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HOC Receives 2019 Dallas Award

November 8, 2019 -- House of Cigars has been selected for the 2019 Dallas Award in the Tobacco Shops category by the Dallas Award Program.

Each year, the Dallas Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Dallas area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2019 Dallas Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the infomnation gathered both intemally by the Dallas Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Dallas Award Program The Dallas Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Dallas area.Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Dallas Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.


Continuing the tradition of creating special cigars to honor the 4 legged creatures in our life, it is our pleasure to debut a new blend captures the spirit and nature of Nicole's Quarter Horse, Rodeo. This Full Bodied smoke is mellow on the palate, with steady earthy notes and just a hint of sweetness on the exhale. The power is there in the background, but the smoothness of this smoke makes it an easy ride. Balanced and flavorful, but not very spicy, this cigar is sure to become one of your "Go To" smokes.



From the Hills of Mayaguez to the Plains of Dallas

House of Cigars follows the footsteps of Ramon Santaliz, a Spanish Canary Islands immigrant to Puerto Rico in the 1820s who happens to be my maternal great-grandfather. Like many Canarians, he and his large family settled in the then young city of Mayaguez, on the island's west coast. Up in the hills, east of the city, my ancestors built up Hacienda Camila and within a few years the farm had become one of the island's major producers of tobacco. At the helm of the operation, Ramon was followed in 1948 by one of his sons, my grandfather Luis Pio -- a naturally-gifted tobacco taste tester. Today Hacienda Camila is known as Villa Santaliz, an upscale residential enclave away from the city bustle. Based in Dallas, Texas, I continue grandfather Pio's tobacco legacy. Our family business has evolved from harvesting tobacco to hand-rolling and selling our own blends under the Pio Santaliz cigar brand. The original house of cigars, that warm home where we once dwelt in Mayaguez, for the past decade has been "the" House of Cigars in this other land. So come on by and say hello… mi casa es tu casa.

Willie and Nicole Martinez Santaliz

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A superior product

We are dedicated to creating an all natural product. Unlike major producers that fumigate their stock before shipping from the factory, we have a much simpler, natural biological system based on temperature control. By consistently maintaining a base average temperature of 65 degrees in the humidor, this simple, effective, and all natural "wintering effect" ensures the delicate character of the tobacco leaf, never tainted with non-organic contaminants and always produces a clean finish with no acrid aftertaste. We cure our cigars for 30 days – just long enough to balance out the moisture levels for an easy draw and to allow for proper "marinating of the oils" for a unified blend. Commercial-brand and out-sourced production cigars take up to a year to get from factory to retail, but we strive to stay close to the age-old tradition when one could stop by the cigar roller's stand on the street corner and pick up a fresh cigar. Our family tradition comes forward in the unique, exotic combinations of tobacco leaves we produce in our micro-factory.

A perfect humidor

Over the centuries we have learned which materials help most in protecting and developing the subtle aromas and character within the tobacco leaf. We follow the tradition of our ancestors with a walk-in humidor built entirely by hand using the finest Spanish cedar and hand-burnished mahogany trim. Spanish Cedar's spongy cellular makeup and neutral aroma not only encourages harmonic blending of cigars that are curing, but also provides a more stable preservation of cigars ready to be lit. This dedication to proper materials is an essential component in establishing and maintaining purity of product while creating the ideal tropical environment. Our humidor's ambiance is complemented by our unique suspended, inclined, multi-level shelving system that allows for the natural movement of humidity and temperature to flow in, out, and around the cigars. Stop by and pick-up your favorite, made right here.

Special blends, made to order

Our blending program is avant-garde in every way. We are dedicated to creating mini-vintages of cigars. We create special custom blends for our clients. We create special custom blends for ourselves. We avoid combinations that are already available in other lines.

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Come on in

When you step into our upscale casual-elegant cigar lounge, you enter a comfortable, clean, modern space. Whether you have a business meeting during the day or just want to stop by for an evening with your friends to enjoy a fine cigar from our humidor, this room is built for you.

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