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: Florida Herf


ylo2na-cl
01-10-2008, 02:57 PM
Of course, this is open to anyone who would like to participate, but I would like to meet the guys in my area - Tampa and those reasonably close in Florida....to share ideas about our favorite hobby/love/passion. The goal would be to expand/increase our knowledge and understanding of cigar smoking, buying, giving and sharing of personal knowledge and expertise! But, most of all, it would be designed to bring together BOTL and experience all that goes into this fabulous passion. Of course, dont know how to do a "herf" but, I could learn and would not be against putting it together if there was enough interest!
Any interest....check in....! If not, ok, too!
Best
and, if this is against Cigar Live rules and regs...I heartily apologize!

mrgatorman
01-10-2008, 03:06 PM
This is most definately NOT against the rules but actually is one of the reasons that CL exists. We need to put together a herf...maybe meet up at a Tampa shop.. Any Ideas guys?

kevink868
01-10-2008, 03:15 PM
Word. Add me to the PM list, should one materialize.

ylo2na-cl
01-10-2008, 03:20 PM
Thanks for the recent info...I will write down all the names that show interest and post it in a day or two....
Best

mrgatorman
01-10-2008, 03:48 PM
You may want to check with one of the Tampa retailers here...maybe they want to host one. And we can meet.

koolhandk
01-10-2008, 04:10 PM
I wish I was still in FL, but I think you guys should do it at the new Tampa Humidor which is sceduled to open in Feb. I would love to see some pics of the new place!!!

reefman-cl
01-10-2008, 09:31 PM
Im a little ways away but Id love to be a part of it.

GatorMike
01-10-2008, 09:39 PM
Keep me in the loop. If classes work out I may be able to get down there.

guado
01-10-2008, 09:49 PM
You can count me in. they just never seem to happen.

When Tampahumidor opens their new shop next month that will be a BADASS place to go.

1500sq ft humidor and 2500 sq foot smoking loungs with beer and wine and expresso. that will be my new second home. :D

xavier_chino
02-04-2008, 03:07 PM
Ok so we weren't able to get everyone together for a herf last year, but lets try again.

I'll post some possilbe weekends and you guys tell me what you think, and Eddie (guado) try talking to Mike and see if after he's open he'd like to host a herf.

2/23-2/24
3/1-3/2
3/22-3/23
3/29-3/30

Ok guys lets do this

mrgatorman
02-04-2008, 04:57 PM
I can make most weekend...thanks Frank for rolling on this...believe it or not I also thought about this last weekend. I really want to get ome peeps together. W needs to get a Florida retailer to host this think...probably centrally located somewhere in or near central florida.

xavier_chino
02-04-2008, 05:57 PM
Yeah Bill, I was thinking Tampa or Lakeland so it wouldn't be to far for any of the coasties (orlando, st. pete).

xavier_chino
02-04-2008, 06:00 PM
There is another thread for this that I started
http://www.cigarlive.com/forum/index.php
It should be easier to keep up with since it's in the Florida section

mrgatorman
02-04-2008, 06:29 PM
I know tampa humidor bult a new ocation, mabe they'd be up for the host...if not we havea few retailers here that may be.

mrgatorman
02-04-2008, 06:30 PM
Chuck...where do you think we could do this??

ylo2na-cl
02-04-2008, 06:32 PM
I know I said I would take names regarding an HERF, but havent a clue about what to do! I know that Tampa Humidor is opening in about 2 or 3 weeks, so maybe we can get something going to meet or schedule one there? Of course, that is with the owner's permission and knowledge....any other ideas????
Best

xavier_chino
02-04-2008, 06:49 PM
Tampa Humidor isn't open yet last I heard from Mike it'd be the begining of March when he opens.

koolhandk
02-04-2008, 07:55 PM
Oh man I so wish I still lived in Florida :(. You guys gotta promise to smoke one for me and take lots of pictures of the new Tampa Humidor (if you have it there).

mrgatorman
02-04-2008, 08:54 PM
OIC...well who do you think we can get ahold of?

mrgatorman
02-04-2008, 08:57 PM
Kory...well always smoke one for a Gator...

mrgatorman
02-04-2008, 08:57 PM
Chuck...can you get ahold of a list of tampa b&ms...well start there

guado
02-04-2008, 09:12 PM
I know I said I would take names regarding an HERF, but havent a clue about what to do! I know that Tampa Humidor is opening in about 2 or 3 weeks, so maybe we can get something going to meet or schedule one there? Of course, that is with the owner's permission and knowledge....any other ideas????
Best

I already talked to Mike the owner about this. He said he is all for it! Mike from Tampa Humidor is a great BOTL along with owning the store.

koolhandk
02-04-2008, 09:52 PM
I already talked to Mike the owner about this. He said he is all for it! Mike from Tampa Humidor is a great BOTL along with owning the store.

