Get to know the people behind your favourite places & spaces in downtown Burlington! We’ll be introducing you to a new owner & business throughout the year!
This week, meet Vince, the owner of Cold Turkey
1. Why did you start/open your business?
To provide a service that would effectively change the lives of hundreds and thousands of people . We saw a need to help reduce the addiction to smoking by offering a much healthier and less harmful alternative. After seeing a few family members as well as friends suffer and or die from smoking cigarettes we knew it was time to step in and take action.
2. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your business. (i.e. What is your unique offering?)
When I was younger I dabbled in the culinary arts. I always had a love for cooking and my passion grew from combining new and exciting flavours. When I discovered vaping in early 2012 I was immediately drawn to the flavour profiles which where very appealing to me. That combined with the will to quit smoking I set out on this crazy adventure to learn as much as I possibly could about the “Vaping Industry” which back then was pretty much non existent . After getting started on my first e-cigarette which I sourced out from China it took roughly 6 months for me to stop smoking cigarettes and I was convinced that this product was the key in helping others. During that time it was very hard to get ahold of the actual E-liquid and when we did come across e-liquids the flavour profiles would get boring quick. I decided to start crafting my own flavours and would eventually send them out to you tubers and people who were vaping that I had met through social media. The flavours I was crafting quickly became very popular and soon enough I had people contacting me and emailing me for more. I realized that I had created something that people wanted and could possibly be able to supply the demand. Fuelled with passion and lots of motivation I decided to create my very own E-Liquid line which is still distributed and sold today . That e-liquid line soon became viral through the tiny little community of Vapers online and locally. We knew that we were on to something but wanted to do more. We wanted the world to know how amazing this product is and how it can help them kick their smoking habit . Soon after the launch of our very first E-liquid line we started wholesaling and distributing across Canada to new “vape shops” that where popping up everywhere. We had managed to save up enough money with no outside investment to open our very own little “Vape Shop” in Beautiful Downtown Burlington. Shortly after, we opened our Manufacturing and distribution facility in Burlington as well where we manufacture all of our e-liquids in our state of the art Laboratory. Our primary goal was and still is to educate adult smokers about vaping and how it can benefit them positively . Vaping has helped many of my friends and family members quit smoking and has added years to all our lives. Vaping is currently recognized by health Canada as a safer and healthier alternative for adult smokers.
We currently offer all kinds of deals to help adult smokers get started today ! our friendly staff is always on standby and willing to educate you on the product .
3. What are the health benefits of vaping?
No smoke means no carcinogens which in turn means no cancer. Vaping has been proven to be 99% healthier and safer than smoking according to multiple peer reviewed articles. Many accredited sources have concluded this. Vaping will add years to your life if you are a current smoker and will 100% help you on your journey to kicking that smoking habit.
4. When did you open your business in Downtown Burlington?
May 17th 2014
5. What made you choose Downtown Burlington?
The Beautiful Downtown core was very appealing to us . We loved how clean and sophisticated downtown Burlington is.
6. What are the biggest benefits of having your business located in the downtown Burlington core?
Biggest benefits would be to reach more people as visibility downtown is optimal.
7. What other downtown businesses do you frequent and do business with?
Some of my personal favourites are Luganos pizza ( Literally the best pizza and wings in the world) Casteleyn for AMAZING coffee and home made chocolates! Molly cakes for the epic cookies and occasionally the martini house for some of the best food and service I have ever had! Brant and Lakeshore pharmacy is my go to for Advil but also the service is second to none. And of course the awesome staff at the BMO and TD that are always willing to help me with the zillion questions that I have on a daily basis.
8. What special events do you have coming up in 2019 that you would like the BDBA to promote and/or publish on our website and social media outlets?
We just celebrated our 5 year anniversary on the 17th of May!
9. If you had a piece of advice for our new businesses, to help them succeed, what would it be?
Make friends not enemies. Stay positive and put your best foot forward. Customer service is everything
10. What is your favourite holiday? Why?
Halloween obviously. Because I like zombies and blood! Also we go crazy and transform our store every year on Halloween!
11. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
THE COOKIE from Molly Cakes
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