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The Smoker, Mel Feldman

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Feb 9, 2008
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Years ago, there was a New York tobacco shop where I'd order blends to my specifications. The shop was The Smoker and the hand blender was Mel Feldman. I was buying from Mel long before he had an internet presence. As I've been blending myself, I began thinking about Mel and started an internet search and found this article.
From the article:"In early 2013, the owner of Pipes and Cigars.com, Scott Bendett approached Mel about the idea of bringing back those original tinned blends, some of which date back to the 1930s. When he expressed interest, Feldman worked together with longtime friend and blender for Pipes and Cigars.com, Russ Ouellette, to recreate those blends."

Does anyone know/remember if Pipes and Cigars.com did actually make some of Mel's blends?

I found the following on Google groups from 2009.


Jan 6, 2009, 10:02:30 AM

Hello All,
Im Melvin Feldman who was the owner of the oldest established Tobacco Store in Upstate New York that was opened in 1931 and i
closed it due to retirement in 2000, and a award winning Cigar and Pipe Store, I am just a Pipe and Tobacco Hand Blender of Pipe Tobacco's now.........link
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