This post is part of a new series by Jonathan Drew called “JD Retailer Tributes”. Jonathan will be posting new tributes every night at 8pm on his Instagram account, and they will then be featured here on our site. To view all JD Retailer Tributes, click here. Thank you for following.
Fogue & Bates
“Don’t worry, Flava’s vision ain’t blurry” – Public Enemy. …. and don’t worry, JD ain’t stopping his JD RETAILER TRIBUTE series. No way, Jose, Luis, Janette, or Jack. … As a matter of fact, even though I missed the last bunch of days due to our annual IPCPR Show (Cigar Trade Show), I was able to speak to some of our friends in the tobacco Retail community who expressed how much they dig the Tributes. The aspect they enjoyed the most was learning about the store owner, history of the relationship and some of the funny or interesting stories. … So, here we are on the Sixth Tribute and I wanted to pay homage to a bad ass dude from the Midwest – James George of Fogue & Bates Tobacconist. … Yes, the Tulsa Black Belt Brother is what we call “Sifu” – a term of great respect to one who is all seeing and all knowing. … James has about the most loyal following of any tobacconist I have ever known. His customers love everything about him except for his music – which they were all all scared to deal with during my last DE event. So I took care of biz and threw on some of my nasty hip hop to get the event poppin. Hahahaha. Look, after 4 or 5 #cigarSafari trips to Nicaragua, James and staff get whatever Liga and Unicos we gots in the office. When traveling thru Oklahoma, stop by and say hello. Grab a Herrera Esteli and tell James to play some rap. Hahahaha…. You better be hand to hand combat ready. Hit em up on Instagram @jamesgeorge2004 or on his Facebook at “Fogue & Bates”. If you see Jason Brown, Micah Taylor or Miss Maru sitting there, be sure to say that Dizzle sent ya.