Ashton had nothing new this year—and actually less in the booth than last year. The company got rid of its pipes. One consequence of that—which I hadn’t really thought about—meant that there weren’t as many retailers rushing to the booth early on Day 1 to select their own designs.

The booth is the same as last year’s booth, which was the debut for the new structure. I think it’s probably the most imposing booth at the trade show, which the PCA may or may not be giving awards for at this point.

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Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I have written about the cigar industry for more than a decade, covering everything from product launches to regulation to M&A. In addition, I handle a lot of the behind-the-scenes stuff here at halfwheel. I enjoy playing tennis, watching boxing, falling asleep to the Le Mans 24, wearing sweatshirts year-round and eating gyros. echte liebe.