The origins of the lounge
Hrm, where to begin?
Well, I guess the beginning is a good place. Charles and I struggled (like most people) to quit smoking for YEARS. We were 2 pack a day smokers and nothing worked. We tried Hypnotherapy, Cold turkey, Acupuncture, gum, pills, and patches. Nothing worked. We were living in Washington State when a friend of ours said “Hey, I quit smoking using a vaporizer. You should try it!” I said “A what now?”
So, we went to the Vape shop she worked at. She got me set up with (2) 650mAh Ego batteries and (2) Kanger Evod tanks and some very awesome Hazelnut Tobacco liquid in 24mg. She set Charles up with a 900mAh Ego battery and an 1100 ego battery and 2 Evod tanks with a Tobacco Gold flavor in 24mg. We said we would try it but really had no faith due to our many previous attempts to quit smoking.
Well it worked. I tried to smoke a cigarette a few weeks after starting vaping and it was horrible. Charles never smoked again. Life was great. We had finally quit smoking!
Then my mother became ill and my husband, girls, and I moved to Lake City, Florida to be close to her. We thought “Now where are we going to get our vape gear. There is nothing here!!! We are NOT going back to smoking.”
Charles said “Why don’t YOU open a vape shop?” And I laughed and laughed and then he said “I’m Serious.” And I stopped laughing. I never saw myself owning a business. I was scared. However, Vaping saved my life and was the only thing that helped us quit smoking. I was bound and determined to help everyone I could to do the same.
Would Lake City be ready for a Vape Shop?
Is there even a demand?
Where is this shop going to go?
We pooled together all the money we could find and found a little run down shop that was cheap and needed some tender loving care. We worked day and night from the beginning of November to the beginning of January to make our little shop a presentable place. So we did it. We opened our doors on January 17th 2014 and have been loving it and the community supporting us ever since.
Thank you Lake City for making us the #1 Vape shop in town and beyond! We love you!
Victoria's Vapor Lounge Team
Victoria is the face of Victoria’s Vapor Lounge. She stays chained to her desk doing research on the vaping industry, Rules and Regulations, doing the taxes and pretending she is in charge. She likes to play video games and watch anime in her rare spare time and (Mostly) enjoys raising 3 (mostly) happy children, 2 very insane dogs, a senile cat, a dinosaur (iguana) and 1 husband. She LOVES Japan, Japanese culture and is learning the Japanese language in hopes of traveling to Japan one day soon with her VERY TOLERANT husband, Charles. She loves her shop, loves her employees, and most of all loves all the customers she has introduced to an alternative to smoking. She also hopes one day that the FDA will let her say what she really wants to say, but for now will do the best she can with the options she has. Victoria & Charles both quit smoking September of 2013.
Tony is ex-military, and was in the Army for ten years. He also spent a few years in The Guard. He loves cycling, and was known around town as “that bike guy”, however, he has since traded in his 2 wheeler with no motor for a 2 wheeler WITH a motor. Tony also spends his time learning the latest on vaping hardware, and playing video games. Tony quit smoking December 2013.
Brandon is a Florida native, originally from Perry. His Viking forefathers loved to pillage and conquer, but he satisfies those ancient urges by being an avid hunter and gun enthusiast. He’s also a techno-geek that loves vaping and ‘murica. Brandon quit smoking March 15, 2014.
Josh is the guy who loves vaping and talking trash. He is a Narutard and fancies himself a vape expert. What he doesn't know, he will always find out for you. Josh's gruff exterior mixed with his willingness to help everyone is scary at first but, once you get to know him, you will love him as much as we do. Josh is our "Cadillac" vaper. Josh quit smoking in September of 2015.
Judy is a Salesperson at Victoria’s Vapor Lounge and the most mature person there. She is a retired firefighter from South Florida. She is married, has three grown children and two grandchildren. Judy came to Victoria’s as a customer to quit smoking and now that she works at the shop, she loves to help customer’s kick the habit too. She also cleans like a mad woman and is really organized.
The young, tall, skinny one that does awesome vape tricks. Mikey loves to keep up to date with all the latest greatest stuff on Instagram. He is our NEW bike guy since Tony went and got himself a Motorcycle. Mikey is also an avid traveler and has been to about 10 different countries and hopes to see more soon! He quit smoking in 2014.