And that's a fact Jack...or in this case Eddie.

g8trbone
02-04-2008, 10:24 PM
Make sure you keep me updated. I would love to bring the laptop to do a recording as well!!!

g8trbone
02-04-2008, 10:27 PM
I'll have to double check my calendar but I really want to do it!

ylo2na-cl
02-04-2008, 10:33 PM
count me in...I was at Tampa Humidor and spoke with Mike today but not about a Herf...Hopefully, he will open the 1st week in March...as I mentioned in one of my posts, I thought that would be a great place to have one! Looks like the ball is rolling!
Best

xavier_chino
02-05-2008, 09:21 AM
well if we wanted to do one before Mike opens we could talk to Atul (spelling) at Cigar Castle.

mrgatorman
02-05-2008, 09:50 AM
Get the Cigar Castle info and Ill try to set this up...

guado
02-05-2008, 10:15 AM
FYI-Cigar Castle has an issue with people bringing in their own smokes. I know at a herf I generally bring some for trading passing out and ALWAYS buy a few at the hosting location.

Mikes new shop will have beer/wine also. By march it should be open. Like I stated previously Mike was all for the Idea of a herf. Personally I avoid giving any business to Cigar Castle. Horrible BOTL IF you want to call him that and he is only in it for the $$$$. Not to mention his prices are higher that usual.

Forgot to mention also ran into ylo2na-Chuck today and never even knew it! LOL

xavier_chino
02-05-2008, 04:16 PM
So Cigar Castle is out, we could go to some place in Ybor (maybe Gaspar's I know it's not a cigar store, but they are cigar freindly), or to Edwards I'm sure they wouldn't mind and they have a couple of Domino tables. If anything we could always wait till march, and just do it at Mike's but I'd like to get a "practice" in before

mrgatorman
02-05-2008, 05:30 PM
Well frankly we should set this up for the begining of March...If we do, well be welcomed by Mike...

Lets give this a shot.

xavier_chino
02-05-2008, 05:50 PM
Sounds great
3/1-3/2
3/22-3/23
3/29-3/30
any of these weekends work for me. 3/16 is my wife's (and mine) babyshower.

xavier_chino
02-05-2008, 05:59 PM
Bump
I know not everyone checks the Florida section so I will try to keep an update on this thread as well. right now were looking at March, after Mike opens

3/1-3/2
3/22-3/23
3/29-3/30

any of these weekends work for me. 3/16 is my wife's (and mine) babyshower.
So everyone post what would be the best day for you guys.

guado
02-05-2008, 06:06 PM
Mike's shop is not open on sundays.

Wow of the days I am free I will be out of town. Sprint car season keep sme busy....ARGH! Either way I'll still help out if I can.

xavier_chino
02-05-2008, 06:09 PM
Hey Eddie, when Mike opens up the new place he still plans on being closed sundays?

guado
02-05-2008, 06:20 PM
4/12 is the first available saturday I have....that sucks!

Like I stated in the other thread I will still help out as needed.

Possibly a Moderater can MERGE both of these threads together into one?

mrgatorman
02-05-2008, 06:24 PM
Well maybe we can plan a Fri nite or something or Saturday afternoon.

mrgatorman
02-05-2008, 06:29 PM
Well maybe we can set this up to be a quarterly event...or even more often...Lets try an early March day then maybe a mid April.

xavier_chino
02-05-2008, 06:32 PM
Hey I'm cool with friday afternoons, or saturdays

Eddie are you off any friday's nest month.

g8trbone
02-05-2008, 09:58 PM
The end of March is better for me with work things I have going on towards the beginning of the month.

mrgatorman
02-05-2008, 11:02 PM
I sent an email to Mike at tampa Humis....lets see what he says...

