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What is The Speak Easy?

The Speak Easy: Storyteller's Edition is a not for profit, pop-up style event based in Detroit, Michigan.  Sponsorships and donations make the event possible.  We focus on creating an easy going, non-judgemental adult environment.  There is always amazing food, creative cocktails, and an upbeat DJ to promote networking.  We use storytelling and transparency as a tool to encourage and bridge the gap between doers and the hopeful.  We encourage trusting your neighbor by paying it forward with the donations of The Speak Easy supporters. 

"The Speak Easy doesn’t just give people a platform to tell their stories, it gives hope to people who feel alone in difficult spaces. I wanted to create an atmosphere that was comfortable, laid back and felt non-judgmental. I, literally, wanted there to be a feeling of commitment to uplifting your neighbor filling the room and give people the opportunity to not only “empower” but to be assessable. " -Nik

The Founder


Nik R. Cole, is a chef classically trained in the metro Detroit area. She has worked in several kitchens across the state including the University of Michigan.  She currently owns Fork Knife and Food, a small catering company and is opening a gastromart in the north end of Detroit which will serve as shelving for local artisans, a full bar and a full-size kitchen. More recently she has created and successfully start running The Speakeasy: Storytellers Edition which is her most prized project to date.  This passion project serves as a safe, nonjudgmental space for people to connect through the art of storytelling, networking and paying it forward. She plans to start a non profit to raise money so that resources are connected on a larger scale in the community.


"I really didn't know what to expect when I attended. But I must say, it was one of the most raw and heartwarming events I have ever experienced. To hear stories from people just like me who have struggled and triumphed is a beautiful thing..." -Maia Knox

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Our Storytellers!

We are proud to have had so many people from different walks of life share their story and journey through this thing called life!

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