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From The Beginning, An Autobiographical Account Of One Vapor’s Journey To Create A Store, Brick and Mortar and Online

Reuven Tenam, July 29th, 2015, VaperSerum.com

Since I am not a writer all I can do is start from the beginning. 

October 2013, I have been vaping for over a year and making my own juice for the last 8 months. I started vaping Memorial Day weekend 2012, and I remember that day like it was yesterday.

At the time I was smoking for 32 years, not a heavy smoker, around 1/2 a pack a day and at times even more, depending on how my day was going. At the time I had my job/career, and I was a small business owner. To this day I still do plumbing here and there.

As I started vaping I noticed the need to smoke become less and less. One day, in October 2013, I am looking to buy juice and some hardware online when I thought to myself, ‘Why not open a vape shop in Queens or Brooklyn’?” At that time there were maybe a couple of shops at best, so I figured now would be a good time.

I remember looking at the screen and saying, “I can do this!” At that time, I was doing DIY juice and I liked my stuff.

I thought to myself, “How hard can be to sell it?”

The answer is: It’s hard and extremely time consuming to make it really good to resell.

At that time, my sister, who lives in Asheville NC, and I were talking and starting to get to know each other better. For a long time we led completely different lives and really never had any kind of relationship; practically strangers. I am the older brother and I haven’t seen my sister in 4 years, and when we did see each other it was due to a family event. Otherwise, there was no communication between one another.

I started speaking to my sister near the beginning of 2013 because I figured enough was enough. I am now 51 and she is my family. Just to let you know, my sister never has money, is always broke, is a divorcee with a daughter in college, and a son in high school. I won’t go into those details.

Now my sister and I are communicating a lot and I am feeling good about her. It’s been too long since I have been able to say, “I have 2 sister’s!” (My parents and my other sister live in Florida and I communicate with them regularly.)

On the day that I decided to get into the vaping business I called my sister, she got excited.  From that day forward I started putting things together. 

See next edition for more on this story…

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