xavier_chino
02-06-2008, 10:47 AM
T. J., Eddie what are good days Lets try to start narrowing down the dates.

guado
02-06-2008, 11:16 AM
Friday 3/21 and 3/28 are good for me. Possibly 3/14 but not set in stone yet.

g8trbone
02-06-2008, 05:53 PM
Fridays are not great for me beause of Church Softball. The 21st would probably be open as it is Good Friday and I'm not sure there will be games that day. I don't have a copy of the schedule yet, so I have no idea! Other than that, Saturdays are probably best.

kevink868
02-07-2008, 12:55 PM
I can probably make whatever date is decided upon by others. My schedule's pretty malleable. I'll keep an eye on this thread to see how it shakes out.

mrgatorman
02-07-2008, 06:14 PM
I think this will turn out very nice...Mike will be getting ahold of me as he has a date to open. it will most likely be in march. We can make a "habbit" of getting together there.

xavier_chino
02-07-2008, 06:32 PM
Sounds great. Thanks for e-mailing Mike, Bill. Looks like we should have at least 5 guys from the site for this in March.

mrgatorman
02-07-2008, 06:41 PM
that would be something...

guado
02-07-2008, 06:59 PM
If you need something asked keep in mind I am in there a few times a week. :D

xavier_chino
02-07-2008, 07:01 PM
Thanks Eddie. I'll keep that in mind. I know the guy thats building the cabinets. I need to remember to ask him if anythings been done yet or when he's going to start.

xavier_chino
02-12-2008, 10:50 AM
Here are some photos I got in Mike's email of the progress. these were from last week.

http://imagestore.puff.com/2008/02/12/p_2309356_0.jpg

http://imagestore.puff.com/2008/02/12/p_2309356_1.jpg

http://imagestore.puff.com/2008/02/12/p_2309356_2.jpg

g8trbone
02-12-2008, 10:39 PM
Wow... that place looks like it is going to be pretty big.

My plans might be changing, so I will keep you guys updated. I will most likely post something within the next day or so.

guado
02-15-2008, 01:28 PM
1500sqft Humidor, 2500sqft lounge, beer, wine, espresso and best of all Mike, one of the best BOTL/owners here in tampa.

CBI
02-15-2008, 02:19 PM
Keep me in touch. I subscribed to the thread to see what develops!!

g8trbone
02-16-2008, 11:36 AM
No changing in plans here. Let's make this happen!

guado
02-18-2008, 03:21 PM
I am voting for 3/21/08! :D

xavier_chino
02-19-2008, 10:06 AM
All I know is 3-22 is offically elimanated for me (Baby Shower). Hey has anyone heard any new news from Mike

mrgatorman
02-19-2008, 10:43 AM
Not yet, I can call him later and see what his ETA is.

guado
02-19-2008, 02:50 PM
I talked to him last week and he should be getting keys this or next week. I will stop in today and see...

mrgatorman
02-19-2008, 05:04 PM
you da man Eddie...I forget you have that relationship with him already...

g8trbone
02-19-2008, 11:46 PM
Again, that place looks like it is going to be amazing. I can't wait to make this happen.

mrgatorman
02-20-2008, 08:38 AM
Were talking the last half of march, and it seems a year away...hope this comes together...im really looking forward to it.

Architeuthis
02-20-2008, 08:49 AM
How are y'all gonna keep yer cigars lit under the water? <G> HAW!

mrgatorman
02-20-2008, 09:16 AM
Ancient chineese secret...Id tell ya, but then Id have to use you as bait...

Architeuthis
02-20-2008, 09:30 AM
Ancient chineese secret...Id tell ya, but then Id have to use you as bait...

