Delores Orlando – Co-Owner, The Vapers Depot

Delores Orlando – Co-Owner, The Vapers Depot

Delores is the co-owner of The Vapers Depot; a family operated vaping shop with multiple locations throughout Florida. Founded in 2016, The Vapers Depot has set out to not only sell quality products; they are a company on a mission to help people stop smoking cigarettes. Their mission is rooted in a very personal story.

“The way I got started in the industry was my husband had been using these products or about two or three years. He was in an attempt obviously to get off cigarettes, and I was supporting that wholeheartedly,” she said.

Her husband previously tried other methods to quit with little success. Within a year of starting to vape, her husband never picked up another cigarette again.

“After about a year of using this product, he said, you know what? I think I want to open a store. He said, okay, you're getting these products, at a flea market. I can open a store and do it bigger, and better have more quality products instead of what they're just carrying at a flea market.”

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Delores was very skeptical about this idea at first. She knew little about the industry, they both had corporate jobs, and she wasn't interested in getting into a "whole new sector of life.”

Her reluctance turned into motivation when she and her husband realized the positive impact they can have in other’s people lives by helping them get off of cigarettes. Both Delores and her husband lost their fathers to lung cancer, and then later her husband also lost his brother to lung cancer.

“We took our savings we had, and we opened that first store, and here we are. Amazing. I mean that's a really beautiful story to know that it made such an impact to the point where you both, decided that it would be worth it.”

I truly believe that our purpose in life is to get, it's our company mission statement to get as many people combustible cigarettes as possible, even if that means that a cost to a company. So, if you come in for your first time and you say, I only have $20, I want to get off cigarettes, I'm going to figure out a way to make that happen for you. That's amazing.”

Today, her entire family is not only involved in the business; they are industry advocates. Delores is heavily involved in the Florida Smoke-Free Association and as a woman who has been successful in this industry, hopes more women will get involved. Many women are already making an impact, and she believes that the industry's success rests on those who take action in the best way they can.

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Author, Angela Betancourt

 

March 13, 2019 by Beverley Harris-Alvarez
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