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Our History

  • About Holts

Spanning over 115 years in the cigar business, Holt’s Cigar Company endeavors to provide cigar enthusiasts with the finest customer service and luxury consumer goods in the world.  Our dedication is informed by generations of satisfied customers.  Visit one of our elegant retail locations in person.  Or, order online or over the phone.  Holt’s guarantees quality, value and an exceptional consumer experience!

Holt’s Cigar Company is owned and operated by the Levin family in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Albert and Jean Levin purchased Holt’s in 1957.  Following years of successful growth, son Robert Levin assumed company operations in 1974. Applying his passion for cigars and natural business savvy, Robert created the Ashton cigar brand in 1985. Now a “Top 5” brand in the U.S market, Ashton is sold in over 60 countries around the world. In the early 2000s, Ashton launched two additional highly sought-after brands, La Aroma de Cuba and San Cristobal.

In 2004, Robert’s son, Sathya Levin, joined the company on a full-time basis and now bridges the enterprise into its third generation. Robert’s daughter, Meera Levin, came on board as well in 2007. Presently, Holt’s is among the Top 5 retail cigar establishments in the world with extensive online and catalog divisions.

Visit our historic flagship retail store at 1522 Walnut Street in downtown Philadelphia!  One of the largest walk-in humidors in the country accompanies a courteous, professional staff of true cigar specialists.  Holt’s is the premier cigar retailer for those in search of selection, value, knowledge and above all, pristine customer service.  Our Walnut Street location also features a classic smoking lounge where consumers may relax and enjoy their favorite cigars.

In 2013, our company unveiled the wildly anticipated Ashton Cigar Bar directly above the Holt’s retail store on Walnut Street.  A signature showpiece for the Ashton cigar brand, Ashton Cigar Bar features a world-class selection of 200 premium cigars, 330 whiskeys and 500 total spirits. Ashton Cigar Bar is the ultimate oasis for indulgence in life’s pleasures.  A friendly, knowledgeable staff and custom-engineered air purification system will guarantee a relaxing, one-of-a-kind experience in downtown Philadelphia!

In addition, Holt’s Cigar Company maintains its second retail location as well as a beautiful, luxurious private cigar lounge on Townsend Road in Northeast Philadelphia.  This second retail location is attached to Holt’s corporate headquarters and distribution center which includes 20,000 square feet of humidified warehouse space.

The next time you’re in Philadelphia, stop by one of our Holt’s retail establishments and Ashton Cigar Bar.  We’d love to meet you in person.  And if you live far away, we are always excited and prepared to assist you with any cigar purchases or questions that you encounter.  Feel free to call us directly or order from our extensive online store.  Thank you for your continued support.