April 9, 2002
After a search in this small very strictly religious village, my friend and I were pointed to a group of buildings behind the normal road. It looked like we we driving onto someones territory. At the right a smith was situated and we had to manoeuver through all kinds of farmers vehicles. But there it was. A shed on which a plaquette was hung in fainted paint "Van 't Veen, sigarenfabriek". We just tried a door and ended up in the factory itself. A typical young woman from this region was standing between two machines, all kinds of arms and rolls and things moved around her. A man was behind a computer in some sort of an office of one square meter. He pointed us to walk through to a secundary room. There was actually a counter. Behind a young man who was obviously the sun of the former man. He was wearing the overall of the factory I work myself, from before the take over by the international holding Numico, eight years or so.
Most peculiar about this factory is that one can buy his cigars only here, directly from the counter in large quantities (100 pieces or 50) in bags, just like in the old days. The quality of the tobacco is very high, though the cigars are a bit roughly made. But for a high quality cigar they are extremely cheap, because these people do not advertise anywhere, nor do they sell to shops or anything else that might increase prices.
But just for the almost museum like experience it is definitely worth visiting.
From journal Kampen