I don’t go to vape shops anymore. There was one that I liked and visited every week. They had a decent selection of e-liquids, equipment and supplies. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly. Once I started DIYing I continued my visits mostly to see what they got in and to get ideas. They were always interested in what I was working on and the owner wanted to strike up a deal to have me develop recipes for the shop and have a lab mix them up.
Unfortunately things went south. The owner wasn’t ordering much and the employees weren’t getting work schedules or paid on time. I offered to help him out having ordering and shipping/receiving experience through Kmart and payroll, book keeping and HR experience through my father martial arts schools, but he wasn’t interested. One day he just closed the doors and that was it. I guess towards the end it was lacking leadership.
Another “vape shop” eventually opened at the site and they were even selling some of the product he left behind, but it wasn’t the same. They weren’t anywhere near as friendly as the old crew. Hell, they were downright rude. They acted as if I had come in just to annoy them. And instead of the cases of new mods, tanks and RDAs, most of the space was consumed with “vintage” clothing they were trying to sell. Seriously they were just t-shirts and hoodies with their logo, nothing special and definitely not high quality. The e-liquid selection was not impressive. Nothing new, just what is popular. That in itself isn’t a bad thing, but they is a difference between locally popular, nationally popular and globally popular. But it looks like they just went online and typed in “what are the most popular brands of e-liquid” and started ordering blindly. The employees didn’t even know what half the liquids were suppose to taste like. And if was filthy. I couldn’t believe how dirty it had gotten in 4 months. I went into the bathroom to clean my coils and, well, I said fuck it, I’ll just use them as is. This “vape shop” is missing the fucking point.