HAW! You could try, but that would merely lead to Bill trying to type with two broken arms... <G>

mrgatorman
02-20-2008, 10:03 AM
HAW! You could try, but that would merely lead to Bill trying to type with two broken arms... <G>

Im always up for a good challenge. Besides my typing stinks anyhow.

guado
02-23-2008, 06:04 PM
Went to the new shop today and talked with Mike some more. He is ALL for us doing a herf there. He was actually very excited about hosting a group there. So let's get a good group at this florida herf and lets make it happen!

xavier_chino
02-23-2008, 09:39 PM
Hey Eddie did Mike give you any idea when the place should be ready

mrgatorman
02-23-2008, 10:01 PM
This is a done deal...all were waiting for is the place to open.

g8trbone
02-24-2008, 12:22 AM
Have we decided on a date yet?

guado
02-24-2008, 06:02 PM
He is looking at being open by the beginning of march.

xavier_chino
02-24-2008, 06:13 PM
Thats great, I can't wait.
so how does 3/21 sound to everyone. I know Eddie said it's good for him and T.J. said he might not be playing softball. So how about it.

svb
02-24-2008, 06:52 PM
Hopefully I can get in on this action?!

xavier_chino
02-24-2008, 07:00 PM
your more then welcome to come.

tento4
02-27-2008, 12:22 AM
Hey everyone,
New to this forum, but find it interesting.
Mike rules, he told me he hopes to be open by the 7th. My buddy is building the bar.
Things are moving along. Going to be great.

xavier_chino
02-27-2008, 10:14 AM
Hey tento4 are you talking about Jimmy?

tento4
02-27-2008, 11:06 AM
Yes, he was going to go buy the lumber yesterday. I am headed up that way in an hour or so. I will see what progress has been made.

guado
02-27-2008, 12:25 PM
I was helping Mike that last couple of days. The floors were almost done last night but without power sunlight dictates the work days. Furniture(most of) should be getting there today. Place is looking good!

xavier_chino
02-29-2008, 08:35 PM
Heard that Tampa Humidor should be opening around the 12th of March.

guado
02-29-2008, 11:59 PM
Bar is taking shape, Humidor should have been finished today(the walls) I had to leave early. Once the floor in the humidor is done the shelving can commence. Just need the bar doen and finish up some edging the lounge and things are gonna be rockin!!! Lot hard work but progress is visible!

Man I am STOKED!!!!

CBI
03-01-2008, 03:22 PM
I'm in. Keep me posted.

g8trbone
03-01-2008, 09:13 PM
The 21st is Good Friday and being in a church league, no games on the 21st! I should be able to make it up for that!!!

SWEET!!! I can't wait guys!

floridagirl-cl
03-02-2008, 02:18 PM
I went to visit Mike's place yesterday.......it is amazing! The bar should be finished by the end of this week.....looking great!

mrgatorman
03-02-2008, 03:51 PM
im gonna have to take a trip there...Maybe next week.

xavier_chino
03-02-2008, 09:12 PM
So looks like the 3-21 is the best date for everyone, can we see a show of hands.

guado
03-02-2008, 10:25 PM
Here!

g8trbone
03-03-2008, 12:16 AM
I'm going to do my best... I'm really going to have to make it up to my wife somehow!

mrgatorman
03-03-2008, 07:19 AM
3/21 works for me

xavier_chino
03-03-2008, 11:38 AM
Ok so we have a date lets come up with a time what time should we start till close.

Hey any of you guys that talks or goes into Mikes on a regular basis know or could ask till what time he'll be open on fridays.

guado
03-03-2008, 01:49 PM
Ok so we have a date lets come up with a time what time should we start till close.

Hey any of you guys that talks or goes into Mikes on a regular basis know or could ask till what time he'll be open on fridays.

Should be open till midnight. :D

xavier_chino
03-03-2008, 02:00 PM
Eddie are you seroius wow, oh crap is my wife going to hate that place.

xavier_chino
03-03-2008, 02:03 PM
so how does 5-close sound

guado
03-03-2008, 04:06 PM
Eddie are you seroius wow, oh crap is my wife going to hate that place.

He will adjust hours as needed as the time goes by to see. But he did tell me if there are alot of people there(I.e. buying drinks not getting too rowdy) he would probably stay open later to keep us happy.

I try to get as much info as possible but right now getting the place ready to open is ALOT of work. I will hopefully be there all this week helping out.

mrgatorman
03-03-2008, 04:59 PM
5 sounds good to me...nice work

xavier_chino
03-03-2008, 06:32 PM
Hey Eddie do you have the actual address for the place.

g8trbone
03-04-2008, 12:43 AM
Wow... I'm not sure if I'll be able to "close the place down" but I'm going to try to be there as long as possible. Gotta remember, 2.5 hr drive each way.

guado
03-04-2008, 10:08 AM
Well if you're not a scary person my house is open...as long as the wife ok's it....lol

guado
03-04-2008, 10:09 AM
Hey Eddie do you have the actual address for the place.

