TAMPA — Ybor City, a district in close proximity to downtown Tampa, characteristics the flavors and aromas of Cuba. From hand rolled cigars to Cuban coffee, the area of stores, restaurants, and bars is a haven for locals and travelers.
For all those trying to get those flavors and aromas, Tabanero Cigars caters to both equally.
“We are recognised for the greatest Cuban espresso in Ybor Metropolis,” Karen Lozano informed FOX4 in the course of our vacation to the Super Bowl.
Bragging? Perhaps, but the supervisor of the store which has “cigar” in its title, does concoct a stable cup of Cuban brew. And hand packs cigars in the same retail store.
“It’s not about quantities, it’s about high quality,” she additional.
Opened 10 yrs in the past by a businessman who immigrated from Cuba with his mother and father at 15, Tabanero has grown into not just a retail outlet, but maker of great cigars in an off-site facility.
Enterprise slowed through the pandemic, and the store shut briefly, but Lozano suggests they weathered the storm and are again open and occupied. Income dropped 70%, but on the internet orders stored the enterprise afloat, even as it was pressured to lay off staff.
Now that it is back again open up, business enterprise is buying up yet again, nevertheless obtaining cigar rollers has been tricky.
“It’s not uncomplicated to come across people who want to roll cigars,” Lozano stated. “They arrive from Cuba, they work with us for a pair of months. There are so several opportunities in this place.”
In other phrases, they obtain larger having to pay positions in design or other trades. So for now, cigars are snipped and packed, with rollers from Nicaragua on the way by March.
Meantime, a constant stream of customers just days in advance of the Super Bowl strolled in for the sights and senses of all items Cuba.
“You are in the suitable area,” Lozano smiled. “All matters Cuban.”
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