Meet Jesse: “Hookah Changed My Life”

At first glance, Jesse is an ordinary looking guy. He’s got two arms, two legs, and the craziest beard you’ve ever seen. You would never guess that Jesse was once a gymnast training for the Olympics.

“After school, I’d go straight to the gym, practice all day, and I wouldn’t leave until it was dark. On weekends, I would coach,” he remembers. “It controlled my life.”


Because Jesse took gymnastics so seriously, smoking hookah became his only outlet for fun. “My friend and I would smoke on the sly, smoking hookah in our car,” he said with a smile, “And it was terrible. The bowls were always over-packed, burnt, and we’d almost always end up with a headache.”

Then one day, one of his friends from gymnastics told him about Terrene. Even though he didn’t really know what to expect, Jesse gave it a try. Not only did he learn how to enjoy smoking properly, but it was there Jesse found friends that he would have never met otherwise. “I met this guy named Ice who always cracked jokes. At first, I didn’t really know what to make of him. But in the end, he became one of my best friends. The more time I spent around new people in the lounge, the more comfortable I felt in my own skin. It got me to loosen up and see that I wasn’t just ‘the shy guy who did gymnastics.’ I found out that I was actually more confident than I thought.” With this new-found freedom, Jesse met all sorts of people from all parts of Albuquerque. They, too, were looking for creative outlets. “When we were just hanging out, we’d always try to out-do each other with the best smoke tricks.”

Eventually adopting the name “HookahJesse,” he kept practicing his hookah tricks and was the first person in the lounge to perfect the art of smoke ring bending (O bending). He was featured in Hookah Exclusive Magazine alongside a how-to article on blowing a smoke ring through another smoke ring. Jesse now has over 3,000 followers on Instagram as well as a HookahJesse page on Facebook.

Today, Jesse is a committed employee of Terrene Hookah. He works in the back helping people find their perfect flavor, welcoming newcomers to Terrene, or teaching others how to take care of their hookahs. You can usually find him talking to new people or showing others how to do the next crazy smoke trick.


“I thought I came to Terrene to smoke. But what I found was something I didn’t know I was missing: Friends and laughter… lots of laughter.” Are you looking for some new people to hang out with? Come to Terrene and find people you can’t get anywhere else.

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