I was eagerly anticipating my trip to Vegas to attend the 2016 IPCPR, representing Main Street Cigar Lounge in Daphne as well as tending to a few delightful chores on behalf of Cigar Weekly. Heck, I hadn't been to Vegas in 30+ years!!!!
While I certainly enjoyed most every aspect of the trade show, the highlight for me was definitely the opportunity to sit down and interview Delicia Silva. This lady has intrigued me for some time now. Of course, being no different from any other red-blooded male cigar smoker, I cannot help but be smitten by her charm. But more than that, I have always admired her business savvy and ability to create a life where she can share a passion for cigars and encourage as well as enable us to share that passion along with her.
The trade show always turns out to be busier and more hectic than I plan for. Thankfully, Ms. Silva was very accommodating and flexible, as well as gracious with her own hectic schedule to allow time for me to speak with her at length. So without further ado...
Me: "Delicia, my first question has to be...what got you started, how did you initially get involved with the cigar culture?"
Delicia: "I started with an interest in cigars when I was very young, but didn't really pay attention too much to the details of cigars, I liked them, enjoyed the camaraderie, good times and a way to get together. It was later that i actually started becoming a cigar nerd, really finding out what's behind these things, they're pieces of art--and that's how I looked at it. So when I started the use of video it was sort of just trial and error, "let's talk about smoking and cigars together and what do you guys get from it"? That was kind of the idea when I first started out, then it just started growing organically from there. Along the way I learned so much from going out there and visiting the factories, visiting the different farms and it's been such a fun experience along the way"