East London has some Fattvapes. Two to be exact, with the aim of being the place where your vaping journey begins. Founded by Wez and Stu in 2014. Two friends with a passion for vaping who consider vaping to be both a business and a hobby. With two stores in the Chadwell Heath area of East London Fattvapes is the type of vape store where you’ll find friendly faces, great advice and the rather genius addition of a pool table
We decided it was time to pay Wez and Stu a visit to find out more about Fattvapes and brush up on our pool skills.
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.
Tell us how Fatt Vapes started, what’s the story?
Myself (Wez) and Stu decided we were going to try and quit smoking by the World Cup final in 2014. So we tried vaping and realised it was the future. We quickly became involved in the scene and learnt as much as we could. We opened our first Fattvapes store in my tattoo studio, Fattatts. From there it grew and we have since had 3 shops and recently opened our flagship store in Chadwell Heath.
How’s the new flagship store performing?
It’s good, we are happy with it, although the TPD has been hard for customers, but everyone is adapting and the future’s looking bright.
Where do you see that future going?
Regulation, but the industry needs it. It allows for clarity in what the industry has to offer and what people are buying. From there the industry can be focussed on what it was initially intended for, which is to offer a healthier alternative to smoking. The industry will continue to become more diverse and we will continue to support all of vaping.
Have you noticed any interesting trends developing in the world of vaping?
There’s some great e-liquid coming out of London at the moment and the Malaysian e-liquids are very popular.
You’ve been stocking Shoreditch e-liquid for a while now. How is it performing?
Shoreditch undoubtedly one of the great e-liquid around right now. It’s centre stage on our shelved and is performing really well. I’d say it’s a must for any store that considers itself a serious vape store.