Carl and Denice Wellman turned the end of a long-term habit into a brand new enterprise for them.
They have opened That Vape Shop in Hamner Shopping Center in Flatwoods in the space formerly occupied by Fiesta Salon.
Carl, son of Carol and Brenda Wellman and Denice is the daughter of Janice Hensley. The couple has a melded family.
Jerade Henley, Ryan Hensley and Karlie Wellman make up the melded family.
Carl, a graduate of Fairview High School, and Denice a Huntington High graduate teamed up to open the business in light of personal life choices.
“We provide quality product to our customers who want to make the switch from traditional tobacco cigarettes to the Electronic Cigarettes,” Denice said.
“We also have a laid back environment that people can just come in and hang out with others who have made the change.
“We are a part of a Community of Vapers who support each other and you meet many new people and make new friends along the way.
The shop is only a few weeks old, opening February 18, 2015.
The couple says they have been able to get the store open, “With a lot of hard work with the help of friends and family.”
The decision to go into the business had couple elements that there business operators hope will provide a long-term financial opportunity.
“We decided to quit smoking in June of 2014. We bought our first set up (for vapor cigarettes) and Carl said it was so easy to quit it felt like cheating.
“We have gathered all the knowledge we could on the different products that we carry so that we can pass that along to the customers,” she added.
Carl said the couple’s goals are targeted and are, “To help more people make the switch from traditional tobacco.
“We plotted our own course, and with the help of close friends and family it all came together.
“It is a very social activity. We have met great people that we would never have met before.”
Growth has a definite pattern for the Wellmans, “How can we best reach our goals?
By constantly bringing in new product.”
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