Good Bye Retail

Saying Farewell to Retail and Embracing a New Journey

As I sit down to write this blog post, I can’t help but reflect on the journey I’ve been on since 2013, a journey that has defined a significant part of my identity.

When we first opened in 2013

For the past decade, owning retail shops, specifically vape shops, has been my life. It’s been a rollercoaster of experiences, challenges, and growth. However, as 2023 approaches, I find myself at a crossroads, ready to embark on a new chapter in my life.

Owning retail shops, especially in the vape industry, became more than just a business venture for me. It became a part of my identity. I poured my heart and soul into creating spaces where customers could find the products they sought and a sense of community. Over the years, I have met incredible people, built lasting relationships with customers and suppliers, and had the privilege of helping people make healthier choices for themselves.



This past year, I realized that retail was no longer where my heart lay. The industry was changing, and my passion for retail was fading. The daily grind, the ever-increasing regulations, and the constant challenges began to take their toll on me. I had more joy in fighting laws than following them.

I knew it was time for a change, a shift towards something that would reignite my sense of purpose and fulfillment.
I did carry a bit of regret that I paused to make this decision. I felt like I was holding on to something important. Even though the universe gave me so many signs, I kept ignoring them. It’s often the case that we cling to the familiar, even when it no longer serves our best interests. But sometimes, it takes a leap of faith to move forward, to leave the comfort zone behind.


Four hours after sending that email to the building management, letting them know that we are not renewing our lease, a phone call came, and I was asked to speak in Panama in November! The universe said, Yes, Maria, you made the right decision.” It was a clear sign that I was on the right path and that letting go of my retail business was the right choice. The timing of this opportunity couldn’t have been more perfect, and it felt like a reward for having the courage to take a step into the unknown.



As I prepare to let go of my vape shops and retail business, I want to express my gratitude to everyone who has been a part of this incredible journey. I’m thankful for the experiences, the lessons, and the relationships that have shaped me into the person I am today.


The road ahead is uncertain, but I am determined to face it with courage and enthusiasm. It’s a journey of self-discovery, growth, and reinvention. And although it’s scary, the prospect of embracing a new adventure fills me with excitement and hope. Here’s to the unknown and to what the future holds. It’s a reminder that sometimes, you must let go of what no longer serves you to embrace something better.

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