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By: Michael Valdes
Emily Finck's future has been going up in smoke ever since she was a child. Don't feel bad for Emily, her father, Bill, has lived a similar life. That's what happens when the family business is one-hundred twenty years old.
Finck's Cigars is the oldest, continuously running cigar maker in the United States. And for much of that time, they have been doing it the same way. Bill Finck says the machines used to make the cigars were developed in the late forties and they are still made the same way.
That's probably for the best since most of the employees at Finck's Cigars have been around for thirty, forty, even fifty years.
They can produce over twelve cigars a minute. Up to twenty-five thousand cigars in a single day.
So it only makes sense that when the Finck family decided to get into the retail business seven years ago, they would go big as well.
Their store at West Avenue and Loop 410 has one of the biggest humidors in the state. It's basically the whole store, with a smoking room where customers are free to hang out.
And it's that feeling of family that the Finck's credit for the success of the family business. One that always respects the history of this great company. With an eye toward building it up for another century of success.
The family recently opened a second retail location in Helotes.
Thursday, January 24 2013, 10:07 PM CST
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