Happy Birthday to us!!!
It’s been a strange couple of years. When the three of us came together to open Liquid City, we were excited to see what the future holds. We wanted to bring a whole new vaping experience to the Bridgend area. Helping more people to bin the cigarettes and begin a new journey.
We went into full blown design mode. We wanted the shop to be somewhere where people could easily access our services and feel excited as they walked through our doors.
When the shop fit was complete, we stood back and thought, ‘wow, yeah, we did it!’. And then the unexpected happened. Just a couple of months into our new business journey, the doors were closed. The doors to the whole world were closed.
We’d been told to expect the unexpected when we went into business for ourselves but holly shit, who could have prepared for that! So, whilst we have just celebrated our 2nd anniversary, to us, we feel like we’re still in our first year so we thought it would be a great opportunity to thank you for all your support so far and let you get to know us a little better.
Lets Start with KEV!
At 35, he thinks he looks like a 21-year-old but feels 41! We’re not sure we would agree on any level!
A family man, he loves spending time with his fiancé and children and teaching them the ways of the world.
A a golf fan, you’ll often find him spending his down time with friends on the golf course where they relax and unwind but we all know they are always trying to get one up on each other!
Kev is the techy of the bunch. He loves to mess around with different technology and platforms which probably explains why it’s likely to be his face you’ll see all over our socials. Kev has a passion to drive the company forward with a social media presents and can see the big picture in the media world we live in.
Before Liquid City he worked within the trade as Carpenter and joiner and Kitchen specialist for more than 16 years. (Another useful bloke to have around). It was during his time in this industry that he started to vape because the smoking ban had come in, but he liked the social aspect of it. So, he ditched the cigarettes and explored the idea of vapes instead. With a strong mind set and the idea of a vaping carrier and wanted to bring information and friendly support to others who needed help quitting the cigarettes. That’s when Kev met Colin a knowable soul with the same plan in mind.
So leads us to Colin
Colin is originally from Portsmouth (we know, don’t hold that against him). He’s been residing in Wales for over ten years now, so we consider him an honorary Welsh man!
43 years young, he is loving the slower pace and the friendliness of the Welsh (we can’t blame him for that) and in his spare time (when we let him out), he loves fishing, boxing, football, history, and science. You will know this about him if you’ve ever stopped by because if there’s one thing about Col, we all know, it’s how much he loves to talk!!! Not a bad trait for a guy in retail so we’ll let him off!
Before Liquid City, Colin was working for a small but successful e-liquid company where he climbed the ladder very quickly to managing many of their shops throughout Wales. Before that, he was a painter and decorator so he’s quite handy to have around!
A little-known fact about Colin (unless you get him talking for long enough) is that is he a qualified reflexologist so if you’ve had a tough day and need to chill out with a vape and a foot rub, you know where to come!
Let’s move on to Andy.
Andy is the oldie amongst us. At 47, he’s lightyears ahead so is the father figure in the team. (Ok, we can’t even take our own words seriously at that!). Seriously though, Andy understands the balance between work and pleasure.
Family time is important to him. He enjoys spending his time off with his partner, the children and dare we say it…grandchildren (we told you he was old).
Andy is passionate about golf and if you pop into the shop when he’s here, we will keel over in shock if he’s not glued to the computer watching some golfing YouTube video! He will tear himself away for you though so don’t worry.
He gets a bit competitive at times. Particularly on the golf course as Kev will testify but he also brings it into the shop on occasion which usually results in a random TikTok challenge. Note, he always seems to wangle it so he’s not in front of the camera!
Before Liquid City, he worked as a prison officer for around nine years, he was offered an opportunity to move into the security and close protection sector. Mainly in the music industry, he provided personal security to the likes of Dolly Parton and Beyonce. (I know, we were a bit star struck too!). He then moved on to work for the Dubai Royal Family.
Andy feels very privileged to have been able to work in this area. We’re not sure he’d tell you the same about working with Colin and Kev!!!
So, there you have it. The three amigos. There are probably far worse names for the Liquid City trio, but we like the bubble we live in so don’t spoil it.
That’s who you will meet when you come into the store. You will always be greeted with a smile, expert knowledge, and a helping hand whether you’re new to vaping or a seasoned pro.
Here’s to the next two years and then some. We feel as though we are just beginning and look forward to bringing you on our awesome vape shop journey with us.