Where Are They Now?

Here at the Humidour, our team and our customers become our extended family.  So, we like to keep in touch!  Here's a Q&A with some of the our former team members to give you an updaet on their lives..

Daniel Donatelli      

1.     What has changed since you left The Humidour Cigar Shoppe (marriage, kids, moved)?

I have been back in construction sales, working for a company out of Middle River and covering a large area of Maryland selling construction equipment. I have also been living with my girlfriend for over a year now in Parkville. 

 

 

2.     What do you like to do on your days off?

 

When we are in season, you will find me playing rugby with the Baltimore-Chesapeake Rugby Team. In the off season, you will most likely find me in Ocean City on the weekends. 

 

3.     What is on your bucket list?

 Visit New Zealand.

 

4.     If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would it be?

Chris Farley. He has also been my favorite actor and someone I think would have been a good time to hang out with. 

 

5.     Have you kept in contact with anyone from the shoppe?

Yes, I talk to Michael on a semi regular basis. And I am still very close with the old CLE rep Justin “MoMO” Richards. 

 

6.     What do you miss most about the shoppe?

The people, the friendly regulars and staff, it was like going to work and hanging out with your friends. 

 

7.     How did working at the shoppe change/effect your life?

Gave me a knowledge of cigars I never would have had. Also gave me a good base for a sales background which I now use every single day of my life.

 

Jill Drosinos

1.     What has changed since you left The Humidour Cigar Shoppe (marriage, kids, moved)?

So much has changed! I married Tim Drosinos in July of 2004 after dating for 3yrs and moving to Florida together for him to attend Flight School with the Navy.  Since then we have moved seven times with the military, including two tours in Japan. We are currently living in Hawaii. We have five kids ages 12, 10, 8, 4, and 2.

 

2.     What do you like to do on your days off?

I enjoy hiking, running, the beach, traveling and spending time with my family.

 

3.     What is on your bucket list?

I don’t have a bucket list per se but here are some things I’m hoping to do one day…The top thing is a Greek vacation! I’d especially love to go for Holy Week before Easter.  Since I’ve seen quite a bit of Asia and the Pacific I’d also like to live in Europe for a few years. After running two half marathons I’m hoping to run a full Marathon one day. Lastly, being as though we are rarely living by family I’d also love for the opportunity to live close enough to family so our kids can experience holidays, birthdays, and Sunday dinners at Yiayia’s or Grandma’s.

 

4.     If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would it be?

If I could I have dinner with anyone dead or alive I would pick my husbands Papou, John Drosinos and his Uncle Michael Drosinos.  They passed away a before we met and I’ve heard such wonderful things about them!  One of my sons is named after Uncle Mike and I’d love to see if they have similarities.

 

5.     Have you kept in contact with anyone from the shoppe?

I keep in touch with Nia the most.  She is the Nouna/Godmother of my 2 yr old son, James! With the help of Facebook I’m also able to keep in touch with Matt (one of my 4 year old son, Michael’s  Nouno/Godfathers), George, Jacob, Dean, and Laura.

 

6.     What do you miss most about the shoppe?

I miss interacting with all the customers! I really enjoyed talking with the customers and getting to know them. It really is a place where everyone feels like family.

 

7.     How did working at the shoppe change/effect your life?

Working at the shoppe totally changed my life! I was a young 19 year old college student who had just moved to the East Coast from Minnesota and was trying to build a life in Baltimore to be closer to Tim. The shoppe not only gave me financial stability but a family to be a part of when I was missing mine.  I am forever grateful for the opportunity Finnie gave me in joining The Humidour family!

George Stavrakis

1.     What has changed since you left The Humidour Cigar Shoppe (marriage, kids, moved)?

I left the humidor back in 2006 to finish my college degree at WVU. Since that time, I finished college and started working. Most people saw me at Smoke on the Water the years I returned back to town and hanging around the second old shop! Since graduating I tried figuring out what I wanted to do with myself. I ended up doing home remodeling until I got into doing IT work for Rhino Records and Dead.net (Yep..... THAT dead.net of The Grateful Dead).

 

My time there wasn't long and I was recruited to do work for a memory card company out of Silicon Valley where I rediscovered my love for photography (more so now that it is the digital age!!). You've seen some of my work on the website as well as from a few events over the last two years!

 

I've done work for the St Paul School for Girls and Volunteering Untapped on top of the work of mine you've probably seen through the humidor from product shooting to a few events since moving to the new shop!!  I've since stopped working for the memory card company and began a new adventure in Healthcare as an electronic medical record systems analyst at GBMC hospital. 

 

I'm currently in the process of getting Married to my Fiancé Jillian and we have our Fur Baby Marlo who we rescued from Kuwait. Marlo was abandoned by his family in Kuwait as a small puppy and had to learn to survive in the wild for almost a year. He became a feral dog before ended up being rescued by a great group of People known as Wings of Love Kuwait who I've been volunteering with since meeting them and adopting Marlo from them. If you are looking for a great dog that needs a loving home contact Wings of Love Kuwait. 

Fostering dogs has become a bit of a passion and we just recently took in our second dog for good in 9-year-old Bella.

 

2.     What do you like to do on your days off?

- What are days off? Ha-ha. 

- We stay active and try to get out of town every so often. 

- If I'm off work I hang with my boy Marlo and if the weather's nice, we venture off in to        the woods for a hike. 

- I’m currently working on a bunch of personal projects in art so I don't have too much free time! 

 

3.     What is on your bucket list?

- Eating at a 3-star Michelin restaurant

- Seeing the mother and fatherland (Greece and Germany [for my German wife])

- göbeklitepe

- gunung padang

- visiting all the megaliths and pyramids of the world

 

4.     If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would it be?

- Right now? like... RIGHT now? It's Manny Machado so I can see what his plan is for 2019. 

- Of all time? I don't know... probably Pontius Pilate?

 

5.     Have you kept in contact with anyone from the shoppe?

Of course! I'm related to half of them :)

 

6.     What do you miss most about the shoppe?

The camaraderie more than anything. I have yet to work in a place that was so socially advanced in regards to the types of conversations that could be had without people being triggered and going off the deep end. If you wanted to change the topic, someone is more than willing to talk about sports right behind you most likely. There isn't a place like that for a guy like me anymore and the Humidor is one place that I miss being at the most. 

- To add to this, I miss having the opportunity to be around so many diverse people. 

 

7.     How did working at the shoppe change/effect your life?

I count my time at the Humidor as one of the most impactful times of my life. What I learned about society and culture from there helped me more than almost even my time in college. I know more about the economy, politics, food, and the cultures that make up American life, because of my time at the Humidor. I learned about lobbying and how to fight for your rights in America because of the Humidor. It also afforded me to be able to rub elbows with some of the most elite human beings I could ever imagine meeting. I have pictures of Gary Sheffield and Ray Lewis in my portfolio because of the Humidor. I've gotten to meet famous musicians and I'm followed by Former NFL stars on Twitter because of the Humidor cigar shoppe.  The humidor cigar shoppe ushered me into manhood and got me ready for the real world. I owe Finnie and Jim everything for the opportunity they gave me as a youngster. 

(Funny story, Uncle Jim called to ask if Nia was available to come work a few weekends and she wasn't so he asked me instead...Nia would come on a few years later as I left to move away to school!)

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