Press Release: Drapers Announces Purchase of Bethesda Tobacco. Paul Spence Named Managing Partner

For Immediate Release

After 123 Years W. Curtis Draper Tobacconist Expands
DC’s Oldest Tobacco Shop Announces Purchase of Bethesda Tobacco
CAO’s Paul Spence Named Managing Partner & General Manager

Washington, DC — January 18, 2011 — John Anderson and Matt Krimm owners of W. Curtis Draper Tobacconist,Washington, DC’s oldest full service tobacco shop, today announced they have completed the purchase of Bethesda Tobacco (4916 Del Ray Avenue, Bethesda, MD) from Michael Copperman.  The purchase marks Draper’s first foray outside the District of Columbia in its 123-year history.  It was also announced that Paul Spence, formerly Mid-Atlantic Regional Sales Manager with cigar manufacturer CAO International, was named Managing Partner & General Manager of the Bethesda store.  Spence brings over 20 years experience in the hospitality and cigar industries to the role.  Sale terms were not disclosed.

According to Anderson, “Mike has been a friend and colleague for 15 years.  I know how much Bethesda Tobacco and the family of customers means to him.  The fact he offered us this opportunity was humbling.”

“John and Matt are true tobacconists.  I wouldn’t entrust Bethesda Tobacco, or its customers, to anyone else,” said Copperman.

Founded in 1994 as J.B Sims Fine Tobacco, the shop was renamed Bethesda Tobacco in 2001.  In 2004 Copperman purchased the shop from founder Bart Sims.  With the sale to Anderson, Krimm and Spence the shop will be renamed W. Curtis Draper Bethesda.  A date for the formal grand opening event will be announced shortly.  The flagship W. Curtis Draper store (640 14th Street NW) is located steps from the White House in the heart of Downtown DC and draws its clientele from many of the surrounding private and Federal Government office buildings.

Matt Krimm states, “Tobacco enthusiasts are extremely loyal to their shop of choice, but now we can offer everyone an option close to either their home or office.  It’s the best of both worlds.”

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About W. Curtis Draper Tobacconist
W. Curtis Draper Tobacconist (Drapers) was founded in 1887 by William Curtis Draper. It is the oldest full service tobacconist in the District of Columbia and the third oldest in the United States.  Proprietors John Anderson and Matt Krimm offer a full array of cigars, pipes, pipe tobacco, snus and smoking accessories to a national clientele.  Drapers has been profiled in numerous media outlets including:  The Washington Post, The New York Times, Bloomberg, CNN, Cigar Aficionado and The China Daily.  The shop is located at 640 14th Street NW (at G Street), Washington, DC 20005.  For information call Drapers at (202) 638-2555 (outside Washington, DC (800) 572-2382) or visit www.wcurtisdraper.comPhone orders welcome.

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