Come in and Get to Know Us

The Humidour Cigar Shoppe on the Hill is a family owned business, and once you walk through our door, you immediately become part of our extended family.

We invite you to come in and get to know us and we look forward to getting to know you. Meet Daddy Jim, daughter Finnie and husband Chris. We’ve been here for generations and while we probably know more about cigars and tobacco products than anyone you’ll ever meet, what we really pride ourselves on is our customer service. Sure, everyone says that, right? But it's true. We really do go above and beyond because we know it's thanks to YOU that we've been in business for 18 years and counting!

You don't have to take our word for it though, here's what a few fine folks have shared with us:

 

"Personally, I love The Humidour Cigar Shoppe and it's owners. They are a great family that is generous and committed to serving their customers and the larger community. I am a huge fan." - David Black

 

"The Humidour's friendly and knowledgeable staff make you feel at home It is more than a store, it is a cigar buying experience not to be missed. " - Scott Breza

 

"Jim, Finnie & Chris are so open and ready to help people. They make newbies feel so accepted, that's why people come back." - John Frizzera

A little background on us:

James C. Pecunes

In 1941, Baltimore was graced with the birth of James C. Pecunes, who would in 1997 become the founding father of The Humidour Inc., or otherwise known as, "Daddy Jim."

 

Jim is an alumnae of Baltimore City College, where he served as class president in his junior and senior year. He is also a graduate of Mt. Vernon School of Law (now University of Baltimore). Truly committed to Baltimore County, Jim served for six years as a part-time administrative aid to the Baltimore County Executive, as President at Rodgers Forge and Springdale Homeowner’s Associations, and as an active realtor for 44 years.

 

Jim ’s father, Constantine Pecunes, was a wholesale distributor of tobacco and a retail liquor store owner. In 1997 Jim decided to follow in his father’s footsteps, and opened The Humidour, Inc.

 

In 1963, Jim married Marilyn Lazaris from Detroit Michigan. They have six children and 20 grandchildren, whom they have enjoyed traveling with over the years in one of the nine motorhomes that they have owned over the years.

 

This Baltimore fan also cheers on our sports teams, starting as a Baltimore Colts season ticket holder with his Dad, and now a ticket holder for both the Ravens and Orioles. One of his favorite lifetime memories was attending SuperBowl XLV with Marilyn in 2013 in New Orleans and watching his beloved Ravens defeat the 49ers 34-31!

 

His favorite part of The Humidour is the many lifelong relationships he has built with his customers. His customer service is over the top because he believes his customers are his top priority.

Finnie Pecunes Helmuth

Born in Baltimore in 1974, Finnie (Jim and Marilyn’s daughter) has 3 brothers and 2 sisters. She graduated with honors from Dulaney High School and Villa Julie College (now Stevenson University), with a BS in Biology. She was also a member of Villa Julie’s inaugural Women’s Basketball Team.

 

In 1997, she decided to help her Dad temporarily with the opening of The Humidour. Within months, she fell in love with the business and was elected to partner. In 2000, she attended the Retail Tobacco Dealers of America Trade Show (RTDA now iPCPR) in San Antonia and fell in love again—this time with Chris Helmuth, from Philadelphia, whom she would later marry.

Finnie served on the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association (iPCPR) for the last 12 years and is currently the President. In November 2003, Chris and Finnie were married — it was truly a Big Fat Greek Wedding!

 

Finnie spearheaded the formation of the Premium Cigar Retailer Association of Maryland (PCRAM) in 2009, to unite Maryland Cigar Retailers to fight against topics such as tobacco tax increases, smoking ban legislation, and display restrictions.

In 2010, Finnie was awarded the Smart CEO BRAVA Award, which celebrates the top female CEOs who combine their irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for giving back to the community.

 

In April of 2011, Finnie and Chris were blessed with the birth of their daughter Carmella Domenica Helmuth.  Carmella has the same warm heart as her mother but every now and then the Philadelphia comes out in her (during which time, Finnie will call her “Little Christina”).

 

Finnie was awarded the Davidoff Golden Band Award for her Industry Service in 2013. She continues to raise the bar each year as the President of The Humidour Inc. and is credited for most of the events which have become classic for the shoppe.

Christopher George Helmuth

Born in Philadelphia in 1973, Chris established his own construction company at the age of 18. After a construction accident, he was forced to find another career. He decided to follow his passion and enter the cigar industry, by managing his best friend’s cigar store in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

 

In 2000, Chris met Finnie at the Industry Trade Show, and in 2002 again followed his passion — this time to move to Maryland to marry Finnie. Chris returned to the construction industry, overseeing the construction at Humidour’s 10721 York Road location. During the 2008 recession, the building industry suffered, and Chris decided to join Humidour, filling a void in the operations of the shoppe.

 

Chris’ construction background proved to be an incredible asset as Humidour began to grow. He was the brains behind the creation of Club Ashton, Humidour’s private membership lounge. Within 5 years, The Humidour Inc. was forced to move, and in just five weeks, Chris moved mountains so the company could move to the current location.

 

Chris is responsible for the shoppe maintenance as well as the cigar and accessory selection. His talent with numbers, the cigar industry, and the construction industry, has made Finnie’s perfect marriage partner, the perfect business partner.

Michael Kidd

Even though he doesn’t have a direct place on the family tree, Michael is an integral part of Humidour, Inc. Born in Baltimore in 1982; Michael graduated from Calvert Hall College in 2000 and received an academic scholarship to attend York College of Pennsylvania, where he studied English and played Rugby.

 

After a year and a half of college, Michael’s passion for reading led him to leave school and work in a bookstore for almost a decade. Michael still reads several hours each day, and is usually in the middle of at least three books at any given time. (If you share his obsession with the complete unabridged Oxford English Dictionary he may give you a free cigar.) In 2010 Michael moved to Portland Oregon with his twin brother Shawn, where he started working in a cigar shop. He quickly developed a passion for tobacco to rival his passion for books.

 

In 2013, he returned to his hometown to be closer to family and friends, and joined the staff of the Humidour. In 2014, Michael was promoted to manager. His encyclopedic knowledge of cigars, and tobacco has made him invaluable in expanding and refining he Humidour’s selection of pipes, pipe tobaccos, and cigars.

Now, we'd like to get to know you. After all, you’re family!

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