Saint Francis Service Dogs Fundraiser
Milan Tobacconists in Downtown Roanoke, VA
Donations Being Accepted Now Through September 2, 2022 ~ Prize Drawing on
September 6, 2022
Milan Tobacconists is sponsoring a fundraiser for Saint Francis Service
Dogs, a non-profit organization based in our hometown of Roanoke, VA,
and you could win BIG!
The Prize Package! (UPDATED 7/26/22) (Click on Image to Enlarge)
- Handcrafted Live Edge Red Oak Burl Coffee Table
- Diamond Crown Maximus Cigars - Box of 20
- Diamond Crown Mozart Wood & Crystal Ashtray NEW
- Diamond Crown Churchill 3-Finger Leather Cigar Case NEW
- The rustic and rugged red oak coffee table was handcrafted
by Pete Milward from
a downed tree harvested in nearby Bent Mountain, VA, and donated for this fundraiser
because our dear friend and long-time customer happens to love dogs as much as we do! Neither the
wood's form nor the touch of the craftsman's hand will ever be
duplicated, which makes it difficult to put a value on this unique
piece. Dimensions: 38" L x 23" W x 18" H
- Diamond Crown Maximus cigars are the result of three legendary cigar families ~ the Newmans, Fuentes, and Olivas ~ joining forces to create one amazing line of cigars. The Toro-sized (6" x 50) Maximus is a beautifully handmade, bold, rich, and full-flavored cigar you won't soon forget. Straight from our own humidor to the
winner's coffee table, this box of Maximus cigars is valued
at over $300!
- Maximus cigars should be transported in style and we've donated a Diamond Crown Churchill 3-finger leather cigar case ($160 value) to do just that.
- No cigar smoker's coffee table would be complete without an
ashtray, so we've also included a Diamond Crown Mozart wood and crystal 2-cigar
ashtray valued at $180 in the prize package.
Participants must be at least 21 years of age. Participants will
receive 1 ticket for a donation of $10. There is no limit to the number of donation tickets one
participant may purchase, and each ticket will be entered in the
drawing to win the prize package. Best of all, 100% of the proceeds
will be donated to the Saint Francis Service Dogs charitable organization!
The drawing for the winning ticket will be held at Milan Tobacconists
on September 6, 2022. The winning ticket holder is not required to
be present at the time of the drawing, but it will be a lot more
fun if you are. The winner is responsible for retrieving the prize
package from Milan Tobacconists in its entirety at his/her expense
by no later than September 13, 2022.
How to Donate to This Fundraiser
Donations are being accepted at Milan Tobacconists' store in Downtown
Roanoke, VA, through September 2nd at 6:00 p.m. ET. You may also make
a donation via our website and we will email your ticket number(s)
Make a $10 Donation (1 Ticket) Here *
Did You Know?
It takes tens of thousands of dollars to obtain, raise, train, and place a single
Saint Francis service dog, and this wonderful organization absorbs
the entire cost so that many deserving children and adults with
disabilities are able to better experience the world through partnership
with a service dog. Please visit Saint Francis Service Dogs online
to learn more about their amazing work » www.saintfrancisdogs.org
own beloved store mascot Freya is a Saint Francis "Career Change"
dog who was adopted by Milan owners Renée and David Meyer in 2010.
Freya may not have met the criteria of Saint Francis' rigorous selection
process, but she passed ours with flying colors!
