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   My name is Mike Robbins and I began selling Tobacco pipes, cigars and lighters at the Orange County Marketplace Space F136 in 1980. My specialty for the first decade was Meerschaum pipes considered to be the finest in the world. Meerschaum is a pure white stone mined in the mountains of Turkey. The stone is then hand carved into smoke-able works of art and for 100s of years was the pipe of kings. I traveled to Istanbul to import Meerschaum pipes in the 80s and I had the largest selection of Meerschaum pipes in the world available to the public. I even customized pipes to make them truly unique, something no one else in the world did at that time. I changed the stems and drilled out the shank of the pipe and the stem to allow for a better draw. Working on 10s of thousands of pipes gave me an intimate knowledge of the Meerschaum.

I learned about cigars from the manufacturer of Romeo y Juliet cigars. The distributor was in Los Angeles and I would go there once a month beginning in 1981 to buy cigars, briar pipes, and all the pipe accessories. In their giant humidor with 10,000 boxes of cigars I was invited to smoke any cigar from broken boxes and there were 100s of broken boxes. So I smoked and learned from the best in the business. They also taught me about the correct storage of cigars as they kept their warehouse at 65 degrees and 73% humidity.

In 1990 I added a Zippo distributorship to the expanding business. As the West Coast Zippo distributor we supply retailers in Southern California.

As the cigar industry began its boom in the early 1990s I built my first refrigerated mobile humidor with the help of at least 12 refrigeration experts.

This sounds like a ridiculous number but no one really knew how to build a mobile refrigerated cigar facility. Originally I was advised by 2 owners of Refrigeration companies. After building the refrigerated trailer it would not maintain the right temperature and humidity. I had at least 7 different experts come and try their hand at fixing the problems. Finally it took 3 experts working together to come up with the answers that solved all the problems.

After 2 more years, business had outgrown my original small trailer and required the next step. In 1995 I designed and had built the largest mobile refrigerated cigar humidor in the world –

The truck is custom designed with a state of the art humidor built in. Double insulated and thermal grade windows protect the cigars. 2 refrigeration units designed on a computer circulate air in a perfect cigar environment. 100% Spanish cedar interior is the perfect place to age fine cigars. Powered on location by a 5,000 watt generator to always maintain 65 degree 73% humidity this is the ultimate cigar humidor and it is mobile.

Today I am pleased to enjoy a business partnership with my wife Jeanine, my children Ken, Daniel, and Laura

Our goal is to always be the best informed source and supply you with the finest products at the lowest prices.

We have a continued and respected enterprise at the Orange County Market Place since 1979 and have expanded to the internet to bring our expertise and fine products to all.

 

Thanks

Mike

714.539.2575

5 comments on “About Us

  1. Jerry Romero

    My grandfather passed away about a year ago. My grandmother asked me to come by and drill open a locked case in his old office. Inside we found a large pipe collection. One pipe in particular stood out. the pipe is a Meerschaum pipe with the design of a sultan of some sort. (man with turban) there was a custom case along with paperwork. also there was a business card with your info. I looked your name up along with meerschaum and here I am sending an email. neither my grandmother or me knows much about pipes but all the paperwork looked old and the card also. I just thought it very interesting and pretty amazing to have found you. Congratulations on what sounds like a long career and success in your industry.

    1. admin Post author

      hi jerry, I’m sorry to hear about your grandfather, please email me directly if you want to know more about the pipe or just have questions regarding the pipes. 7145392575 or paradisecigars@aol.com

  2. Alex

    Are all of the cigars available for purchase dipped in Cognac. I had one of your cigars dipped in Cognac and found it to be a solid smoke. Please let me know and I will make a purchase.

    Thanks
    AM

    1. admin Post author

      Thanks alex…sorry for the late reply. They are made by me and one man can’t make enough for demands. Please call or email me directly and i’ll set aside some for you 714 539 2575 or paradisecigars@aol.com thanks

  3. Gary R Gottschalk

    Please send catalogue or web site I love H Hupman and Hoyo Churchill is my favorite size Maduro is BEST

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