Tuesday’s Cigar Tips: 10 Things You Can Do To Get Ready For CIAA, Cigar Lifestyle Edition!

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CIAA 75th Anniversary of Championship Basketball Tournament

 The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA®), the nation’s first African American Athletic Conference, will host its 75th Anniversary CIAA Basketball Tournament in Charlotte, NC. The tournament has been held in Charlotte for the past 15 years and this will be the last celebrated year that Charlotte is the host city, it will be moving to Baltimore, MD in 2021. The CIAA has generated over $325 million in economic impact for the “Queen City” Charlotte, N.C.

CIAA is a very exciting time in the city to see the sporting events, as well as attending many of the shows, plays, concerts, bars, and clubs that will be jammed packed with spectators, celebrities, locals, and out-of-towners.

CIAA kicked off this week, it started on Monday, 2/24/2020 (Also, this date/day will now also be remembered for the Celebration of Life Tribute, to Kobe Bryant), which means it’s time to start prepping!

Here are 10 things you can do to get yourself “CIAA-Ready.”

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1. Have a Medium-to-Light Coat & Umbrella – The weather in Charlotte is unpredictable, it’s cold one day, warm another, and raining at different parts of the day, and could even snow, who knows, so use a handy weather app or check our local weather channels such as WSOCTV to stay updated.

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2. Get Some New Sneakers – with the weather being uncertain and depending on your daily scheduled actives and going into the evening time, you’ll be doing some walking and being very mobile, as you’re in the Uptown Charlotte area, so sneakers are a must, and let’s not forget stylish, too! Especially, if you’ll be tearing the club up with the latest dance moves at the infamous “Day-Parties,” you’ll want your sneakers.

3. Start Pricing & Planning Your Activities – CIAA can get pretty costly with going out to eat, attending all the A-listers parties/events, being social, doing both day and night parties, attending the tournaments, shows, concerts, hotel accommodations, your gear, your hair, your look, and etc…WoooChileeeee! Has anyone taxes deposited, because you’ll need them…LOL. No seriously, plan wisely and try to purchase tickets in advance to save on cost and parking. Be Smart! 

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4. Get Your Attire/Gear Ready – CIAA means that you better bring your “A-Game.” Fellas and Sistahs will be dressed for the “Godssssssss,” so have your attire on point, an Absolute Must! Overall, it depends on your activities and attendance of guests and location. We have plenty of shopping malls in Charlotte such as Outlet Malls and High Fashion Malls.

5. Toe Exposure – Your toes are sure to be exposed ladies in those stylish open-toed pumps/booties, we love to wear, so do your feet some justice even in the ending of winter, if not all-year-round, get those dogs ready with a pedicure! And, hey, men too, you might get “Booed Up” (single fellas only…LOL).

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6. Body Wax or Razor? – Take your attention to detail up a notch, by taking a razor or wax to that hair and take care of it, Sis!

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7. Handwashing – Now, there is a slew of germs, viruses, the flu, and other illnesses not making judgment and infecting any and everyone just about, so be mindful in your travels wipe all seats down with Lysol wipes, wear a mask if needed, and most certainly properly wash your hands often.

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8. Get A New Scent – The perfect completion to any look and self-care is a great smelling perfume or cologne.

9. Stop & Smell The Roses – Be sure to take some breaks from all the hustle and bustle out there in those Charlotte streets. We have some great coffee lounges and coffee shops to unwind and just people watch, and please stay hydrated with water. I love using the website and Instagram page of Charlotte Agenda for the know and what’s going on in Charlotte.

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10. Cigar Lounges – The main two Cigar Lounges that’ll surely give you what you need for actions and mingling, who have lined up events and guests appearances for the ultimate Tailored Experience, please visit my good friend, Preston Gray’s establishment, Tailored Smoke, which is located inside the Epicenter in Uptown Charlotte. Also, for the soulful and sultry cigar lounge, please visit my dear friend, Nas, at Aroma Cigar Lounge on the East Side of Charlotte.

I hope these 10 Cigar Lifestyle suggestions listed above were helpful to jump-start your CIAA week/weekend in Charlotte, NC. If you’re in town, please connect with me and let me know, I’ll love to see you, or just shoot me a message to say you’re having a great/safe time in the “Queen City.”

Keep it Smokey, My Friends, and always Informed!


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