Please click on the links below to view an announcement of particular
» A Message from Milan Tobacconists Regarding COVID-19 (3/16/20)
» Diamond Crown Red Carpet Event Pictures (10/24/15)
» Davidoff Cigars Special Event Pictures (10/10/14)
» Drew Estate Cigar Event Pictures (4/24/14)
» An Afternoon with Erik Stokkebye Event Pictures (4/17/14)
» Diamond Crown Red Carpet Event Pictures (10/19/13)
Rodriquez Cigars Event Pictures (8/22/13)
» Smith Mountain Lake 2nd Annual SUP Race Pictures (6/29/13)
» Kristoff Cigars Featuring Glen Case Event Pictures (5/21/13)
Tobacconists' 100th Anniversary Gala Event Pictures (10/5/12)
Tobacconist Celebrates 100-Year Roll (3/4/12)
and State Resolutions Issued in Recognition/Celebration of Milan's 100
Evening with Jorge Padrón (9/30/10)
Evening with Don José 'Pepín' Garcia (7/26/10)
Passing of a Local Dignitary - Joseph H. Milan, Jr. (5/21/10)
Club Aims to Keep Cigar Smoking Sociable - The Commonwealth Cigar Club
Offers a Comfortable Setting for Tobacco Aficionados (5/10/10)
Afternoon with Erik Nording, Famous Danish Pipe Carver (3/10/10)
Tobacconists Sponsors a Tour to Rocky Patel Premium Cigars in Honduras
Roanoke Tobacconist Celebrates 100-Year Roll (3/4/12)
Retail and real estate reporter for The Roanoke Times, Amanda
Codispoti, wrote a very nice piece in her Retail Roundup segment about
Milan Tobacconists' 100 years in business. We have reprinted the full
interview here -> Retail
City and State Resolutions Issued in Recognition/Celebration of Milan's
100 Years (2/16/12)
Please bear with us as we shout out the following news from our rooftop.
We just learned that the Commonwealth of Virginia's General Assembly and
our fair city of Roanoke have issued resolutions in recognition and celebration
of Milan's 100 years in business. We couldn't be more honored and humbled
by the acknowledgements. To paraphrase, the resolutions commend Milan
Tobacconists on the occasion of its 100th anniversary as an expression
of congratulations and admiration for the companys many contributions
to the Roanoke Valley. To view the resolutions, please click on the links
Joint Resolution ~ City
of Roanoke Resolution (PDF, Pages 6-7)
An Evening with Jorge Padrón (9/30/10)
Last Tuesday night, Jorge Padrón strode into the store with
nothing more than a great deal of charm and boxes of Padrón Family
Reserve No. 46 cigars in tow. [It amazes us that Jorge still does EVERYTHING
himself - event coordinator, salesperson, travel agent, etc.] Shortly
thereafter, Padrón fans began to arrive, and Jorge spent the rest
of the evening in the spotlight. The No. 46 cigars, on the other hand,
At one point when Jorge was addressing the crowded store, he shared a
heartfelt story that caught us by surprise. About 20 years ago, Jorge
entered the tobacco shop of Don and Myriam Roy in Coral Gables, FL, to
introduce them to Padrón Family cigars. (Don is Renée Meyer's
dad and Renée was working in his shop the day of Jorge's visit.)
Don liked the cigars, appreciated the Padrón's commitment to quality,
and was impressed by the young man, so he opened an account with Jorge.
It turns out that Don was Jorge's very first account, and that held obvious
significance for Jorge because he recounted the story of meeting Don and
Renée like it was yesterday. Renée did not even realize
she had met Jorge before Tuesday's event. The story told us a lot about
Jorge Padrón...and Renée's memory (but that's a Roy family
trait, so all is forgiven).
The feedback from event-goers keeps coming in and it has all been positive.
Everyone really enjoyed meeting and spending time with Jorge, the camaraderie
of other cigar smokers, and the chance to win some great door prizes.
Speaking of which, both Patrick D. and Charles S. won a Padrón
1964 Anniversary Cigar Sampler containing one each of their "A",
Torpedo, Exclusivo, Diplomatico, and Imperial cigars. John K. won a box
of Padrón 2000 cigars, and John T. a XIKAR travel humidor. Other
door prizes included an Italian leather cigar travel case, lighters, and
cutters. Congratulations to all the winners!
Thanks to all who joined us for a fun time! For those who couldn't make
it, we've added event photos below.
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An Evening with Don José 'Pepín' Garcia (7/26/10)
On Thursday evening, Don Pepín and his entourage arrived at
Milan Tobacconists in Downtown Roanoke to spend time with his fans, and
the turnout was spectacular. Numbering over a hundred, people waited patiently
for the opportunity to speak with Pepín (through his translators
Jose and John or directly if they were fortunate enough to know some Spanish)
and have their picture taken with the cigar legend.
Even with the language barrier, it was obvious to anyone who spent even
a little time with Pepín that he is a genuine, unassuming gentleman
who has handled his success in the cigar industry with grace. We learned
that 1) Pepín's favorite cigar is his son's Jaime Garcia Reserva
Especial, 2) if you are walking around with an unlit cigar, he will magically
appear with a lighter to fire it up, 3) he always looks good in pictures
(we took zillions), and 4) he absolutely loves cigars, which, of course,
came as no surprise.
