For 21 years, Victoria Sylvestre spent her days in a classroom giving art lessons and teaching various art techniques to high school students. But several years ago, she decided it was time for a change. She had recently discovered ecigs in an effort to quit smoking and she wanted to launch her own line of ecigs and eliquids. What began as a far-fetched dream turned into an ecig empire with five stores spread across North Carolina. Today, Sylvestre is no longer known as the lady who teaches art. Instead, she’s called “The Vapor Girl”.
Sylvestre said her interest in ecigs began in 2011 when she decided to try vaping to help her kick her heavy smoking habit. She was smoking a pack a day on school days and when school was out, she would smoke two packs per day. She knew that this would eventually take a major toll on her health so she decided to try ecigs. While she enjoyed vaping, she wanted to improve on the overall ecig designs and flavors. She started playing around with mixing her own eliquids at home and pretty soon, she realized that she had a potentially great business on hand. Her husband, who had also quit smoking with the help of ecigs, joined forces with her and they launched their ecig business online.
In the beginning, the Sylvestres faced many challenges. Ecigs were still relatively new and credit card companies were hesitant to work with them. But they pressed on, selling ecigs and liquids online. “Initially, I would run out into the living room, like ‘Got another sale!’” she remembers.
About a year later, Sylvestre quit teaching for good so she could give her full attention to her growing business. They converted their garage into an office and ran the business there, even hiring their first employee. As things continued to grow, they eventually launched their first production facility and vape shop. With some serious momentum and a reputation for great eliquids in NC, Sylvestre soon had five vapor shops spread across the state.
Today, she continues to enjoy her work and supports the industry wholeheartedly. In fact, she believes that teaching people about vaping isn’t so different from her previous job in a classroom. “I’m helping people,” she explained. “It goes completely and utterly along with everything I have worked for my entire life – to help people.”
It’s amazing to read stories like this and hear how vaping is changing lives! How has your life changed since you started using ecigs?