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 OUR STORY

ABOUt | The cigar factory
 

The Cigar Factory was constructed in 1881 as a cotton manufacturing facility with the latest technological advances of the day, such as electricity, steam heat and a fire safety system. After surviving the devastating Earthquake of 1886, the Cigar Factory changed hands and was leased in 1903 to the American Cigar Company, producer of famous RoiTan and Certified Creamo cigars.

During the darkest days of the Great Depression the Cigar Factory was one of the few civilian workplaces that provided secure employment for a full day's wages. Cigars were produced in the building for 70 years and at its high point, 1.5 million cigars rolled out of the factory each day.

The building later began converting to office and warehouse space, and over the next decade, as the owners struggled to find the right use for the building. In 1980 the Cigar Factory was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and shortly thereafter, they welcomed Johnson and Wales, the famed culinary school, which became the largest tenant. 

In 2014, Roi-Tan Investments, a group of local investors and Federal Capital Partners, a privately held real estate investment company based out of Maryland, purchased the Cigar Factory. The property has been transformed into a first class, mixed-use building that includes unmatched creative work/office space, signature restaurants and event space, high-end retail and abundant parking.

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News + Press

2016

BON APPETIT -  Mercantile and Mash
May 2016
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WINE & SPIRITS MAGAZINE -  Bar Mash
April 2016
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MARTHA STEWART BLOG -  Fritz Porter, The Cedar Room
April 2016
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ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST - Fritz Porter
April 2016
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POST & COURIER - From cloth to cigars to Clemson
January 31, 2016
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LIQUOR.COM -  Bar Mash
January 2016
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2015

FSR MAGAZINE - Mercantile And Mash Opens In Charleston's Historic Cigar Factory
September 25, 2015
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POST & COURIER -  Garden & Gun Magazine Opens In Cigar Factory
August 31, 2015
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EATER - 5 Things To Know About Upcoming Mercantile And Mash And The Cedar Room
August 17, 2015
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EATER - The 23 Most Anticipated Food Halls in the Country
March 05, 2015
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CHARLESTON BUSINESS JOURNAL - Eatery, Bar and Event Space Set To Open At CF.
August 6, 2015
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POST & COURIER -  Charleston Gains It's First Food Hall
September 22, 2015
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CHARLESTON BUSINESS JOURNAL - Pure Insurance Moves To Cigar Factory
August 25, 2015
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CHARLESTON BUSINESS JOURNAL - Eatery, Bar and Event Space Set To Open At CF.
August 6, 2015
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EATER - Indigo Road Reveals the names at Cigar Factory
September 12, 2014
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ABCNEWS4 - New owners to give new life to Cigar Factory
May 02, 2014
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POST & COURIER -  Transformed Downtown Charleston Landmark Quickly Filling...
September 5, 2015
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HOLY CITY SINNER -  Mercantile And Mash And The Cedar Room Eye September Opening
August 22, 2015
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POST & COURIER -  Cigar Factory Attracts Several New Tenants Ahead Of June Opening
May 6, 2015
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POST & COURIER -  Transformed Downtown Charleston landmark quickly filling
April 17, 2014
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POST & COURIER -  Long-vacant Cigar Factory building in Charleston sold
April 17, 2014
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AWARDS

2015

2015 Carolopolis Award - The Preservation Society of Charleston
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Preservation’s Best of 2015
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