with cigars for each, to smoke at the end of the day, or on the trail, in the boat... throughout the journey.
   Even when I am not on the road, I celebrate leisure time with a cigar, whether at golf (the cigar is definitely the most successful part of that outing!), in the garden, or around the fire pit. Actually, I’ll smoke a cigar with friends and associates any time we have a restful moment of camaraderie.
   Very clearly I have made a cigar central to leisure and camaraderie. In fact, I believe “a cigar is an hour-long vacation”, a source of happiness and pleasure.  The cigar creates the opportunity to celebrate with friends, whenever and wherever I can. I have a cigar lifestyle!
   I bet you do too!  In the coming months, I’ll share some of my recent celebrations with you.  And, I’ll invite you to share yours with me. 

Happy smoking!

Kurt Van Keppel

President, XIKAR, Inc.

July 2015 Newsletter

XIKAR NATION
July 2015
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Kurt's Corner
 

You're invited to Kurt Van Keppel's Birthday Bash!!
 

On Friday, August 7th, XIKAR and Twins Smoke Shop in Londonderry, NH are teaming up to celebrate Kurt's birthday! Join us for a classy night with the best deals on XIKAR you'll find. The festivities will include food, prizes, entertainment and an extra special collection of XIKAR items! Come celebrate with Kurt on Friday, August 7th from 4-7PM!

Kurt Van Keppel

President, XIKAR, Inc.

 

June 2015 Newsletter

XIKAR NATION
June 2015
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   Please bear with me: this is about cigars!  In her seminal work, The Classic Italian Cookbook, (Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1978), Marcella Hazan writes, (p.335):
 
"I cannot imagine Italy without its vegetable stalls, filling ancient squares and animating dusty side streets with mounds of fabulous forms in purple, green, red, gold, and orange. In a land heavy with man's monuments, these are the soil's own masterworks.
                                      
Perhaps one day the vitality of these still flourishing markets will be replaced by the pallor of deep-freeze counters, those cemeteries of food, where produce is sealed up in wax boxes marked, like some tombstones, with photographs of the departed.  But I hope it never happens. I would sooner be deprived of all of the marvels of Michelangelo."
 
What creates the “cemeteries of food” she so eloquently describes?  Regulation, the hidden tax on small business, prevents small operators - manufacturers and retailers, from competing (surviving) against well-financed larger corporations who will make up the cost of regulation through increased market share.
 
Can you imagine the USA without its brick and mortar cigar shops?  Can you imagine buying cigars in their plastic tombstones, with a brand label on top and no images whatsoever?  I can imagine it, I have seen it!  If you doubt this – take a quick trip to Canada. 
 
I would sooner be deprived of the works of Mark Twain, who, through his cigar smoke, I imagine would chuckle and agree!  If you also agree, join the CRA!!  This, your (consumer) cigar rights organization, leads the defense charge for you in the halls of Congress and among the States, to prevent over-reaching regulation at both the factory and retail level.  Their work has already accomplished much – and yet they still need your help. We can win this fight! We can win, if you join today!

Kurt Van Keppel

President, XIKAR, Inc.

May 2015 Newsletter

XIKAR NATION
May 2015
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   "Summer: Hair gets lighter. Skin gets Darker. Water gets warmer. Drinks get colder. Music gets louder. Nights get longer. Life gets better." 
--Unknown   

   It's hard to believe that the prime cigar smoking season is just right around the corner! As you begin to fill your schedule with fishing trips, barbecues and baseball games, the XIKAR Team is hard at work to bring you the latest accessories to take your summer from hot to smokin'! We'll see you at the herf!

 
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