Habanos Torres – Mesa, Arizona
Travel through downtown Mesa, Arizona and you have entered part of a city resembling an early 50′s or 60′s era neighborhood. Restaurants have intimate seating with a city view, stores are family owned and operated and classic cars will line the streets on the weekends.
Timothy Torres is a Cuban born, fifth-generation, cigar blender and roller who operates a business in this Mesa district called Habanos Torres.
With little money and a heart full of passion, Mr.Torres followed his childhood dream of making cigars for the “true fine cigar smoker“. His location was opened off a busy street in Mesa with just enough space to hold a humidifying cabinet, a humble rolling/aging room, and a small cash register. Patrons would have no trouble walking across the entire store in just two strides.
Overcoming size has never been an issue for the 5 foot, plus a little, Tim Torres and his shop. Customers enjoyed the hand rolled cigars immensely; most would bring their own lawn chairs to set up a makeshift lounge in front of the establishment. Habanos Torres would stay open past normal business hours to accommodate the “HERF” that was never planned but always seemed to happen. With a faithful customer base and sales increasing, it was time to expand his cigar rolling into the type of cigar lounge Mr.Torres had always dreamed of.
Dreams Become Reality
“Welcome, welcome – come in, come in – privilege to show you around.”
Tim boasts out with the largest smile on his face as we enter his brand new, just completed, cigar lounge.
The main seating area is located in the middle of the shop. Four dark comfortable couches surround a coffee table with Stinky ashtrays. Just passed the couches are two tabletops that would allow for more intimate conversation. Against the only window is a game table with a beautiful chess set almost too intimating to touch. Everything creates a cozy atmosphere that makes it easy to relax for hours.
A wall lined with the Torres hand-rolled cigars leads the way to a well-lit cedar room. The rolling table is perfectly set so you can see the man in action from any angle.
“You want me to roll, you want something special made?”
Another smile appears on his face hoping he can make you something special, something you can enjoy.
“Look at this.”
Tim continues the rolling room tour by showing off one of his molds that has been in his family since the 1840′s.
After answering a bombardment of questions regarding my pallet and favorite smoking characteristics, I get the promise of a cigar that will make me happy. A brief moment later Tim hands over a dark Robusto using his 30-year tobacco leaf. Cigars from Habanos Torres start at about $8 and settle around $40 but have the ability to go up depending on any special requests.
“There are princes, dignitaries, presidents who don’t have the honor of one person rolling a single cigar with a special blend just for them. Their cigars may come in a golden box and cost a lot of money, but they weren’t made just for them, based on their preferences. To see that kind of satisfaction on someone’s face, to know they appreciate something I have made for them — that’s what I love,”
Habanos Torres is a great little cigar lounge, ran by one of the most friendly people you will ever encounter, set in an area that makes you feel like you entered a time machine. Make the trip to Habanos Torres and experience the great atmosphere.
Habanos Torres Cigar Factory
48 S. Robson Rd. Suite 101
Mesa, AZ 85210
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