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Shinola Watches: Photo Tour

November 30, 2016

I’d never seen a watch-factory before, much less wandered the floor of one. Call it the “bonus round” when I visited Shinola last week! There’s a ton of stuff to say about watches, and watch-making, and why that’s [...]

The Smoking Jacket: Born to be Mild

November 5, 2015

By Marc Phillips When I opened a cigar lounge in Kyle, Texas back in 2011, I took a rather didactic approach to my marketing efforts. At the outset of this venture, one of my cigar distributors asked me a very serious and very good question—can a [...]

The Smoking Jacket: Tiny and Bold

August 12, 2015

By Marc Phillips “Way out west, a story is told About a bunch of cowboys, tiny and bold Riding tall, tall in the saddle Herding cows the size of schnauzers but they’re cattle…” Ah, mini sirloin burgers from Jack-in-the-Box. Until Flo from [...]

The Smoking Jacket: The Online Smoker

July 8, 2015

By Marc Phillips Have I told you about my constant struggles with smoking premium cigars in my isolated town on Colorado’s Western Slope? I’m sure that I have. In fact, I know that I have. There are only a couple of places where I can find a [...]