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Friday, 02 November 2012

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drjleadpicThis week, we have a celebrity cigar lover, a rock-influenced line of artisan cigars and a new spot to smoke while shooting a game of pool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nashville Maker of Artisan Cigars Runs into Legal Trouble

Making your own line of unique artisan cigars sounds appealing, but your passion could get you into hot water, as one startup found out.

 

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The Crowned Heads cigar company was founded in Nashville less than two years ago, and recently launched a line of smokes inspired by a legendary rock group. The Headley Grange line was named after a poorhouse in East Hampshire, England that later became the site where Led Zeppelin is alleged to have written and recorded some of their big hits.

 

One of those songs was “When the Levee Breaks,” whose heavy drums provided the inspiration for the Headley Grange cigars.

 

Unfortunately, the name of the new cigar line aroused the ire of the improbably named National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry. Never heard of it? It’s a long-standing organization of farmers that lobbies for agricultural workers.

 

The Grange filed suit with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, claiming that the Headley Grange brand tarnished its reputation. Crowned Heads has answered with a federal lawsuit, calling the charges “trademark bullying.”

 

Grange rep Amanda Brozana counters that the name is “just like McDonald’s arches. The reputation that goes along with the trademark allows our members to fundraise and reach out to the community.”

 

Since the membership of the Grange has dwindled from a high of 500,000 at the turn of the century to 160,000 today, maybe suing people is their major source of fundraising. This sounds like a lame excuse for a lawsuit to us. Good luck to the guys at Crowned Heads, because we can use more artisan cigars.

 

Chattanooga Billiard Club Adds Cigar Shop

If smoking a cigar while shooting pool sounds like your idea of a good time, there’s going to be a new spot in Chattanooga, TN, where you can do both. The Chattanooga Billiard Club is busy building its own cigar shop, and it should be open by Christmas.

 

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The Club purchased the former location of Shapiro’s Deli at 723 Cherry St. and is converting the space into a cigar lounge, complete with humidor. There will be an open-air smoking patio as well as a new lounge and private smoking room.

 

This sounds like the kind of place you never want to leave!






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