J.C. Newman Cigar Company invites the Tampa community to make a wish at its historic cigar factory for the “Wishing Hour Day” on Wednesday, September 15 at 9:15 a.m.
Legend has it that the locals used to refer to J.C. Newman’s iconic clock as the “wishing clock”. When anyone had a problem – personal, financial, health, etc. – they would gather in the street in front of El Reloj at 9:15 in the morning stretching out their arms replicating the nine and the three on the long hand of the clock. This was the wishing moment where they wished their problems away – but at 9:16 it was gone.
Foundation Coffee will be pouring coffee compliments of J.C. Newman from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m., while supplies last. This event is free and open to the public. J.C. Newman Cigar Company Museum and Factory Store hours are M – F 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Wishing Hour Day
9/15 at 9:15 a.m.
The Steps of El Reloj (2701 N 16th Street, Tampa, Florida
About J.C. Newman Cigar Co.
Founded in 1895 by Julius Caeser Newman, J.C. Newman Cigar Company is the oldest family-owned premium cigar maker in America. J.C. Newman rolls its El Reloj, Factory Throwouts, and Trader Jacks cigars by hand-operated, vintage cigar machines at its historic cigar factory in Tampa, Florida. It also hand rolls its Brick House, Perla del Mar, El Baton, and Quorum cigars at the J.C. Newman PENSA cigar factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. J.C. Newman’s Diamond Crown, MAXIMUS, Julius Caeser, and Black Diamond cigars are handmade by Tabacalera A. Fuente in the Dominican Republic. With its longtime partners the Fuente family, the Newmans founded the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation, which supports low-income families in the Dominican Republic with education, health care, vocational training, and clean water.