The inception of Havana House was in 1988 when Thomas Hinds opened the first store in Toronto, Ontario.
A SECOND LOCATION
A second store was added to the city in 1989. During the same year Thomas Hinds, with 18 years experience in the tobacco industry, signed an agreement with Cubatabaco Worldwide Distributors for the exclusive distribution rights for Canada of all Havana cigars. All duty free shops, hotels, retailers and so on are supplied through Havana House.
A THIRD LOCATION
In 1990 Havana House was established in Windsor, Ontario with the opening of a third store.
At this time, 1992 has proven to be the most exciting year yet. Havana House, Winnipeg, was opened August 10th, and is owned and operated by Winnipeg resident Mel J. Hinds.
A RICH HISTORY
Now, if you’ve been in our recently renovated storefront, you’ll see a lot of photos that we took in the early 2000’s from events that we used to have outside the city. From events like “Cigars Under the Stars” to Wednesday Pipe Night, Thomas Hinds Tobacconist has always tried to give their customers and employees a safe space to enjoy a cigar, pipe and the occasional glass of whiskey. Thomas Hinds’ rich history of celebrities that have purchased cigars over the years include famous Late Night Talk Show Host David Letterman.
TITAN OF INDUSTRY
We commemorated the remarkable life of Thomas Hinds, who departed with a thriving business and graciously bequeathed it to his three most devoted employees.
In July the business was purchased from Mel Hinds but continued to operate as Thomas Hinds Tobacconist to maintain the rich heritage and respect for Mel & Thomas Hinds.
RETAIL SPACE RENOVATION
Retail space renovation. After 30 years in the same location Thomas Hinds Tobacconist received a well deserved renovation to our retail space. Our designer Soma Interiors lead by Rita created a space that paid tribute to the past while brining us up to the 20th century.
SAMPLING ROOM OPENING
May 20th marked the grand opening of our newly build Sampling Room. The room is outfitted with state of the art ventilation, a fully stocked whisky bar, cigar lockers and live music. With velvet booths, leather chairs and room for everyone to gather you can be sure to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.
2024 & BEYOND
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