Rocky’s News and Cigar on North Salina Street in Syracuse is the self-proclaimed “#1 Cigar Store in Upstate New York.” Established in 1985, Rocky’s currently sells a variety of snacks, non-alcoholic drinks, necessities, magazines, lottery tickets, cigarettes, lighters, cutters, ashtrays, humidors, pipes, pipe tobacco, and cigars. They even boast an online retail store where you can peruse their wide selection of products in the comfort of your home. – Peter Work, Examiner dot com – February 24, 2010
This is a stretch but I am making a leap of faith that the GRANDAS on this pentimento is associated with the Montreal resident Jose Granda – cigar maker – immigrant from Spain. Below is the obituary of his daughter Mary Cook.
COOK, Mary (nee Granda) August 10th, 1924 – October 13th, 2012Passed away at Father Dowd Memorial Home at the age of eighty-eight after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s. Mary’s late father, Jose Granda, and his brothers were among the first immigrants from Spain to settle in Montreal in 1900 as founding partners in Jose Granda Cigars Ltd on St-Laurent Boulevard. She was predeceased by her brothers Pepe, Adolpho, Armando, Domingo and John, and by her sisters Feliz, Blanca, Luz and Paulina.
Beloved wife of Mr. Douglas James Cook and devoted mother to Linda (Bill Dalziel), Eric (Kathleen Casey) and Nina (Peter Walker). Loving Tita to Ryan, Kristin, Michael, Morgan, Andrew, Stuart, Michael, Maria, Evan and Casey. She will be greatly missed by her great-granddaughter Maya, her nieces and nephews as well as many other relatives and friends.
Family will receive condolences at Kane and Fetterly Funeral Home (5301, Decarie Boulevard (corner Isabella), Montreal, H3W 3C4) on Friday, November 2nd from 2 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. A memorial mass will be celebrated at St-Ignatius Parish (4455 West Broadway, Montreal) on Saturday, November 3rd at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to Alzheimer Society would be appreciated.Published in The Gazette on October 24, 2012
- Selling Smoke – How Canadian cigar boxes pitched their wares – 1883 – 1935 – Civilization dot ca
Two superimposed Owl Cigar ads also featured on:
- Urban Archives Database – University Libraries – University of Washington – Digital Collection