Sizzlin’ Sunday – Featuring Cecile from Houston, TX

Meet Cecile Maiko, a sizzlin’ sister-of-the-leaf (#SOTL) from Houston, Texas. Cecile, most commonly known on social media as @Cigaress, works in the oil/gas/petrochemical industry full-time, but has spent the past 10 years working part-time as a hostess/tobacconista at Smoke Ring cigar lounge in Sugar Land, Texas. “I’ve had a passion for the leaf for 10 years, since I started working at the Smoke Ring in March of 2007,” said Cecile. Cecile usually smokes on the weekends but has known to spoil herself on occasion during the week after work. Her…

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Meet Consuelo Gomez of Amos de Santiago Cigars

Consuelo Gomez is quite possibly the only woman ever to own and operate a vertically integrated cigar company from the ground up. She began growing her own tobacco and opened her own factory shortly after she founded Amos de Santiago. “My father, Juan Gomez, had grown tobacco since I was a little girl. He had a dream to open a factory, but never accomplished it,” Gomez reveals. “In 2009, I founded Tabacalera Lizash in Tamboril, Dominican Republic, to fulfill that dream for him.” Born in the small town of Moca,…

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