I can get that today. If you have directions for the old sho, his new one is about 2 blocks west of his old one and on the opposite side of the road.

xavier_chino
03-04-2008, 12:12 PM
I just wanted the new address so I could post it for everyone.

Woodson
03-04-2008, 02:29 PM
1717 E Busch Blvd Ste 104
Tampa, FL 33612
Phone: (813) 990-8535

Not certain if this is the old address or not.

guado
03-04-2008, 03:21 PM
1717 E Busch Blvd Ste 104
Tampa, FL 33612
Phone: (813) 990-8535

Not certain if this is the old address or not.

That's the old one.

The new one is
1418 E. Busch Blvd Suite 105
Tampa, FL 33612

If you are heading eastbound on Busch you CAN'T miss the billboard above the shop...lol

xavier_chino
03-04-2008, 04:58 PM
Ok I posted the time date and address, here. march 21 herf (http://www.cigarlive.com/forum/t15016-march-21-herf.html)

Woodson
03-04-2008, 08:13 PM
Looks like a great time on the 21st. I will do my best to get there Friday after work. Look forward to meeting some of you guys.

Have a great week and see you soon~

floridagirl-cl
03-05-2008, 12:35 AM
The 21st will be awesome! Tento4 and I will both be there! Can't wait.

xavier_chino
03-05-2008, 09:33 AM
Looks like we have 5 confirmed on the other thread, come guys you don't have to be there at 5 pm you can come later.

xavier_chino
03-05-2008, 01:52 PM
What do you think guys should I put out a mass pm to those fl members that haven't posted

Don Arturo
03-05-2008, 02:11 PM
I just saw this thread and I am actually going to be in the area (busch gardens) that week. I am deffinitely going to show.

xavier_chino
03-05-2008, 02:33 PM
Hey thats great Arturo.

mrgatorman
03-05-2008, 02:38 PM
Yes...definately put out the mass PM

xavier_chino
03-05-2008, 03:49 PM
Mass pm to everyone from the list in the central florida area that has not confirmed. to those of you that have confirmed sorry for the pm.

(oh and this thread has over 400 veiws, and over a 100 posts)

xavier_chino
03-07-2008, 10:01 AM
Count down till we Herf! (http://www.timeanddate.com/counters/fullscreen.html?mode=a&year=2008&month=3&day=21&hour=5pm&min=0&sec=0&p0=410)

I've gotten a few confirms in pm I'm going to encourage them to post.

svb
03-07-2008, 10:14 AM
I am moving to Tampa (from Sarasota) next weekend and will be working on N. West Shore Blvd. I would like to confirm my presence at the grand opening!

I will also need to find BOTLs in the West Shore area (work) and Fish Hawk area (home).

Thanks in advance!

SVB

mrgatorman
03-07-2008, 11:07 AM
Heck...we do work in Fishawk...Danielle Fence

guado
03-07-2008, 07:04 PM
I am moving to Tampa (from Sarasota) next weekend and will be working on N. West Shore Blvd. I would like to confirm my presence at the grand opening!

I will also need to find BOTLs in the West Shore area (work) and Fish Hawk area (home).

Thanks in advance!

SVB

I have been keeping mike informed about you SVB. Once he opens I'm sure he or I will be getting some talking done.

svb
03-07-2008, 11:44 PM
I will try to get to the Grand Opening and bring along a few custom-rolled smokes ;)

guado
03-08-2008, 10:14 AM
The soft opening on the 17th or the grand opening?

xavier_chino
03-11-2008, 01:23 PM
Here are some new pics from mike's newsletter.
http://imagestore.puff.com/2008/03/11/p_2343068_0.jpghttp://imagestore.puff.com/2008/03/11/p_2343068_1.jpg

mrgatorman
03-11-2008, 03:24 PM
Verynice...hell have this ready for the 21st?

xavier_chino
03-11-2008, 03:59 PM
they are doing the soft opening on the 17th

xavier_chino
03-17-2008, 11:13 PM
I went to the "soft" grand opening today, man even though the place isn't 100&#37; done (just finishing touches) it's amazing, huge. can't wait till Friday.

mrgatorman
03-17-2008, 11:20 PM
tease...