Pepín's "brother from another mother" Rene was our master
cigar roller for the evening, although Pepín did step in to make
a couple of beautifully rolled cigars himself. Rene was trained in Cuba
under Pepín's tutelage and has been rolling cigars for 48 years.
John said Rene could make a cigar with his eyes closed, which seemed completely
plausible to onlookers. Rene's artistry was spellbinding.
Door prizes included My Father Cigars t-shirts, lighters, and a cigar
ashtray, but our grand prize winner Matt A. received a Savoy humidor signed
by the cigar master himself!
Thanks to everyone who joined us for a memorable evening with Don Pepín
Garcia and the My Father Cigars group!
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The Passing of a Local Dignitary - Joseph H. Milan, Jr. (5/21/10)
Milan passed away on Tuesday at the age of 87, and he was laid to rest
From all accounts, Joe led a full, productive, and happy life. Wherever
we saw Joe, he was laughing, joking, and giving out hugs and pats on the
back. He was never without an entourage of family and friends.
Joe (at far right in picture) and two of his five brothers, Ellis and
Herb, joined Milan Tobacconists (then Milan Brothers) in 1938, and ran
the shop until 1994 when it was purchased by Don and Myriam Roy. We met
Joe in 2000, about the time we purchased Milan Tobacconists from Don and
Myriam. He was always supportive of the directions we took with Milan
Tobacconists, including attendance at the grand opening of our relocated
store and several subsequent events. He may not have stayed long, but
his presence always caused a stir similar to that of an important dignitary
entering the room. Upon reflection, Joe really was a dignitary in our
Famous and infamous, witty, sarcastic, and charming, Joe Milan had a
style all his own. Roanoke will never be the same without him. We offer
our sincere condolences to Joe's family, and hope that they will find
peace and comfort in the knowledge that he lived an amazing life.
David and Renee Meyer
Private Club Aims to Keep Cigar Smoking Sociable - The Commonwealth
Cigar Club Offers a Comfortable Setting for Tobacco Aficionados (5/10/10)
Duncan Adams, reporter for The Roanoke Times recently visited
with David Meyer, co-owner of Milan Tobacconists, and Kelly Morrison,
Milan's digital media manager, to learn about the Commonwealth Cigar Club,
a members-only club in downtown Roanoke. The Commonwealth Cigar Club,
brainchild of David and Renee Meyer, had just announced its official opening
to new members. We have reprinted the full interview here -> Commonwealth
Cigar Club Interview
An Afternoon with Erik Nording, Famous Danish Pipe Carver and Namesake
of Rocky Patel's Nording Cigars (3/10/10)
It's 2:00 p.m. on a Tuesday, and fans await the arrival of famous
Danish pipe carver Erik Nording. Right on time, and full of energy and
enthusiasm, in he walks, one of the most personable, charming, and humble
people you may ever have the pleasure of meeting. Our customers knew they
were in for a treat, and so did we.
Erik introduced himself to each and every person in the store and chatted
like old friends. In the meantime, his traveling companion Mark Rudacille
of Rocky Patel Premium Cigars set up a display of Erik's hand carved pipes
and Nording cigars at the tobacco bar. The oohs and aahs from those watching
the pipes being taken from their cases drew everyone to the tobacco bar
like magnets. (That, and the complimentary Nording cigars Mark was handing
Between requests for autographs and questions from his in-store fans,
we were able to squeeze in most of the questions submitted from those
of you who were not able to join us. *Click
here to read the interview!*
Milan Tobacconists Sponsors a Tour to Rocky Patel Premium Cigars in
Hosted by Rocky Patel Premium Cigars, 15 lucky Milan customers signed
up to spend 4 days in late March with Rocky at his guest house in Danli,
Honduras. Day trips included sightseeing in Danli; tours of Rocky's Caribbean
and U.S. cigar factories where guests created their own custom blend cigars;
and tours of the tobacco fields, farm house, nursery, and drying barns.
The evenings were filled with relaxation, cigar smoking, cocktails, dinner,
and musical entertainment poolside at the guest house. Customers paid
airfare and taxes; all other expenses were covered. *Click
here to read a very informative journal written by one of the adventurers
- Tom Curling!*