RoMa Craft Tobac was formed in 2012 by Michael Rosales and Skip Martin combining the operations of their two companies, Costa Rican Imports, LLC and Galveston Bay Tobacco, LLC. The combined company holds the CroMagnon, CroMagnon Aquitaine, Intemperance, Adrians Costa Rica, and Hava Cigar brands and manages manufacturing operations in Esteli, Nicaragua and San Jose, Costa Rica.
About Hava Cigar Online
Hava Cigar Shop and Lounge was established in Galveston, Texas in 2006. Owned and operated by Galveston Bay Tobacco, LLC, Hava Cigar grew and thrived until it was destroyed by the flood waters of Hurricane Ike in September, 2008. Hava Cigar Online launched in 2011 as a direct retail channel for the Adrians Costa Rican and CroMagnon brands. Since our launch, we've expanded our portfolio of cigar brands to include CroMagnon Aquitaine, Intemperance and Thirty.
Instead of the ordinary drivel found on these types of pages, we feel that the following entries from our company blog, Smoke Signals, tells the story of Hava Cigarbest:
On September 15, 2008, I wrote an Open Letter to Our Customersin which I shared what I was feeling the night before I drove into Galveston, Texas to find out how Hurricane Ike had impacted our business. I remember that as I sat in my room writing the letter, I was hoping for the best, but expecting the worst. Being unsure of what I would find, my mind drifted from contemplation of the possible loss to a deeper reflection on how the business came to be and on the significance it had on my life over the prior three years.
I drove to Galveston the next day, but it took me almost a week to compose my thoughts on what I found there. After The Storm is the raw account of my first few hours on the island. It was written, almost entirely, on the back of a mud-stained piece of trash as I sat under a generator-powered drop light in Texas City after 20 hours of the most filthy, exhausting and emotionally draining labor you can imagine.
Almost a month later, after a period of frenetic recovery efforts I posted Don't Call It a Comeback to update our customers on our status and to answer the frequently asked question: "Are you going to re-open." At the time, the answer was 'indefinite'. In this update, I mentioned that one of our key considerations was the economic environment on the island after the storm.
After five months of further consideration and analysis, we answered the question in our post One Chapter Closes and Another Opens. The political and economic realities of post-Ike Galveston made any hope of a short-term recovery almost impossible. Even though my prior partner ultimately made the decision to pursue a separate venture almost a year later, I believe that, as difficult as the decision not to return to Galveston was to make, it was the prudent course.
However, as the song says, "..the names have all changed since you hung around, but those dreams have remained and they're turned around." As I wrote in our blog, The Brotherhood of the Leaf is as strong and viable as ever and despite looming smoking bans and state tobacco tax increases, Texas is still one of the two best states for the cigar business.
So...beginning in 2010, Hava Cigar is back in business. Don't call it a comeback, because we've been here for years!