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Detra Denise

Founder Detra's Story Cigars
Host SGM Cigar Speakeasy

Detra, originally hailing from the state of Arkansas, has been a New York City resident for eight years. Within the past year she was a featured story on Humans of New York which launched her from an enjoyable time in human resources with YSC Consulting to starting her own cigar line, Detra’s Story Cigars. She has also started her own non-profit, One Woman’s Journey to Love. As a performer, Detra has produced 18 shows in Manhattan and Brooklyn, including a one-woman play at Tada Theater.

Detra’s journey into the cigar community started during the height of COVID. With many businesses moving out to the city’s sidewalks, she began to interact with the patrons of her local cigar lounge during daily life around the neighborhood. During a visit from one of her sons in the fall of 2020 she smoked her first cigar at the Harlem Cigar Room and soon became adopted into the local cigar family. The love and community of the cigar family, which has quickly grown over the last two years, has captivated her as much as the enjoyment of the cigars themselves. Since the release of her story on Humans of New York, the cigar has became even more of a symbol of hope and resilience for her. An anthem that she hopes to share with the rest of the world with the launch of her own cigar lines

Detra Denise
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