Draper buys Bethesda Tobacco

W. Curtis Draper Tobacconist, the oldest tobacco shop in the District, has acquired Bethesda Tobacco for an undisclosed sum.

Draper owners John Anderson and Matt Krimm announced the deal Tuesday, saying they will rename Bethesda Tobacco as W. Curtis Draper Bethesda.

They bought the store, 4916 Del Ray Ave., from current owner Michael Copperman. Bethesda Tobacco opened in 1994.

W. Curtis Draper, at 14th and G streets NW, has been in business since 1887 and has been profiled many times over the years, including articles in The New York Times and Cigar Aficionado.

Anderson and Krimm have hired Paul Spence, formerly mid-Atlantic regional sales manager for cigar manufacturer CAO International, as managing partner and general manager of their new Bethesda store.

source: Washington Business Journal

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